A break of five riders controlled took control of A Grade in the morning stage from the Remarkables to Five Rivers. Alex McGregor, Tim Rush, Bradley Tuhi, Matt Zenovich and Luke McPherson got away and stayed away with Zenovich taking the stage and McGregor taking yellow.
The afternoon 80 kilometre stage to Manapouri was claimed by Gordon McCauley who bounced back from dropping 8 minutes on the leaders to attack a kilometre from the finish and hold on for a morale-boosting victory.
McPherson leads by just three seconds over Tuhi with Rush a further two seconds adrift in third.
The morning B Grade stage was won by Derek Tan from Lee Johnstone and Michael White with Johnstone, riding for the Warmup Cycling Team, backing up to win the afternoon stage with Glen Gould maintaining his overall lead on GC. His margin is just 12 seconds from White with Johnstone third at 22 seconds.
It was Jordan Gilmore's day in C grade, with the Wakatipu rider claiming both stage victories with Andrew Lienert taking two second place finishes and holding the narrowest of leads on overall GC. Former world triathlon champion Scott molina sits second, a solitary second behind Lienert with Golmore third, a further second in arrears.
Breakaway victories were the order of the day in the Women's grade with a breakaway of three sharing the honours in the morning stage to Five Rivers. Gabby Vermunt took the stage win and yellow over Hayley Mercer and Elyse Fraser, while in the afternoon Lauren Ellis took an impressive long solo victory with Cathy Jordan leading the rest home in second, 18 seconds later. Vermunt holds the largest of all GC leads at 28 seconds from Mercer and Fraser in third at 1:05.
Sunday's racing starts with a 20km Individual Time Trial from Manapouri to Te Anau at 9:30, followed by the afternoon 80 kilometre stage from Te Anau to Five Rivers.
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|A GRADE||B GRADE|
|1||Luke McPherson||3hr58'01"||1||Glenn Gould||4hr09'45"|
|2||Bradley Tuhi||@ 03"||2||Michael White||@ 12"|
|3||Tim Rush||@ 05"||3||Lee Johnstone||@ 22"|
|4||Alex McGregor||@ 38"||4||Fraser Hewett||@ 46"|
|5||Scott Thomas||@ 1'56"||5||Andrew Villazon||@ 1'10"|
|6||Liam Aitcheson||@ 1'59"||6||Garry Smith||@ 1'33"|
|7||Sam Friend||@ 2'11"||7||Derek Tan||@ 2'59"|
|8||Joshua haggerty||@ 2'13"||8||John McKenzie||@ 3'03"|
|9||Richard Lawson||@ 2'22||9||Craig Domigan||@ 3'12"|
|10||Thomas Huggard||@ 2'23"||10||Nick Kergozou||@ 3'13"|
|11||Matt Zenovich||@ 2'59||11||Cameron Alexander||@ 3'18"|
|12||Mitchell Podmore||@ 4'05"||12||Geoff Van Dam||@ 3'28"|
|13||Gordon McCauley||@ 6'07||13||Geoff Taylor||@ 3'34"|
|14||Chad Adair||@ 6'59||14||Nicholas Ross||@ 3'36"|
|15||Nick Clark||@ 7'10"||15||Jeff Best||@ 3'38"|
|C GRADE||WOMEN'S GRADE|
|1||Andrew Lienert||3hr31'31"||1||Gabby Vermunt||3hr39'08"|
|2||Scott Molina||@ 01"||2||Hayley Mercer||@ 28"|
|3||Jordan Gilmore||@ 02"||3||Elyse Fraser||@ 1'05"|
|4||Harrison Steedman||@ 04"||4||Linda Villumsen||@ 1'43"|
|5||Symon Mitchell||@ 08"||5||Erin Criglington||@ 2'32"|
|6||Dave Lawson||@ 13"||6||Sanne Poulsen||@ 2'43"|
|7||Alan Strong||@ 15"||7||Laura Fairweather||@ 2'45"|
|8||Brett Strachan||@ 46"||8||Lauren Ellis||@ 3'03|
|9||Gerard Archbold||@ 1'11"||9||Jeannie Blakemore||@ 3'58|
|10||Andrew Holden||@ 1'31"||10||Tessa Jenkins||@ 4'37"|
|11||James Archbold||@ 1'56"||11||Aimee Burns||@ 4'50"|
|12||Jonathan Stockwell||@ 2'12"||12||Shirlene Rollo||@ 5'14"|
|13||Tim Maynard||@ 2'20"||13||Georgia Veffey||@ 5'26"|
|14||Sier Vermunt||@ 2'44||14||Emma Sutherland||@ 5'27"|
|15||Bryan Prestidge||@ 3'07||15||Cathy Jordan||@ 5'38|