Cycling: Jones extends lead in Tour

American cyclist Carter Jones will take a 17-second lead into the final stage of the Tour of Southland after a strong individual time trial in Winton this morning.

Jones, riding for Bissell Pro Cycling, finished the 13km time trial in 17m38s, extending the narrow four-second advantage he held overnight.

Going into the stage with the slimmest of leads over Node 4-Subaru's Mike Northey, Jones produced a powerful performance to put him in the box seat as the field prepare to tackle the Tour's final stage - 87km trek from Winton to Invercargill this afternoon.

Northey also put in a strong time trial to hold onto second, while Taylor Gunman of Pure Black Racing retained third place.

Calder Stewart's Michael Vink clocked the fastest time trial of the morning, with a time of 17m28s.

If Jones can close out the victory this afternoon, he will become only the third international rider to win the Tour in its 56-year history.


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