Where the Jayco HS Tour will be won

Cycling: Chris Froome is eyeing another Herald Sun tour title.

Esteban Chaves during the Prologue. Picture: Michael Klein

I believe whoever wins atop Falls Creek on Thursday afternoon will win the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. It’s that important.

The prologue was about staying upright and limiting the damage. Thursday is the defining day of this race and I am super excited.

That tight and twisty 2.1km circuit in the Melbourne CBD was something different. Bike paths, footpaths and narrow sections, but it was a lot of fun as well.

Of course, you can’t really lose too much time over that distance. Today’s 174.2km trek is much different.

Esteban Chaves during the Prologue. Picture: Michael Klein

Esteban Chaves during the Prologue. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

Which is why Wednesday night was all about recovery. We changed quickly, showered quickly and jumped on the road for Wangaratta.

It was important to eat well and sleep well and spend as little energy as possible after the race. I’ll get eight or nine hours sleep, wake up between 8am and 9am and start concentrating on the stage.

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It will be a great duel with Christopher Froome, but he won’t be the only one to worry about.

His teammates Sebastian Henao and Kenny Elissonde are in great shape, while for us Rob Power looks really fit and with Simon Gerrans it could be a three-on-three between Team Sky and Orica-Scott.

Also Janier Acevedo from UnitedHealthcare is going well, Cameron Meyer I know and I’m sure there’s lots of young guys who have prepared well for this day.

It will be great fun and we will try for a good result. We can do it and we have a good team here.

Falls Creek is like a lot of Colombian climbs and a bit like last year’s Stage 20 of the Vuelta Espana. It’s a five or six per cent gradient, not super steep and I like these climbs.

I’m really excited, so we will see what happens.