Michael Freiberg on the hunt for more glory at Herald Sun Tour
Fresh off his recent Australian National road race title, Michael Freiberg will be on the hunt for more glory in the Herald Sun Tour in Victoria this week.
The Pro Racing Sunshine Coast rider will headline the team’s squad at the 5-stage tour, the oldest stage race in Australia.
The prestigious race gets underway on Wednesday 30 January with a 98km criterium at Phillip Island.
The Herald Sun Tour is the second biggest stage race in Australia where the best few domestic teams are invited to compete with teams from the European World Tour, including Mitchelton Scott, Trek Segafredo, Sky, and EF Education First.
Freiberg will join the squad for his first race with the team since winning the prestigious National road race title in early January. He will be looking for a result against the best in the world with his sights set on a stage win.
Michael Potter will also line up for PRSC hot off finishing his first Tour Down Under, where he was selected in the Australian national composite team. Potter also placed second in the recent U23 National road race and will be looking to test his legs after a tough month of racing, particularly on the hilly Arthurs Seat stage on Saturday.
Freddy Ovett will also be back looking to make his stamp on the race where he placed 10thoverall in 2018. Alistair Donohoe is also one to watch for PRSC; Donohoe is in strong form and his experience on his home town roads will play to his advantage.
They will be joined by Jono Noble, Ashley Mackay and Taj Jones, the youngest member of the squad who will make his Herald Sun Tour debut.
PRSC managing director, Ben Kersten, said the team is looking forward to the week ahead.
“This is one of our favourite races of the year. We have had a brilliant start to the season and are taking our best performers from the National road titles with us. The boys are firing and we can’t wait to get out there and see what we’ve got,” he said.
“We have a great mix of riders with us here, there’s some of our younger developing riders like Taj who is riding his first JHST and will learn so much from this experience. Right through to Freddy, Potter and Freiberg who will be serious contenders for stage wins, so we have a lot to be excited about this week,” he said.
- Michael Freiberg, 28
- Freddy Ovett, 25
- Michael Potter, 21
- Alistair Donohoe, 23
- Jono Noble, 22
- Ashley Mackay, 23
- Taj Jones, 18
Starting and finishing with criterium-style stages in Phillip Island and Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens, and includes two stages crucial to the general classification battle on days two and four.
The second stage from Wonthaggi to Churchill includes a final, gravel road climb before a steep descent to the finish line. Day four, the Queen stage, returns to the Mornington Peninsula and includes four ascents of the notorious Arthurs Seat, including the final climb to the finish.
Wednesday 30 January – Phillip Island (97.9km) 1:30pm AEDT
Thursday 31 January – Wonthaggi to Churchill (127km) 10:00am AEDT
Friday 1 February – Sale to Warragul (161.6km) 10:00am AEDT
Saturday 2 February – Cape Schanck to Arthurs Seat (112.9km) 12:30pm AEDT
Sunday 3 February – Melbourne Botanic Gardens (89.1km) 1:30pm AEDT
It is the strongest field to line up for the JHST in several years. The general classification will be a hotly contested battle, with climbers Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) starting as favourites.
Broadcast & Live Stream
The final hour of every stage will be live streamed at heraldsuntour.com.au.
Stages 1, 2 and 3 will be broadcast on SBS On Demand. Stages 4 and 5 (Saturday and Sunday) will be broadcast live on SBS Viceland. Check local programs for updated broadcast times.