The American cyclist Kristin Armstrong will take a 15 second lead into today's third stage of the New Zealand Cycle Tour in the Manawatu.
Armstrong finished third in yesterday's stage.
The USA National team rider leads on general classification from another former World Champion Judith Arndt of Germany.
Linda Villumsen is the highest ranked New Zealander in fourth position on the general classification.
Today's stage is a 121km loop from Palmerston North, through Apiti and back.