Christchurch's Daniel Barry claimed a photo-finish stage win
on the penultimate stage of the Tour of Southland today, but
American Carter Jones still wears yellow heading into the
With the individual time trial and final stage from Winton to
Invercargill to come tomorrow, this year's Tour promises
another tight finish.
Bissell Pro Cycling's Jones is barely in the box seat,
holding a lead of only four seconds over Mike Northey, as he
seeks to become just the third international rider to win the
Tour in its 56-year history.
Today's 167km route in Gore saw Node 4-Subaru's Barry joined
in a four-strong break by four-time winner Hayden Roulston,
Fraser Gough and Clinton Avery.
The four did a power of work on the front, making the break
about 30km into the stage and maintaining a lead over the
peloton for the next 120km. With about 20km to go Gough
dropped off the pace and Avery did the same not long after,
leaving Roulston and Barry in a fight for line honours.
Barry, riding his fourth Tour of Southland, eventually took
the stage win by the slimmest of margins, but he was equally
concerned by ensuring Northey remained within touching
distance of yellow.
"After losing the yellow jersey, we had to use today to try
and get Mike (Northey) back up there," Barry said.
"We just wanted to put the Bissell guys under pressure so
when [the peloton] started splitting I went across and put us
in a good position for Mike to have an easier ride."
Jones, 23, finished the stage more than two minutes back from
Barry and Roulston but, while his Tour lead has narrowed, he
is still sitting in yellow ahead of the final day.
Bissell manager Glen Mitchell was confident Jones, who will
have the advantage of starting tomorrow's time trial last,
had the ability to take the yellow jersey all the way.
"We need these guys to put in the best time trial they can,"
he said. "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."
Sam Witmitz secured the sprint ace jersey after another good
day and the king of the mountain jersey sits comfortably with
Joe Chapman. Taylor Gunman has a 1m38s lead in under-23
classification and Node 4-Subaru leads the team
classification after another strong day.
Results from stage six of the Tour of Southland today:
Daniel Barry 3:51.56, 1; Hayden Roulston same time, 2;
Clinton Avery +34s 3; Michael Vink +1:35, 4; Heath Blackgrove
+1:37, 5; Michael Northey +1:37, 6; David Clark +2:02, 7;
Pieter Bulling +2:02, 8; Sean Hambrook +2:02, 9; Taylor
Gunman +2:02, 10.
General classification standings:
Carter Jones 19h18m49s, 1; Michael Northey +4s, 2; Taylor
Gunman +48s, 3; Daniel Barry +1:32, 4; Hayden Roulston +1:58,
5; Heath Blackgrove +2:10, 6; Sean Hambrook +2:26, 7; Michael
Vink +2:39, 8; Gordon McCauley +3:01, 9; David Clark +3:10,