BENDIGO'S Jack Haig was yesterday crowned the 2013 Caterpillar Tour of Tasmania champion.
The victory was doubly sweet for the 19-year-old who also claimed the lead in the National Road Series, with just three one-day races remaining on the calendar.
Haig joins the likes of Cadel Evans, Richie Porte, Cameron Meyer and Nathan Haas on the tour's honour roll.
``It's great to be able to finish the tour with the yellow jersey and be on that long list of people that have won this race. I'm very honoured,'' Haig said post tour.
Haig, part of the Tasmanian based Huon-Genesys team, clinched the lead on day three of the eight-day tour and finished one minute, 43 seconds ahead of Drapac's Robbie Hucker and more than three minutes to Brodie Talbot (Caterpillar).
Line honours in the tour's final stage, a criterium in Devonport, went to Launceston's Ben Grenda (Team Polygon).
There was never more than a few seconds between the riders over 30 laps, with Grenda clinching the stage, and the green sprinter's jersey ahead of stage 2 winner Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing) and Patrick Shaw (Huon-Genesys).
``I couldn't have asked for a better race,'' Grenda said.
``I really wanted to win a stage during this tour, so I'm pretty happy. All my family have come to watch, so it's nice to race in front of them and win a stage in my home state.
``We got the first sprint and then the boys just rode the front and kept the tempo high.
``They really gave me a perfect lead out with 150 metres to go, I was set.''
Haig's victory has propelled him back into the National Road Series lead after he lost the jersey to teammate Nathan Earle in August.
``He's [Nathan] a good friend, someone who's going to be riding with Team Sky next year, and I definitely look up to him,'' Haig said.
The next event on the National Road Series calendar will see riders tackle the historic Melbourne to Warrnambool classic, a 256-kilometre race held this coming Saturday, October 12.