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Froome to start season at 'Towards Zero Race Melbourne' in January?

Josh Cunningham
14 Dec 2016

Chris Froome set to begin his season the brand new event, held as prelude to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Chris Froome could begin his 2017 season at the brand new Towards Zero Race Melbourne, which will be held on the 26th January as a prelude to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. 

The race isn't a UCI-registered event, but similarly to the People's Choice Classic criterium that is held before the start of the Tour Down Under, the teams that line up for the main event will also be present at the precursive criterium. As Froome is due to begin his season at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, it is assumed he will now be at the start of the Towards Zero Race Melbourne as well. 

The race will consist of 22 laps of the 5.3km circuit, for a total of 116.6km, while a women's event also to be held on the same day will be 12 laps and 63.6km. It's a flat circuit so unlikely to feature Froome with any prominence, but his season will continue shortly after in the Great Ocean Road Race itself on the 29th, and then the Sun Tour from the 1st to the 5th of February.

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