Melbourne - Tour de France winner Chris
Froome launches his season on Wednesday in Australia's Herald Sun Tour looking
for a "good test" to gauge his form.
"It's been almost five months now
since my last race so I'm not too sure what to expect," said the
"Training has gone well throughout the
winter and I've had a good block of training down in Adelaide with some of the
guys from the Tour Down Under.
"This week will be a good test for me to
see just where I'm at," Froome told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Australia's oldest stage race starts with a
prologue through the heart of the city before heading into the Victorian
countryside and a final run up and down Arthur's Seat peak on the Mornington
Peninsula on Sunday.
Froome's Sky Team start among the
favourites with British road champion Peter Kennaugh winning the Cadel Evans
Great Ocean Road Race last weekend and enjoying the support of Colombian
Sebastian Henao, Italian Salvatore Puccio and American rider Ian Boswell.
"I think we've got a great team here,
a strong line-up of guys who can be competitive throughout the race. With any
luck we could be looking at the overall victory," Froome said.
Serious competition can be expected from
Australia's Orica-GreenEDGE team boasting Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans
and rising sprint star Caleb Ewan, who won two stages of the Herald Sun Tour
"I'd like to get at least one stage
win here. There's quick guys here so it's not going to be easy," admitted
"I'm pretty confident coming here. I
know I've got good form and my speed's there so there's no reason why I
shouldn't be able to get another win here," added the 21-year-old who also
won two stages in Adelaide last month.