Herald Sun Tour

Herald Sun Tour
Race details
Date February
Region Victoria, Australia
Local name(s) Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Oceania Tour (2.1)
Type Stage race
Race director John Trevorrow
First edition 1952 (1952)
Editions 63 (as of 2016)
First winner  Keith Rowley (AUS)
Most wins  Barry Waddell (AUS) (5 wins)
Most recent  Chris Froome (GBR)

The Herald Sun Tour is an Australian professional bicycle race held in Melbourne and provincial Victoria, sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The first tour was held in October 1952 as a six-day event. It is now held annually over five days in February. It is named after the Herald Sun, Melbourne's only daily tabloid newspaper. It was originally known as the Sun Tour after The Sun News-Pictorial, and changed its name when The Sun News-Pictorial merged with The Herald in 1990.


In 1952 the first general classification winner was Keith Rowley, a Maffra sheep farmer, in a time of 42 hr 57 min 55 sec. The first King of the Mountain and Sprint champion was Jack (John) McDonough from Coburg.

Australian cyclists dominated the first 30 editions of the race, before its status rose and began attracting overseas stars. By the year 2000, the race had shifted to October and Australia's cyclists racing in Europe began to compete in the race. The resulting rise in the event's standard saw the race become rated by the UCI for the first time in 2005. Several notable Australian cyclists have won the General classification including Stuart O'Grady in 2008, Baden Cooke in 2002, Neil Stephens in 1986, and Russell Mockridge in 1957.

The 2004 race was conducted from 14 to 24 October 2004 and involved 85 cyclists in seventeen teams of five. Thirteen stages were completed with a total distance of 1110.7 km, 119 intermediate sprints and 37 hill climbs, including the two category one climbs of Mount Baw Baw and in the Otway Ranges. Swedish rider Jonas Ljungblad won the General classification in the time of 26 hr 39 min 55 sec. Karl Menzies won the sprint classification and Phillip Thuaux won the Mountains classification.

After the 2009 race, the organisers of the Herald Sun Tour proposed moving the race from its traditional October date to February, with no edition in 2010. Cycling Australia approved the move,[1] but in the face of opposition from the UCI,[2] the plans never came to fruition. In the end, the 2010 race was "held over" due to the 2010 UCI Road World Championships being held in Geelong and Melbourne, and the race returned to the calendar in October 2011.[3] The UCI accepted a change of date the following year, with a January 2013 date instead of October 2012, but downgraded the race from 2.1 to a National Event, preventing most professional teams from across the world from taking part.[4]


The next edition of the Tour was held from 5–9 February 2014, and regained a UCI 2.1 ranking, permitting top level trade teams to again compete.[5] Due to numerous bushfires across Victoria the last stage of the race was cancelled, with Orica–GreenEDGE rider Simon Clarke declared the winner.[6]


The 63rd edition of the Tour got a huge profile boost when reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Team Sky confirmed he would be starting his 2016 season at the event, having previously participated in 2008 with the Barloworld team where he finished 4th overall. Froome won the overall title on the final stage on Arthurs Seat, making him the first defending Tour de France champion to win the race, with teammate Peter Kennaugh finishing second. He also took the mountains classification.


