Reinardt Janse van Rensburg put up a fight after avoiding a crash, as he held on to end sixth on stage four of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide on Friday.
Dimension Data teammates Nathan Haas and Cameron Meyer crossed the line in ninth and 18th positions respectively to keep the South African outfit in the hunt for a solid finish at the annual race.
Daryl Impey, riding for Orica-GreenEdge, ended 13th in the 138km leg, also finishing in the lead peloton.
“I had really good legs today and was able to get over Crow’s Nest with the front of the peloton,” Janse van Rensburg said.
“Unfortunately, Julian Arredondo (Trek-Segafredo) took a tumble right in front of me. I lost some ground and found myself alone behind the front bunch.
“Eventually some of the other riders caught up and we were able to bridge across to the front with seven kilometres to go.
“The effort cost me some energy for the finale, but we still managed to place two of us among the top 10 for the day, which is good. “We have two more days left, so let’s see.”
Impey’s Australian team-mate, Simon Gerrans, won the stage to take a 14-second lead over compatriot Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) in the general classification, with two stages remaining.
Meyer, one of three Australian riders competing for Dimension Data, settled in 16th place overall, 50 seconds behind Gerrans.
Louis Meintjes, turning out for Italian team Lampre-Merida, was the top SA rider in the general classification. He was lying 33rd, a further eight seconds back.