Historic Overview Michael Vink
Michael Vink (born 22 November 1991) is a New Zealand professional road cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates. He was signed by UAE Team Emirates on the strength of his results in the virtual cycling platform ‘MyWhoosh’.
Vink has won the Tour of Southland three times (2018, 2019, 2021), a feat only achieved by four other riders. He said of his third win “I think we were the hot favourites from day one and to finish it off for me and for all the boys and the sponsors, it’s the best way to repay them, by taking the win,” He has also won Le Race (Christchurch to Akaroa) three times (2010, 2013 and 2021) and holds the course record. He said of his 2021 victory “Conditions were pretty good, and the record was on the cards, so I really pushed hard to get the record,”
Vink, said of joining UAE Team Emirates, at the age of 31 “I’m a guy who just loves riding my bike. I would wake up, check the weather forecast, see how I felt, and then do what I wanted. I was working on and off, a few different things all cycling-related, including in shops. I’ve got too much experience in the cycling industry to do something different.”