Palmer wins penultimate stage

McCarthy steals overall lead

Young Australian Jay McCarthy (Jayco-AIS) picked up a valuable time bonus in the sprint finish to secure himself the leader's jersey heading into tomorrow's final stage of the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Manawatu.

McCarthy's sprint for second on the stage 4 in Palmerston North enabled him to collect the time bonus he needed to steal the yellow jersey from fellow Australian Darren Lapthorne (Drapac).

The Jayco-AIS rider will take just a three-second lead into tomorrow's final stage, which will be a showdown between the two Australian teams.

"I've got a bit of a sprint on me, but sometimes in those big bunch kicks you can get a bit lost," McCarthy said. "But today everything went to plan. I followed the right wheels and it ended there, so it was awesome."

It was an aggressive day of racing that saw many attacks launched but none gained sufficient momentum to make the break stick.

"It was a big ride by the Jayco boys today. We had a couple of boys at 1.15 so the plan was to get them up the road and put the pressure on Drapac. They were there all the way with us."

Patrick Lane (Jayco-AIS), Ben Dyball (Genesys Wealth Advisors) and Shane Archbold (BikeNZ) managed to slip off the front with 20 miles to go in what looked like a potential race winning move.

Drapac, protecting the yellow jersey, lead the peloton which chased down the leaders and engulfed them with a kilometre to go.

Australian Thomas Palmer (Drapac) prevailed in the bunch sprint ahead of McCarthy and Taupo professional Patrick Bevin (Hudson Gavin Martin).

