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Tour hits the local streets

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February 04, 2017

Glimpsing a champion: Three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will ride through Benalla, Violet Town and Euroa today as part of the Herald Sun tour.

British cyclist Chris Froome will wind his way through Goulburn Valley streets today on stage three of the Herald Sun tour.

The three-time Tour de France winner is sure to draw a huge crowd on day four of the annual race.

Today’s racing begins in Benalla, with competitors riding along the Midland Hwy, before passing through Violet Town.

That kicks off a popular cycling route and cyclists awill be forced to climb Harrys Creek Rd, before making the descent to Euroa.

The final third of the course sees cyclists make their way through Nagambie before reaching their final destination and a much needed rest at Mitchelton Winery having completed the 167.7km course.

Representing Team Sky, Froome was joining forces with Columbia’s Sebastián Henao Gómez as well as a host of European talent.

Froome finished sixth on stage one of the tour, which travelled from Wangaratta to Falls Creek, 1 minute, 11 seconds behind Australia’s Damien Howson, who led the pack.

Stage two saw racing from Tallangatta to Beechworth with internationals excelling. Froome’s team-mate Luke Rowe crossed the line first, with Ireland’s Conor Dunne and America’s Tanner Putt rounding out the top three.

The tour ends tomorrow in Kinglake with the 121km course of stage four beginning and ending in the town north-east of Melbourne.

Riders start their gruelling journey in Benalla at 10.30am, with an expected finish at 2.25pm at Mitchelton Winery.

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