ORICA-SCOTT will welcome Robert Power into their seven-man line up for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, the final race of the Australian summer, which starts tomorrow evening with the now traditional city-centre prologue.
Power replaces fellow West Australian Luke Durbridge who returns to Europe, with the remainder of the squad remaining the same from Sunday’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race where Simon Gerrans sprinted to second place.
The Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Australia’s oldest stage race, has been touted as a mountain showdown with a newly introduced parcours featuring the 30km climb to Falls Gap on Thursday.
Two-time 2016 Grand Tour podium placer Esteban Chaves will lead ORICA-SCOTT’s overall hopes, backed up by Power, two-time Jayco Herald Sun Tour champion Gerrans, key mountain sidekick Damien Howson, plus workhorses Sam Bewley, Michael Hepburn and Victorian Mitch Docker.
The Colombian, who finished second overall at the Tour Down Under, is looking forward to returning to some familiar territory.
“I am really looking forward to the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, particularly the second day,” Chaves said. “I was at Falls Creek in my first trip to Australia, when I couldn’t speak a word of English, and I remember this climb.”