After an arduous day, Jones holds onto the overall lead and wears yellow heading into the final day at the Tour of Southland.
The tough 167km day was blown apart early when a four man break got free in the first 20km. The gap grew to four minutes as the peloton picked up the chase. BISSELL had some help from a few other teams interested in shutting down the lead group; however with 30km remaining, the chasers hit a strong crosswind. A split in the chase group left Carter on his own to defend, and he made a select group of eight chasers. Meanwhile, the lead group was reduced to only two as two fell off pace, and Daniel Barry (Node 4 Subaru) went on to beat break mate, Hayden Roulston (Calder Stewart), in a photo finish. With every man out for Carter, the attacks were continuous. After a strong defense, Carter crossed 25 seconds behind Mike Northey (Node 4 Subaru) who sits in second overall, and Carter now leads the GC by only four seconds.
The final day is another double stage beginning with a 13km TT and wrapping up with a 93 km road race in the afternoon. Glen Mitchell is positive about Jones’ time trialing, “I’m confident in Carter’s ability, he definitely time trials very well. I don’t think he will lose any time, he could even gain a little bit. The guys have got six days of racing in their legs, so you get to a time trial and that’s pretty crucial.” It will be another hard road stage to defend against some very motivated riders, but if successful Carter could be only the third international winner of the race in its 56 year history.