Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) heads into the Queen Stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under on Saturday with a 14 second buffer over second place Jay McCarthy of Tinkoff.
The Australian took his second consecutive stage win on the fourth day of the Tour, narrowly beating Team Sky’s Ben Swift in a sprint finish on the technical run in to the finish on Victor Harbor.
Sky had dictated the tempo in the finale to the race, as they protected King of the Mountains leader Sergio Henao who now leads the team with his fifth place position in GC, just 28 seconds of Gerrans’ lead.
But Swift was unable to do anything about the Orica-GreenEdge man’s sprint from a reduced bunch in the end, with Daryl Impey leading out Gerrans to take victory.
Saturday sees the peloton head to Old Wilunga Hill, where the race general classification is traditionally decided, with only an inner-city criterium to come on Sunday night’s final.