Benalla will host part of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
The Tour, which is Australia’s oldest staged cycling race, will run from 1 – 5 February 2017. Benalla will host the start of Stage 3, from the rear of Commercial Hotel on Fawckner Drive, departing at 10.30am.
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will return to Victoria and lead Team Sky to defend his 2016 Jayco Herald Sun Tour title.
"We are absolutely delighted to have secured Benalla’s part in the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour," said Mayor, Cr Don Firth.
"The Tour is a major part of the Victorian events calendar and having it in Benalla will bring significant tourism and economic benefit to the Rural City.
"This is a major event for Benalla and I encourage everyone to get out and be part of it."
Benalla was host to the arrival of Stage 4 and the departure of Stage 5 of the 2006 Jayco Herald Sun Tour and was highly commended for the support and organisation it provided.
The 2017 tour route is:
Prologue: Wednesday 1 February: Melbourne Southbank, 2.1km
Stage 1: Thursday 2 February: Wangaratta to Falls Creek, 169.9km
Stage 2: Friday 3 February: Mt Beauty to Beechworth, 165.6km
Stage 3: Saturday 4 February:Benalla to Mitchelton Winery, 165.6km
Stage 4: Sunday 5 February: Kinglake, 120km (4 x 30km laps)