JLT Condor will round off their Australian training camp with an appearance at the 62nd edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
The race, beginning with a twilight prologue on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River will culminate with the tough ascent to Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula. The race retains its UCI 2.1 ranking with Orica-GreenEdge confirmed as the first World Tour team to attend the race with defending champion Simon Clarke. The race is sure to be a tightly contested affair with local riders looking to impress against the international field on the hot roads in Victoria.
The team have attended the race for the past few years. In 2004 former rider, Dean Downing had a spell in the leaders jersey. Last year young rider, Felix English over-powered several World Tour stars to take 4th in the opening time trial.
Team Line Up
Team Manager, John Herety has chosen a mix of youth and experience for his squad selection. Kristian House leads the six man team with experienced all rounder Graham Briggs at his side. Mike Cuming, former Tour de Korea winner, is returning from a broken wrist but looking to capitalise on hard work done over the winter in Australia.
Calculating climber Richard Handley will be a rider to watch on the Arthur’s Seat climb and young riders Felix English and Tom Moses bring sprint firepower.
Prologue – 4th February – 2.1km
A technical 2.1km TT in the heart of Melbourne. A few tight turns and climbs, finishing with a fast straight along the promenade.
Stage start time: 18:15 – 19.30 (AUS)
UK (GMT) 07:15 – 08.30
Stage 1 – 5th February – 146.2km
Stage will start with an 8km loop before climbing back up Mount Macedon. Previously, the Tour has only ever travelled through the Macedon Ranges.
Stage time for UK (GMT) 11.30pmm – 03.40am
Stage 2 – 6th February – 117.9km
The field is sure to lift the pace as the riders head towards the finish in front of the statue to racehorse Black Caviar, overlooking Lake Nagambie. We anticipate a sprint finish.
Stage time for UK (GMT) 11.30pm – 02.40am
Stage 3 – 7th February – 146.7km
The penultimate stage begins in the Mitchelton Winery, heading south to Seymour for a loop taking in the 600-metre climb of the Highland Road after 65km before retracing its path back through Seymour and on to Nagambie for a sprint finish
Stage time for UK (GMT) 11.30pm- 03.20am
Stage 4 – 8th February – 122km
The stage will lay claim to the Mornington Peninsula, with the days racing culminating in 3 leg wrenching ascents of the tough Arthurs seat. The 3km climb has an average gradient of over 8%. The climb could prove to be decisive for whoever want to make their final attack on the leaders jersey. Stage time for UK (GMT ) 03.00am-06.00am