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Froome to start next Season Down Under at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Tour de France champion Chris Froome will return as defending champion in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia in February and ride in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race as a warm up


Chris Froome will headline an all-star peloton at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in February as he plots his defence of Australia’s oldest stage race.

The three-time Tour de France champion has again chosen Australia as the launching pad for a new season, joining Team Sky from February 1-5. Froome will make his debut at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on January 29th in what will be his first competitive race of the year.

The Herald Sun Tour puts him on an early-season collision course with Orica-BikeExchange's Esteban Chaves, with the pair set to battle it out over a climbing-heavy 5 stage 624km race.

The Kenyan-born Brit is hoping defend his title.

“I love riding in Australia. The weather is great and the crowds always come out in force to support the riders. That makes it all the more enjoyable,” Froome told Herald Sun newspaper.

“It’s always tough racing and a really strong, competitive field — so it’s an ideal way for me to kick off my year. I took a similar approach last year and felt it was a great way to set up my season.

“We’ll be out with a strong squad and looking to get 2017 off to a winning start. I’m really looking forward to starting in Australia again.”

VIDEO: Final Stage opf the 2016 Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Froome Attacks and Wins

Froome to start next Season Down Under at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour