'Esteban Chaves will beat Chris Froome' in 2017

Simon Gerrans says that Orica-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves will get the better of Chris Froome during the 2017 season opening races in Australia

Chris Froome and Esteban Chaves on stage 21 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Orica-Scott road captain Simon Gerrans has tipped teammate Esteban Chaves to topple triple Tour de France winner Chris Froome on Australian soil early next year.

Speaking from the Herald Sun Tour launch in Melbourne, Australia, Gerrans speculated that the pint-sized Colombian may have the legs to upset Froome and his conquering Team Sky squad in February.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.