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by Mark Zalewski
December 9, 2016
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Simon Gerrans (ORICA-BikeExchange) is the latest name added to the start list for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, starting on 1 February. He joins Chris Froome (Sky) and his teammate Esteban Chaves. Gerrans won the Sun Tour overall in 2005 and 2006 and last raced it in 2014.
“It’s a race I used to skip school to watch when I was growing up, so it’s important to me and it’s a race I always have tried to support when I can, Gerrans said. “I haven’t done it in a couple of years, but it’s a race that I grew up watching as a kid and a race I really aspired to win really early in my career.
“I’m just excited to get back racing in Victoria again. The race is also growing in strength and popularity and I’m also going to have a big January. By the time I string the nationals, Down Under and Cadel’s race together I should be in good shape by the time the Sun Tour comes around that’s for sure.”
While a two-time winner, he downplayed his chances this time around, due to the amount of climbing, which will include a summit finish.
“I’ll never say it’s not possible to win because you never know how the race will unfold, but looking at the course I think it’s going to be a two-rider race to be very honest with you. And fortunately, one of those riders is going to be in my team.”