Griffin on track for all-the-way win

TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 02/06/2014

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Auckland A grade rider Logan Griffin will wear the yellow jersey in today's final stage of the annual Queen's Birthday Weekend Taranaki Cycle Tour.

Griffin has led the Powerco-sponsored event since the 85km first stage raced from Kaponga on Saturday. The national rep was still on top after riding a total of 211km yesterday afternoon, following stages three and four from Stratford and over the steep Eastern Taranaki hill country roads.

Heading the chase is Hawke's Bay's Josh Page, with Taranaki's Jason Thomason close behind.

Race organiser Glenn Demchy said the riders had enjoyed the best weather the event had experienced in 20 years.

"It's been unbelievable," he said last night.

"We had a bit of mist and fog this [yesterday] morning, which caused a little bit of congestion for normal road users, but we couldn't do much about that I'm afraid.'

Demchy said the only incident on the tour so far had been a minor crash involving the under-17 boys during the sprint on Saturday.

"But they all got back on and finished the race," Demchy said.

Today's final stage leaves from Inglewood's TET Centre Hall at 9am, with the leading riders expected to reach the finish on Inglewood's Standish St from about noon.

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