Tour Down Under: Simon Gerrans is the bookies' favourite to win 2016 edition

Triple Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans is widely tipped to win the opening WorldTour race of the 2016 season - Geraint Thomas is on at 11/1

(Image credit: Watson)

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) is the bookmakers' runaway favourite to win the 2016 Tour Down Under in Australia, taking place from January 19-24.

The 35-year-old Australian has won the race on three previous occasions: 2006, 2012 and 2014. A win this year would see him celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first TdU victory in style.

Gerrans was forced to miss last year's race thanks to an untimely crash in training, resulting in a broken collarbone. An amazingly unfortunate series of crashes and injuries then punctuated the remainder of 2015, with Gerrans involved in race-ending incidents in Strade Bianche, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

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Paddy Power currently has Gerrans at 7/2 to take the 2016 victory in the six-stage opening WorldTour race, with last year's winner Rohan Dennis and new BMC team-mate Richie Porte both at 9/2.

British hope Geraint Thomas (Sky) is temptingly listed at 11/1, followed by Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) at 12/1.

Richie Porte attacks to win stage five of the 2015 Tour Down Under (Watson)

Richie Porte attacks Rohan Dennis to win stage five of the 2015 Tour Down Under. The pair are now team-mates at BMC (Photo: Graham Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Newly-crowned Australian road race champion Jack Bobridge, who returns to the WorldTour with Trek-Segafredo after a year with Australian squad Budget Forklifts, is 66/1.

For those who like a really optimistic punt, Ian Stannard (Sky) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) are both 500/1.

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Stage five on January 23 to Willunga Hill is likely to be the race decider, with two ascents of the climb usually creating a final selection and shaping the top 10 overall before a final slat stage in Adelaide.

The full provisional start list for the race has now been published, with 20 teams comprising seven riders apiece.

Tour Down Under: Recent winners

2015 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC

2014 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge

2013 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco

2012 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge

2011 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo

2010 Andre Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia

2009 Allan Davis (Aus) QuickStep

2008 Andre Greipel (Ger) High Road

2007 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r

2006 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r

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