McCarthy has a slim three-second lead ahead of Lapthorne heading into the final stage on Sunday - a 111km circuit around the outskirts of Palmerston North.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling2:29:08 
2Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin  
4Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
5Oliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Team Eleven  
6Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
7Joe Lewis (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
8Dan Barry (NZl) Benchmark  
9Alex Frame (NZl) Benchmark  
10Tim Cameron (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
11Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand  
12Chris Jory (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
13Henri Bardoul (NZl) Team Massey  
14Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
15Michael Vink (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
16Sam Rutherford (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
17Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
18Andy Bajc (Slo) Ricoh Team  
19Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
20Brendan Johnston (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
21Ben Robertson (NZl) Tait Communications  
22Matthew Marshall (NZl) Ricoh Team  
23Caleb Jones (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
24Kieran Hambrook (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
25James Oram (NZl) Team Eleven  
26Calvin Watson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
27Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
28James Elvery (Aus) Team Eleven  
29Sam Horgan (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
30Ivan Michelin-Beard (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
31Hamish Elley-Brown (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin  
32Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
33Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
34Matt Wheatcroft (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
35Damien Wright (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
36Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
37Alastair Loutit (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
38Jeremy Yates (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
39Brad Tilby (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
40Sam Lindsay (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
41Darren Rolfe (Aus) Ricoh Team  
42Ryan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
43Anthony Chapman (NZl) Tait Communications  
44William Lind (Aus) Suzuki Trek  
45Damien Howson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
46Brad Carter (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
47Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
48Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
49Joseph Cooper (NZl) Ricoh Team  
50Benjamin Hill (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
51Ryan Wills (NZl) Tait Communications  
52Tristan Thomas (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
53Nick Jowsey (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin  
54Sam Bewley (NZl) New Zealand  
55Michael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
56Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
57Andy Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
58Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
59Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Expert Team  
60Nicolas Dougal (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
61Joshua Aldridge (Aus) Expert Team  
62Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
63Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
64Dion Smith (NZl) Team Massey  
65Marc Ryan (NZl) New Zealand0:00:11 
66Josh Atkins (NZl) Benchmark0:00:14 
67Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
68Peter Smith (Aus) Hudson Gavin Martin0:00:20 
69Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:00:28 
70Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand0:02:15 
71Scott Thomas (NZl) Unique Realty  
72Johno Gee (NZl) Unique Realty  
73Lee Evans (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate  
74James Early (NZl) Tait Communications0:06:47 
75Chris Macic (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
76Stuart Houltham (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
77Myron Simpson (NZl) New Zealand  
78Nick Lovegrove (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
79Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Ricoh Team  
80Brodie Talbot (Aus) Expert Team  
81Travers Nuttall (Aus) Expert Team  
82Nelson Shaw (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate  
83Josh Taylor (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
84Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) Tait Communications  
85James McCoy (NZl) Benchmark  
86Lachlan Ambrose (Aus) Expert Team0:10:34 
87Matiu Kaihau (NZl) Team Massey  
88Thomas Donald (Aus) Team Eleven  
89Blake Hose (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
90Steve Stannard (NZl) Team Massey  
91Max Annear Henderson (NZl) Team Massey0:13:50 
92Andy Mackay (NZl) Unique Realty  
93Chris Symon (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:13:51 
94Chris Kendall (NZl) Wheelworks Racing  
95Matt Sillars (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS9:57:53 
2Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:03 
3Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:01:17 
4Patrick Bevin (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:01:28 
5Michael Vink (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:01:36 
6Damien Howson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
7Paul Odlin (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:01:37 
8Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS  
9Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:38 
10Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:45 
11Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:46 
12Joseph Cooper (NZl) Ricoh Team  
13Calvin Watson (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:01:47 
14Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand0:01:51 
15Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
16Brad Tilby (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:01:55 
17Darren Rolfe (Aus) Ricoh Team  
18Dan Barry (NZl) Benchmark0:01:57 
19James Oram (NZl) Team Eleven0:02:00 
20Sam Horgan (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:02:05 
21Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:02:11 
22Michael Naylor (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:02:27 
23Sam Bewley (NZl) New Zealand0:16:03 
24Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:16:26 
25Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:16:29 
26Joe Lewis (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS0:16:31 
27Marc Ryan (NZl) New Zealand0:16:33 
28Nicolas Dougal (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS  
29Peter Latham (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:16:37 
30Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:16:40 
31Henri Bardoul (NZl) Team Massey0:16:44 
32Benjamin Hill (Aus) RBS Morgans - ATS0:16:45 
33Jeremy Yates (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team  
34Dion Smith (NZl) Team Massey0:16:51 
35Brad Carter (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:16:52 
36Josh Atkins (NZl) Benchmark0:16:53 
37Anthony Chapman (NZl) Tait Communications0:16:57 
38Ben Robertson (NZl) Tait Communications0:16:59 
39Westley Gough (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling  
40Caleb Jones (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:17:00 
41Chris Jory (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
42Brendan Johnston (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:17:01 
43William Lind (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:17:02 
44Oliver Harding-Sheath (NZl) Team Eleven0:17:03 
45Matt Wheatcroft (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team0:17:04 
46Andy Bajc (Slo) Ricoh Team0:17:05 
47Alastair Loutit (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing  
48Nick Jowsey (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:17:08 
49Sam Lindsay (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group  
50Sam Rutherford (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:17:09 
51Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Expert Team  
52Matthew Marshall (NZl) Ricoh Team0:17:12 
53Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
54Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:17:13 
55Ryan Wills (NZl) Tait Communications0:17:14 
56Damien Wright (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:17:22 
57Tim Cameron (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:17:25 
58Kieran Hambrook (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:17:26 
59Ryan Sissons (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:17:27 
60Hamish Elley-Brown (NZl) Hudson Gavin Martin0:17:32 
61Tristan Thomas (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:17:34 
62Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco-AIS0:17:50 
63Peter Smith (Aus) Hudson Gavin Martin  
64Joshua Aldridge (Aus) Expert Team0:18:12 
65Andy Hagan (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:18:46 
66Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand0:18:58 
67Lee Evans (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:19:19 
68Scott Thomas (NZl) Unique Realty0:19:30 
69Johno Gee (NZl) Unique Realty0:20:20 
70Nick Lovegrove (NZl) Subway Pro Cycling0:23:16 
71Josh Taylor (Aus) Team GPM - Wilson Racing0:23:33 
72Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Ricoh Team0:23:36 
73Chris Macic (NZl) Armstrong Motor Group0:23:45 
74Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) Tait Communications  
75Travers Nuttall (Aus) Expert Team0:24:36 
76Blake Hose (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:27:32 
77Alex Frame (NZl) Benchmark0:27:38 
78Steve Stannard (NZl) Team Massey0:27:57 
79James Elvery (Aus) Team Eleven0:28:33 
80James McCoy (NZl) Benchmark0:35:26 
81Nelson Shaw (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate0:37:28 
82Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:38:29 
83Ivan Michelin-Beard (Aus) Suzuki Trek0:38:39 
84James Early (NZl) Tait Communications0:38:57 
85Myron Simpson (NZl) New Zealand0:44:42 
86Stuart Houltham (NZl) Wheelworks Racing0:45:15 
87Brodie Talbot (Aus) Expert Team0:49:06 
88Thomas Donald (Aus) Team Eleven0:49:20 
89Lachlan Ambrose (Aus) Expert Team1:00:21 
90Matiu Kaihau (NZl) Team Massey1:01:54 
91Chris Kendall (NZl) Wheelworks Racing1:04:03 
92Matt Sillars (NZl) Mico Protrain Cycling Team1:04:24 
93Max Annear Henderson (NZl) Team Massey1:05:45 
94Chris Symon (NZl) Pelorus Real Estate1:05:59 
95Andy Mackay (NZl) Unique Realty1:08:54 

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