Overall race leader Urs Huber claimed his sixth stage victory at the Crocodile Trophy ahead of Denmark’s Soren Nissen, Nicholas Pettina (ITA), Brendan Johnston of Australia and Ondrej Fojtik (CZE).
Elite female Sarah White (AUS) and amateur woman Kristin Endres (GER) finished together, both still in the overall lead of their respective categories.
Huber finished in a time of 3hr 24min 59sec to take the Stage 8 win with a gap of 49 seconds to overall runner-up Soren Nissen (DEN) and the Italian Nicholas Pettina.
Johnston, who came in fourth at 7min 52sec behind Huber and ahead of Czech rider Ondrej Fojtik, is expected to take third overall and the leaders jersey for the best Australian finisher across the line in Port Douglas.
Last year’s Crocodile Trophy winner, Greg Saw, has struggled throughout the event but said the strength of the field made it difficult to break through.
“The quality of riders is very impressive at this year’s event, Saw said. "I tried very hard to crack into the top five and a lingering gastritis didn’t help.”
The final stage will be a time trial descent down the infamous Bump Track south of Atherton and through dense rainforest before finishing on Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.