World’s best on tour

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

War­ragul is set to wel­come some of the world’s best cy­clists in­clud­ing Aus­tralian Tour de France star Richie Porte dur­ing the up­com­ing 2019 Jayco Her­ald Sun Tour.

The pelo­ton will roar into War­ragul for the fin­ish of stage three af­ter rac­ing an un­du­lat­ing 161 kilo­me­tres from Sale on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 1.

The stage will see rid­ers leave Sale and head for Maf­fra, be­fore rac­ing through the hills of Yal­lourn, Wil­low Grove and Shady Creek on their way to the fin­ish line in Bowen St, War­ragul.

Race direc­tor Scott Mc­Grory said af­ter some fast rac­ing out of Sale, the rid­ers would have time to re­group once the race gets into the Baw Baw Shire, be­fore the roads start to un­du­late. “How­ever, they won’t have time to soak in the views as the fi­nal 20 kilo­me­tres are fast, hard and hec­tic. The win­ner of this stage will need a com­bi­na­tion of strength, speed and brav­ery,” he said.

Baw Baw Shire mayor Mikaela Power said coun­cil had set its sights on at­tract­ing world­class events and the tour cer­tainly fit the bill.

“It’s not ev­ery day you have the op­por­tu­nity to watch the world’s best cy­clists in your own back­yard.

“It will be a great ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cals and vis­i­tors of all ages, whether you’re a cy­cling buff or not. We’re proud to sup­port this ma­jor event which will boost our lo­cal econ­omy, pro­mote cy­cling and in­spire an ac­tive and healthy life­style.

“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to save the date and be part of the ac­tion as rid­ers cross the fin­ish line,” she said.”

The 66th Jayco Her­ald Sun Tour will run from Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 30 to Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 3 and cover most of the Gipp­s­land re­gion be­fore rid­ers head to the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula Shire and then fin­ish in the City of Mel­bourne.

The tour is Aus­tralia’s old­est stage race with for­mer win­ners in­clud­ing Tour de France cham­pi­ons Chris Froome and Bradley Wig­gins, Tour de France Green Jersey win­ner Baden Cooke as well as the in­au­gu­ral Women’s Her­ald Sun Tour cham­pion Brodie Chap­man.

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