Rider Team
1952 Australia Rowley, KeithKeith Rowley (AUS)
1953 Australia Halsall, BasilBasil Halsall (AUS)
1954 Australia Sutherland, HectorHector Sutherland (AUS)
1955 Australia Geddes, AllanAllan Geddes (AUS)
1956 Australia Goodwin, GeorgeGeorge Goodwin (AUS)
1957 Australia Mockridge, RussellRussell Mockridge (AUS)
1958 Australia Young, JohnJohn Young (AUS)
1959 Australia Panton, PeterPeter Panton (AUS)
1960 Australia Panton, PeterPeter Panton (AUS)
1961 Australia Young, JohnJohn Young (AUS)
1962 Australia Knevitt, BillBill Knevitt (AUS)
1963 Australia Lawrie, BillBill Lawrie (AUS)
1964 Australia Waddell, BarryBarry Waddell (AUS)
1965 Australia Waddell, BarryBarry Waddell (AUS)
1966 Australia Waddell, BarryBarry Waddell (AUS)
1967 Australia Waddell, BarryBarry Waddell (AUS)
1968 Australia Waddell, BarryBarry Waddell (AUS)
1969 Australia Oliver, KeithKeith Oliver (AUS)
1970 Australia Williamson, TrevorTrevor Williamson (AUS)
1971 Australia McVilly, GrahamGraham McVilly (AUS)
1972 Australia Evans, KenKen Evans (AUS)
1973 Australia McVilly, GrahamGraham McVilly (AUS)
1974 Australia McVilly, GrahamGraham McVilly (AUS)
1975 Australia Trevorrow, JohnJohn Trevorrow (AUS)
1976 Australia Besanko, PeterPeter Besanko (AUS)
1977 Australia Trevorrow, JohnJohn Trevorrow (AUS)
1978 Australia Hammond, TerryTerry Hammond (AUS)
1979 Australia Trevorrow, JohnJohn Trevorrow (AUS) Warracknabeal
1980 Australia Allan, DavidDavid Allan (AUS) Pony Sport Holland
1981 Australia Sefton, ClydeClyde Sefton (AUS) Mansfield
1982 Australia Hammond, TerryTerry Hammond (AUS) Clemenso-Mavic
1983 Australia Sutton, ShaneShane Sutton (AUS) Clemenso-Mavic
1984 Australia Sutton, GaryGary Sutton (AUS) Clarence Street Cyclery
1985 United Kingdom Elliott, MalcolmMalcolm Elliott (GBR) Raleigh-Weinmann
1986 Australia Stephens, NeilNeil Stephens (AUS) Repco
1987 Italy Tomasini, StefanoStefano Tomasini (ITA) Remac-Fanini
1988 Netherlands van der Poel, AdriAdri van der Poel (NED) PDM-Ultima-Concorde
1989 Netherlands Arntz, MarcelMarcel Arntz (NED) Paternina
1990 Germany Bölts, UdoUdo Bölts (GER) Caltex
1991 United States Engleman, MichaelMichael Engleman (USA) Coors Light
1992 United States Bowen, BartBart Bowen (USA) Subaru-Montgomery
1993 United Kingdom Mann, DavidDavid Mann (GBR) Coors Light-Serotta
1994 Germany Henn, ChristianChristian Henn (GER) Team Telekom
1995 United States Bishop, AndyAndy Bishop (USA) Echuca-Moama
1996 United States Moninger, ScottScott Moninger (USA) Tattersall's
1997 United States Alvis, NormanNorman Alvis (USA) Sweethearts Oranges
1998 Italy Pozzi, AlessandroAlessandro Pozzi (ITA) Sweethearts Oranges
1999 Denmark Blaudzun, MichaelMichael Blaudzun (DEN) Team home–Jack & Jones
2000 Kyrgyzstan Wacker, EugenEugen Wacker (KGZ) Mróz-Supradyn Witaminy
2001 Austria Wrolich, PeterPeter Wrolich (AUT) Gerolsteiner
2002 Australia Cooke, BadenBaden Cooke (AUS) Française des Jeux
2003 United States Johnson, TimTim Johnson (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
2004 Sweden Ljungblad, JonasJonas Ljungblad (SWE) Amore & Vita-Beretta
2005 Australia Gerrans, SimonSimon Gerrans (AUS) AG2R Prévoyance
2006 Australia Gerrans, SimonSimon Gerrans (AUS) AG2R Prévoyance
2007 Australia Wilson, MatthewMatthew Wilson (AUS) Unibet.com
2008 Australia O'Grady, StuartStuart O'Grady (AUS) CSC–Saxo Bank
2009 United Kingdom Wiggins, BradleyBradley Wiggins (GBR) Garmin–Slipstream
2010 No race
2011 Australia Haas, NathanNathan Haas (AUS) Genesys Wealth Advisers
2012 No race
2013 Australia Watson, CalvinCalvin Watson (AUS) Jayco-VIS-Apollo
2014 Australia Clarke, SimonSimon Clarke (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE
2015 Australia Meyer, CameronCameron Meyer (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE
2016[7] United Kingdom Froome, ChrisChris Froome (GBR) Team Sky


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  2. The Age, "Herald Sun Tour bid appears doomed", 23 January 2010, , accessed 30 May 2011
  3. Leo Schlink, "2011 Jayco Herald Sun Tour back with a bang", The Herald Sun, 25 March 2011, , accessed 30 May 2011
  4. "Gerrans questions lack of UCI ranking for Jayco Herald Sun Tour", Velonation, , accessed 23 December 2012
  5. http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/road/news/51277/herald-sun-tour-to-regain-uci-status "Herald Sun Tour to regain UCI status", SBS Cycling Central, 16 September 2013, accessed 17 September 2013
  6. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/more-sports/jayco-herald-sun-tour-last-stage-cancelled-clarke-declared-winner-with-fire-risk-too-great-and-police-needed-elsewhere/story-fnibbyyv-1226821752824
  7. "Chris Froome wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour". cyclingnews.com. 7 February 2016.
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