Mick Harrison hits the lead in the Tour de Riverina

Tolland Cycle Club rider Mick Harrison has taken the lead in the Tour de Riverina with two stages remaining.

Harrison clinched third place at the Graham Daws Memorial at Wangaratta on Saturday.

Albury-Wodonga rider Rick Dyde won the stage, ahead of fellow border cyclist Adam Skidmore.

Only 35 riders competed at the fifth stage with the Saturday afternoon timeslot and a clash with a Cobram club race not assisting.

Wagga cycling legend Barry O’Hagan said Dyde was a deserved winner.

“The first two cleared out and won pretty easily,” O’Hagan said.

“Rick is back on the bike, he had a couple of pretty bad falls early in the year and is going alright.”

The fifth stage saw a number of changes to the Tour de Riverina leaderboard with just two races remaining.

Harrison holds a three-point lead over Shane Lenon, with another three-point gap to a big bunch of chasers, headed by Brodie Pearse.

“It’s tightened them up a bit,” O’Hagan said.

"We’ve still got two races to go so anything can happen.”

The Tour de Riverina heads to Griffith on Sunday for the Dean Carter Memorial.

It is a 57 kilometre out and back course where winds can make racing difficult. The race is a 10am start.

The series then concludes with the Butch Menz Memorial on Sunday, June 3.

Stage results

  1. Rick Dyde (Albury-Wodonga)
  2. Adam Skidmore (Albury-Wodonga)
  3. Mick Harrison (Tolland)
  4. Bruce Halket (Mansfield)
  5. Stephen Duncan (Albury-Wodonga)
  6. Brad Wild (Tolland)
  7. Gary Halloran (Orange)
  8. Nicholas Martin (Tolland)
  9. Ashley O’Farrell (Albury-Wodonga)
  10. Matt Clark (Wangaratta)

Fastest time: Matt Clark (Wangaratta)

First Female: Jacqui Wood (Albury-Wodonga)

Series leaderboard after stage five

Mick Harrison (Tolland) 29

Shane Lenon (Tolland) 26

Brodie Pearse (Tolland) 23

Gary Halloran (Orange) 22

Brad Wild (Tolland) 22

Will Silver (Tolland) 21

Andrew Piffero (Tolland) 19

Dan Addison (Tolland) 18

Nicholas Martin (Tolland) 16

David Moore (Tolland) 16

Best scratch rider: Brodie Pearse (Tolland)

Best female rider: Rebel Brooker (Tolland)

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