Chris Froome ready for face-off with Esteban Chaves at Herald Sun Tour

The three-time Tour de France winner will compete in his first stage race of the season while Chaves has already ridden the Tour Down Under

Chris Froome at the 2016 Tour de France (Photo: Dan Gould)

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

Team Sky's Chris Froome says he is ready to take on Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) this week in Australia for a second Herald Sun Tour title.

The stage race around Geelong kicks off with a prologue on Wednesday. Froome will ride with race number one as defending champion.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.