HUON-Genesys's Jack Haig has ridden into the Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania yellow jersey, finishing behind fellow Bendigo resident Darren Lapthorne, of Drapac, in the punishing third stage from Hamilton to Lake St Clair.
Robbie Hucker, also of Drapac, completed the Bendigo trifecta, rounding out the podium in third place.
Haig is the third person in three days to don the yellow leader's jersey in the Subaru National Road Series event, following teammates Jai Crawford and Nathan Earle who held it on Sunday and Monday respectively.
Haig now leads the tour by one minute and 48 seconds ahead of Hucker, with Lapthorne and Caterpillar's Brodie Talbot more then three minutes off the lead while the stage result has moved Tasmanians Earle and Crawford down to fifth and sixth position respectively.
"It definitely wasn't the plan for me to take over yellow," Haig said.
"We just wanted to keep the peloton under control to make sure no-one overtook us in the lead.
"To come away with the yellow is a bit of a bonus, and it will be interesting to see how it goes for the rest of the tour, hopefully we can keep it."
The 103.8 kilometre stage from Hamilton to Lake St Clair began fiercely with a number of early attacks in the wet and windy conditions. A seven-man breakaway, including Tasmania's Gerald Evans (Team Polygon), formed with riders from several major teams building an imposing lead before faltering just before the second King of the Mountain after 55 kilometres where they were caught by a chase group including eventual stage winner Lapthorne.
A counter attack from Bendigo trio Lapthorne, Haig, Robbie Hucker, of Drapac, and New South Wales' Brodie Talbot, of Caterpillar, maintained composure as their lead over the peloton stretched to three minutes, before Lapthorne sprinted home in light rain to take the stage honours.
"The plan was really to set Robbie Hucker back into contention, because he's almost a minute in front of me in the general classification," Lapthorne explained.
"We planned to get away with one of the Huon-Genesys guys because if we didn't, we knew we'd have the whole team chasing pretty hard.
"Once we had the right combination of riders away we all committed and it just worked out perfectly. I got the stage win and Robbie is second on general classification so we're right back in this race."
Despite slipping back in the rankings, pre-tour favourite Earle and Crawford remain positive.
"It was a really good result for Jack, he's up there now in the leaders jersey and still has a good gap on the rest of the guys," Earle said.
"Obviously it's a little bit disappointing that we were so far back in the peloton, but that's just racing and there was nothing we could really do about that."
Today's stage begins in Launceston and will see the riders complete a 94 kilometre loop, finishing at Grindelwald after a challenging King of the Mountain to the finish.