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by Mark Zalewski
February 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes Dubai Tour opener; Route announcement: Mt. Baldy summit, Big Bear TT to be decisive stages for 2017 Amgen Tour of California; Route details announced for 2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race; No longer backing Contador, Majka stepping up a level in Grand Tours; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 24: Genevieve Jeanson on making peace with a tainted past; Back from the brink: The merger that saved IsoWhey-SwissWellness and the year ahead; Froome ready for Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Twenty teams to race 22nd Tour de Langkawi; Ciolek and Gerdemann retire; Simon Cope vows to clear his name; British Parliamentary group to investigate legal bias against cyclists; Video: Heroics in Bieles; Video: Interview with Christine Majerus; Video: Equipment for cyclocross.
The 64th edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour begins on Wednesday evening with Chris Froome (Team Sky) going for back-to-back overall wins, while three former winners — Simon Gerrans (ORICA-Scott), Cameron Meyer (KordaMentha Australian National Team), and Calvin Watson (Aqua Blue Sport) — will be trying to prevent that.
“People ask me the same thing about the Tour de France – going there as defending champion. Personally I don’t like to look at it like that. It’s a clean slate each time you go in and you’ve got everything to gain as opposed to going in there with a defensive mindset. Every edition’s different and I’m here to race to the best of my ability,” Froome said.
Adding to the challenge will be 2016 Giro d’Italia runner-up Esteban Chaves, giving ORICA-Scott a two-pronged attack.
“This year’s going to be even more competitive with the likes of Chaves here. It looks like he’s in great shape after a good block of racing already. I think we’ve got a good team down here as well. Unfortunately we’re a rider short but what we lack there I think we make up with in the quality of the rest of the guys.”
The racing kicks-off at 6:15 p.m. local time and you can follow coverage right here on CyclingTips!