Jaime Nielsen (Hamilton) leads the Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme after leaving the rest of the field well in her wake on stage one, the Toxic Takaka Hill Climb. She reached the Limeworks just under a minute in front of reigning Queen of the Mountains champion Emma Crum (Auckland) with Tauranga’s Courteney Lowe ten seconds behind to round out the General Classification.
Stage two belonged to Dale Tye when she split from the peleton on the penultimate lap around the Tussock Wines Mahana Circuit.
Sprint Ace is tight with Kate Chilcott (North Shore) and Nelson’s Jeannie Kuhajek locked together on 14 points with Sophie Williamson (Alexandra) just 2 points adrift.
Day two has the ‘ride of truth’ individual time trial but beforehand the morning 70km stage has a severe hilltop finish which is sure to test the legs especially after the two mid-stage climbs – Spooners and Reay Saddles.
Day One results.
Stage One Toxic Takaka Hill Climb.
Jaimie Nielsen, Hamilton, 30.59, 1; Emma Crum, Auckland, 31.57, 2; Courteney Lowe, Tauranga, 32.07, 3; Emily Collins, Auckland, 32.44, 4; Eloise Fry, Nelson, 33.26, 5.
Stage Two Tussock Wine Mahana Circuit.
Dale Tye, Invercargill, 1.24.15, 1; Courteney Lowe, Tauranga, 1.24.16, 2; Laura Hollingsworth, Wellington, ST, 3; Emily Collins, Auckland, ST, 4; Phillippa Sutton, Ohinewai, ST, 5.
Jaimie Nielsen, Hamilton, 1.55.15, 1; Emma Crum, Auckland, +.58, 2; Courteney Lowe, +1.03, 3; Emily Collins, Auckland, +1.43, 4; Eloise Fry, Nelson, +2.27, 5.
Jeannie Kuhajek, Nelson and Kate Chilcott, North Shore, 14pts, 1=; Sophie Williamson, Alexandra, 12pts, 3; Karen Fulton, Nelson and Courteney Lowe, Tauranga, 10pts, 4=