Prologue - Wednesday 3rd February – Melbourne Southbank – 2.1km
Stage 1 - Thursday 4th February – Healesville to Healesville – 126km
Stage 2 - Friday 5th February – Yarra Glen to Moe – 144km
Stage 3 – Saturday 6th February – Traralgon to Inverloch – 146km
Stage 4 – Sunday 7th February – Arthurs Seat Finale – 122km
2016 Jayco Herald Sun Tour route announced
Southbank Promenade will provide cycling fans with the ideal vantage point to watch the finish of the opening 2.1km prologue of Australia’s oldest stage race.
The 63rd edition kicks off on Wednesday 3rd February and for the third successive year riders will commence the individual time trial starting from Federation Square.
With 25,000 spectators lining the streets in both 2014 and 2015, the twilight prologue will provide the opportunity for Victorian sports fans to see the Tour de France champion up close as he speeds along the Southbank Promenade with the finish at Queensbridge Square.
The Tour then moves to regional Victoria for a picturesque ride through the Yarra Valley on a 126km route that begins in Healesville and travels through Yarra Glen, Coldstream, Gruyere, Woori Yallock and Launching Place, Warburton before returning to Healesville for the finish.
Stage two traverses the grazing farmlands of South Gippsland on a 144km trek from Yarra Glen taking the riders through Launching Place, Gladysdale, Powelltown, Piedmont, Noojee, Fumina South, Hill End, Willow Grove and Tanjill South before the stage finish in Moe.
Stage three is the longest of the tour at 146km. Commencing in Traralgon, riders head to Churchill, Boolara, Mirboo North, Dumbalk and Leongatha on their way to the coast at Wonthaggi before riding through Cape Patterson to the finish at Inverloch.
The final 122km stage will return to the popular Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula, with another huge crowd expected to celebrate the final day of the summer of cycling. This stage features a three lap circuit of the gruelling climb, with a mountain top finish once again expected to play an important role in determining the Tour winner.
Ohh and theres this..
Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the 2016 Jayco Herald Sun Tour.