Record number of World Tour teams confirmed for 2017 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Following the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race’s elevation to the UCI WorldTour – cycling’s top level of competition – there are now 18 teams confirmed to race, including a record 13 WorldTour teams, for 2017.
With these teams locked in, the world-class field will put on a tremendous show of strength and speed as they battle it out on the spectacular Great Ocean Road course.
Elite Men’s Teams
AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
BMC Racing (USA)
Bora Hansgrohe (GER)
Team Dimension Data (RSA)
Quick-Step Floors (BEL)
Team Katusha Alpecin (SUI)
Team Lotto NL Jumbo (NED)
Lotto Soudal (BEL)
Team Sunweb (GER)
Team Sky (GBR)
Aqua Blue Sport (IRL)
Team Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij (NED)
United Healthcare Professional Cycling Team (USA)
Jayco Australian National Team (AUS)
2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour Teaser
The Jayco Herald Sun Tour hits the streets of Victoria 1-5 February 2017!
Simon Gerrans will be joining teammate Esteban Chaves at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Gerrans, a two-time winner of the stage race has expressed his excitement to be back racing in Victoria and is feeling optimistic about his current form.
One thing he is not as optimistic about is his suitability to the new Jayco Herald Sun Tour course:
“You can never rule anything out and I’ll never say it’s not possible to win, but looking at the course I think it’s going to be a two-rider race to be honest with you,” Gerrans said in reference to the Froome-Chaves battle which is expected to roar through Victoria in February.
One thing is for certain, you can never underestimate Simon Gerrans and we look forward to seeing him have a great start to the season in Victoria.
The Jayco Herald Sun Tour has a true summit finish after race director John Trevorrow extended the tough Stage 1 finish to the top of Falls Creek.
Team Sky’s three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and Orica-BikeExchange star Esteban Chaves are expected to wage a thrilling one-on-one battle up one of the state’s most famous climbs.
With such incredible climbing abilities on both accounts, anything could happen as riders make their way to the summit of Falls Creek!
Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome has confirmed he will race the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race next year.
Froome, a three-time winner of the world’s biggest race, will launch his 2017 campaign and fourth yellow jersey assault in Geelong on Sunday, 29 January.
The 31-year-old will lead defending champions Team Sky, who won in 2016 with Peter Kennaugh.
“I’m really looking forward to starting my season in Australia again,” Froome said.
“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."
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, welcomed the announcement and confirmed the three time Tour de France winner and Olympic bronze medallist will compete solely in Victoria this summer.
“Sport’s biggest and best names belong in Victoria. Chris Froome is a giant of world cycling, and we’re delighted he’s racing exclusively here in Victoria,” Mr Eren said.
“Our cycling events aren’t just great spectacles, they’re big boosts to the economy, too – and that puts people first. The big races give regional and rural communities their chance to shine.”