Joe Cooper takes out penultimate stage in TOS

TOO FAST: Oceania time trial champion Joe Cooper took out the penultimate stage of the Tour of Southland on Saturday.
TOO FAST: Oceania time trial champion Joe Cooper took out the penultimate stage of the Tour of Southland on Saturday.

Oceania time trial champion Joe Cooper has taken out the penultimate stage of the Tour of Southland and his Avanti Racing team-mate Mitchell Lovelock-Fay holds a handy advantage heading into this afternoon's final stage.

Cooper was best around the 13km individual time trial raced in perfect conditions at Winton, finishing in just over 16min, 21sec faster that Lovelock-Fay, with Michael Vink third on the stage.

Lovelock-Fay has an unofficial lead of 41sec on Cooper, but his nearest challenger over the final 87km stage from Winton to Invercargill will be Hayden McCormick at 43sec down, and Michael Torckler, who trails by 58sec.

The final stage gets underway from 1.30pm.

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