NATHAN Earle takes career-best form as well as mixed emotions into his home-state tour next week.
The 25-year-old Tasmanian is fresh from a win in both the final stage and overall at the National Capital Tour and will be leading the National Road Series when he heads home on Sunday.
But it will be an emotional, if familiar, home-town procession up Hobart's Mount Wellington for Earle.
His parents and grandfather travelled to support him in Canberra and next week's seven-day tour will be their last chance to see him on home soil before he flies to Europe to team up with fellow Tasmanian and former Genesys team-mate Richie Porte at British big gun Team Sky.
``This and the Tour of Tasmania are the last races my family will see for quite some time,'' Earle said after winning the final stage criterium around Parliament House on Sunday.
``It was pretty special to have them here to watch, and at least I didn't make it boring for them.''
Earle took the lead in the three-day tour following a dominant victory in Saturday's hilltop race to Honeysuckle to finish 1 minute 31 seconds ahead of Huon-Genesys teammate Jack Haig.
He leads the NRS from Haig by 91 seconds with Brodie Talbot a further 17 seconds away in third.
``The National Road Series would be pretty special to win, particularly since I won't be here for a couple of years at least in the future.''
Former Olympian Mark Jamieson ensured a Tasmanian sweep of the Capital Tour's final three stages when he won the 80thkilometre penultimate leg circuit around the Parliamentary triangle.
The road win was the first for the Bendigo-based Target Trek rider since the 2011 Grafton to Inverell classic.
``I haven't raced this season. I stopped to study building and design,'' Jamieson said.
``Target Trek have given me the option to ride next year and it's the first race I've ridden for the team so it's amazing to get a result for them.''
The 29-year-old, originally of Nook, was part of a four-man breakaway that held off a fast-finishing peloton.
Hobart's Jai Crawford, also part of Andrew Christie-Johnston's dominant Huon-Genesys outfit, claimed a third-place finish in stage two and finished fourth overall, Jamieson finished 37th and Launceston's Alex Clements 111th.