Mat Hayman's view
On paper, this looks like a fairly flat stage, and once again the sprinters' teams will want to control the race. The GC teams will be keeping out of trouble and will be waiting for the next few stages. The sprinters' lead-out trains will be putting all their winter-work into practice, and it could be that one of the more well-oiled machines from the previous years come out on top, simply because they're used to working with each other.
The heat, as throughout the race, is going to be a factor. The southern hemisphere riders will be used to it, and they might have spent most of the off-season in those conditions, whereas some of the Europeans – although they might have been in Australia for some time – might never like it or get used to it. At the end of the day, you're either good in the heat or you're not.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
Latest on Cyclingnews
Matteo Dal-Cin signs with Canada’s newest pro squad Toronto Hustle in 2022Team upgrades to Continental status and seeks to inspire the next generation through grassroots community building
L39ION of Los Angeles new kit embodies 'always lead – never follow' mindsetNew design features warped traces of light and fast paced graphic style
InstaFund march on with carbon neutral plansContinental team look to provide inspiration for their local community in Canada and beyond
Geniez facing six-month suspended prison sentence for domestic violenceFrench rider denies physical violence against ex-partner in court