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Kiwi Scully sprints to final stage win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/06/2017

Cyclist Tom Scully has powered to a breakthrough victory in a sprint finish in the final stage of the Route du Sud tour in southern France.

In his best result for the Cannondale-Drapac team, Scully crossed at the head of a 24-man group to notch a second career stage win in Europe.

Scully saw off French pair Mathias Le Turnier and Jerome Mainard in a furious sprint for the line to end the 155km stage from Gers-Saint Michel to Nogaro.

The other tour win for Scully came last year, during the Boucles de la Mayenne in France, when he rode for Drapac Professional Cycling, the previous incarnation of his current team.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games points race winner also won silver in the same event at that year's world track championships before turning his attention to the road.

Meanwhile, Scully's team-mate and compatriot Patrick Bevin shone again as the curtain came down on the nine-stage Tour de Suisse.

Bevin was 10th-quickest in the 28.6km time trial to record his third top-10 finish of the World Tour event.

He was second in the second stage and fourth on stage five, leaving him well placed on general classification before losing ground on two mountainous stages.

Bevin finished 32nd overall, more than 35min behind Slovenian tour winner Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin).

A handful of New Zealanders are contesting the tour, with Sam Bewley (Orica), Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) all well down the field as they pushed their claims for a spot in teams for the upcoming Tour de France.

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