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PureBlack happy to mimic the All Blacks win
Nov 4th, 11. PureBlack Racing have two stages to make Tim Gudsell the 2011 PowerNet Tour of Southland winner, and they don't mind if it takes until the final moment to do it.
"Following the All Blacks, one of the most significant things out of watching that final match was it doesn't matter how you win, you can win ugly, win in the last minute, as long as you win," PureBlack Racing Team Director Carl Williams told RoadCycling.co.nz.
PureBlack have not had the perfect tour to date, but Williams would not go as far as calling it a frustrating week. He always knew they would be a really marked team, especially in the early stages.
"I said to the guys at the beginning of the week that we were going to have to put ourselves in a position later in the week and make it really hard when everyone else is starting to die off and we will still have six guys. This is what we saw today."
The team had five in the front bunch, and if not for a crash, Williams believes Louis Crosby would have been there too.
"They executed an awesome plan in the wind," he said.
Although they planned for six riders to be in the mix, today's strategy always centered around the experienced Gudsell who rode for proteam FDJ in recent years.
"The boys have been working so hard all week to get in a position to win the race, so to win a stage like that today is so significant."
PureBlack's Business Director Greg Williams was disappointed not to be here to see the win, telling RoadCycling.co.nz he was, "very, very, proud."
With two stages left, the team in black feel they have what it takes to battle until the final metres.
"He [Tim] has got a great time trial on him, so with the strong TT, and if we need time in the afternoon, we have the team to do that as well."
Crosby was not in the front group, but he did finish the race, giving PureBlack a full roster for tomorrow's double day. Atkins' Powernet team also has a full roster, but Patrick Bevin has only got two Ascot Park teammates to help him out - Clinton Avery and Aaron Strong.
PowerNet Tour of Southland - Sun Oct 30th to Sat Nov 5th
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