Froome is part of the British WorldTour team’s seven-man selection for the race, which takes place over 147 kilometres of rolling terrain around Geelong.
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Also going into the race from the previous week’s Tour Down Under, Colombian cousins Sebastian and Sergio Henao, newly-signed Frenchman Kenny Elissonde and Dutch sprinter Danny van Poppel complete the line-up.
The only rider absent from Sky’s line-up from the TDU is Geraint Thomas.
Between the seven riders, there’s pretty much every eventuality covered – whether any moves happen on the race’s climbs, or whether it comes together for a bunch sprint.
Last year’s edition of the race was won by the team’s Peter Kennaugh after he went solo from an escape group. Kennaugh is not part of the line-up this year.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was one of 10 new additions to the UCI’s WorldTour calendar for 2017. It forms part of a strong selection of early-season races in Australia, that also includes the Tour Down Under (January 17-22) and Herald Sun Tour (February 1-5). Froome won the latter race last season.