The Herald Sun Tour has been filled with a lot of dramas, wins and fallouts. One example was Chris Froome who this week made his season debut only to get off to an underwhelming beginning into the event.
However, on a drama-filled stage one of racing at the Herald Sun Tour, Luke Rowe, Froome’s Team Sky team-mate left on a big impression in Australia as he joined a 10-man breakaway that went on to dominate the race proceedings.
At the end of it all, the 26-year old Welshman, Rowe outpaced and held off all rivals to win the stage race.
Froome, the defending champion fell off the pace in the stage two of the tour, slipping back to sixth, with one minute and 12 seconds behind the lead.
The Briton has thus become the first man in more than a decade defending his title in the race. He also hopes to become the first rider since over a decade ago to win back to back titles
Unfortunately, after the stage from Mount Beauty to Beechworth, Froome slipped back a place to land at the sixth position. He went on, dropping a second on Damien Howson, the overall leader who however despite suffering a late puncture, was able to retain the yellow jersey.
For the stage three of the race, the cyclists will depart from Benalla, and ride on to end up at Michelton Winery. On February 5th the final phase of the event will take place. Kinglake, a town in Victoria, is the area where the event would be concluded. The competitors will continue to battle stifling conditions and test their strengths until then.
Froome’s Pinarello comes equipped with asymmetric chain rings and 9100 series wheels and also 9150 group set thus making him the first rider to compete with the full complement of the new component group.