BENDIGO'S Jack Haig is just a day away from winning the Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania cycling classic.
Haig finished in the main pack at the finish of Saturday's stage from and back to Burnie.
The tour leader's nearest rival and Bendigo clubmate, Robbie Hucker was also in the main bunch.
Haig's team-mate from Huon-Genesys, Joseph Cooper made a superb solo break at 20km and was first to Burnie.
Cooper won the stage by 49 seconds from Drapac's Bernard Sulzberger and William Walker.
The final stage is Sunday's cirterium in Devonport from 11am.
“Another day down and the job is just about done,” Haig said after finishing in Burnie.
“The boys did an amazing job today – we had a small breakaway go up the road with Joe Cooper and we just controlled it from there on in.”
Haig also admitted his delight to be alongside a notable list of yellow jersey alumni heading into the final stage.
“I’m extremely proud to be wearing the yellow jersey with only one stage to go,” Haig said. “When I looked at the people that had won this tour previously it’s a pretty impressive list, with Richie Porte and Cadel Evans in there. I’d be honoured to get on that list with them tomorrow.”
The Tour stars have included Bendigo's Robbie Hucker and Darren Lapthorne racing for Drapac.
The Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania concludes on Sunday with a criterium around Devonport at 11am.