Triathlete Kate McIlroy of Wellington leads the Tineli Nelson Tour de Femme virtue of an outstanding hill climb in the Toxic Coffee Takaka Hill Time Trial. Thirty seconds separated McIlroy from her TriNZ teammate Teresa Adam (Auckland). Third was Marina Duvnjak (Auckland) a further thirty seconds adrift. These three now lead the Tour on General Classification plus hold top ranking in the Queen of the Mountain competition.
Nelson's Karen Fulton fought back in the 50km multi lap Tussock Wines Stage Two circuit to take line honours and enjoy a seven second time bonus. Clocking the same time were Emma Petersen (Te Awamutu) and Jeannie Kuhajek (Nelson). Petersen has set herself up well for the Sprint Ace title completely dominating all three sprints bagging 28 points. Sophie Williamson (Alexandra) follows with 13 points and Lower Hutt's Tracy Best sits in third position on 10 points.
Day Two starts with the Nelson Bays Holden 70km loop from Brightwater, through the Spooners and Reay Saddles, followed by the SIS 19km Individual Time Trial.
McIlroy, 1.53.05 (1), Adam, +0:64 (2), Duvnjak, +1.02 (3), Julia Grant, Christchurch, +1.17 (4), Emma Crum, Auckland, +1.34 (5)
Petersen, 28pts (1), Williamson, 13pts (2), Best, 10pts (3), Jeannie Kuhajek, 6pts (4), Sophie Corbidge, 3pts
Queen of the Mountains:
McIlroy, 7pts, (1), Adam, 5pts (2), Duvnjak, 3pts (3)
Under 23; Teresa Adam, Auckland, 1.53.39 (1), Emma Crum, Auckland, 1.54.39 (2), Emma Petersen, Te Awamutu, 1.55.06 (3)
23-34: Kate McIlroy, Wellington, 1.53.05 (1), Marina Duvnjak, Auckland, 1.54.07 (2), Julia Grant, Christchurch, 1.54.22 (3)
35-44: Karen Fulton, Nelson, 1.55.23 (1), Rachel Larner, Auckland, 1.55.36 (2), Amanda Minty, Christchurch, 1.55.38 (3)
45-54: Eileen Seale, Nelson, 1.57.37 (1), Tracy Clark, Christchurch, 1.58.05 (2),
55+: Christine van Hoppe, Nelson, 2.13.51