Triple Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans is widely tipped to win the opening WorldTour race of the 2016 season
– Geraint Thomas is on at 11/1
Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) is the bookmakers’ runaway favourite to win the 2016 Tour Down Under in Australia, taking place from January 19-24.
The 35-year-old Australian has won the race on three previous occasions: 2006, 2012 and 2014. A win this year would see him celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first TdU victory in style.
Gerrans was forced to miss last year’s race thanks to an untimely crash in training , resulting in a broken collarbone. An amazingly unfortunate series of crashes and injuries then punctuated the remainder of 2015, with Gerrans involved in race-ending incidents in Strade Bianche, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.
Paddy Power currently has Gerrans at 7/2 to take the 2016 victory in the six-stage opening WorldTour race, with last year’s winner Rohan Dennis and new BMC team-mate Richie Porte both at 9/2.
British hope Geraint Thomas (Sky) is temptingly listed at 11/1, followed by Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) at 12/1. Richie Porte attacks Rohan Dennis to win stage five of the 2015 Tour Down Under. The pair […]