Froome to ride through Benalla as part of tour peloton

February 02, 2017

2016 Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The streets of Benalla will be lit up when the highly-anticipated Jayco Herald Sun tour rolls through town on Saturday.

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will be among those competing in the 64th edition of the country’s oldest staged cycle race.

The gruelling five-day event, which heads to Wangaratta and then Benalla, started with yesterday’s prologue in Melbourne.

Stage three of the four-stage tour will have the riders pass along Benalla’s Fawckner Dve, Bridge St East, Nunn St and onto the Midland Hwy between 10.30am and about 2.25pm on Saturday.

It is part of a 167km stage the riders must complete on day four of the race.

All up, the riders will cover more than 600km during the next four days, where they will find the finish line in Kinglake on Sunday afternoon.

Yesterday’s prologue was a short 2km sprint through the city, starting at 6.15pm and finishing by 7.30pm.

This morning riders take on the Falls Creek stage.

Competitors will ride 174.2km from Wangaratta to Falls Creek, with a 10.30am start and 3.15pm finish.

On Friday, the Cycling Australia-She Rides stage begins.

Cyclists ride 165.6km from Mount Beauty to Beechworth, starting at 10.30am and riding until about 2.40pm.

Saturday takes riders from Benalla to the Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie, and the final stage is the Kinglake circuit.

Riders must complete four laps of a 30km circuit in the final leg, starting at 12.30pm and riding until about 3.30pm, where the overall winner will be decided.

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