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by Mark Zalewski
December 9, 2016
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The 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour’s stage 1 uphill finish has been extended with race director John Trevorrow confirming the finish will now be in the Falls Creek alpine resort, rather than at the Howmans Gap tollbooth.
The extension sees the stage extended by roughly 4km to include the steeper, final section of the Falls Creek ascent. The stage-ending climb is now 30km long, from Mt. Beauty.
“In the end everyone was wanting it to finish at the top and I got convinced,” Trevorrow told the Herald Sun. “They reckon the extra few kilometres up there isn’t going to make much difference. [Esteban] Chaves and [Chris] Froome will most likely have blown almost everyone away by then anyway.”
“My initial reasons for not going to Falls was because the race could get virtually decided on the first day. But once we got Chaves and Froome across the line I thought ‘We’ve got to have a mountain finish to see these guys and what they can do’. It would be ridiculous if you didn’t.”
Follow the link to read more at the Herald Sun.