Race Preview: The Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Photo: Kirsty Baxter Photography
Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank is preparing for the final race of their 2019 Australian racing block: the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. It was at this race last year that Brodie Chapman (AUS) achieved a stunning victory that launched her professional career with Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank.
The 2019 edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour will be a two-stage race, starting on Philip Island, just south of Melbourne. The first stage, on the Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit, covers the same 97.2km distance (22 laps) as the men’s race and is expected to come down to an exciting sprint finish. The team will be looking for opportunities to support riders like Alison Jackson (CAN), who has been collecting quite a few sprint points in the last several races, while keeping defending champion Brodie Chapman in strong position.
Heading into the mountains for a challenging 91.5km course, Stage 2 will be the defining race for the overall classification, and an opportunity for Brodie to demonstrate her climbing prowess. The main climb of the day ascends Dobbins Road in the final 20km of the race, featuring a 1km gravel section before a fast descent into the finish line.
In an interview with Cycling News, Brodie said, "The Herald Sun Tour gave me a platform to really showcase my abilities and hard work…The outcomes came a lot quicker and easier than expected, but it certainly gave me the confidence to continue to aim to be the best rider I can..." [Read More]
Watch the Jayco Herald Sun Tour LIVE:
Each of the races will be streamed live online at https://www.heraldsuntour.com.au.
Appselec Women's Stage 1 Coverage begins at 10am local time on Wednesday, January 30th (3pm PST on January 29th)
Thule Women's Stage 2 Coverage begins at 2:30pm local time on Thursday, January 31st (7:30pm PST on January 30th)