Christchurch's Daniel Barry has won a two-man sprint against Ashburton rider Hayden Roulston to claim stage six of the Tour of Southland in Gore this afternoon.
Barry and Roulston were part of a four-man break, which included Clinton Avery and Fraser Gough, which threw a tremor through the peloton during the 167km stage from Invercargill.
At one point their advantage was out to four minutes and Gough, who is only 19, was the virtual leader.
Four-time winner Roulston, who started the day four minutes down, threatened to get himself back into the race with the daring raid.
Instead it will be overnight leader Carter Jones who will wear the yellow jersey on the final day but the United States rider's lead from Mike Northey is thought to be only a few seconds, with results still to be confirmed.
Today's stage began in extremely windy conditions with the peloton getting battered as it travelled through Woodlands.
By the time it reached Edendale that wind had calmed and later in the stage it was relatively benign.
Tomorrow's final day features an individual time trial based in Winton, and the final leg stage, an 87km beat from Winton to the finish in Invercargill's Gala St.
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- The Southland Times