Mike Northey and trophy after winning stage one of 2012 Tour du Loir et Cher E Provost

New Zealander Mike Northey is a lucky man. Not only did he win the opening stage of the Tour du Loir et Cher E Provost in France last week, but he was then presented with possibly the world's only trophy you could convert into a desirable five-bedroom residence.

Northey signed to the British-based Node4-Giordana squad over the winter and took part in the UCI 2.2-ranked race over April 11 to 15. He won the 186km opening stage from a solo escape and was presented with the yellow leader's jersey and the opulent marble-and-gold trophy for his efforts.

Russian Andrei Solomennikov (Itera-Katusha) won the race overall, with Northey finishing in sixth.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.