Ballarat grasps stage of tour

The Herald Sun Tour will return to Ballarat in February.

The event is one of Australia's oldest cycling stage races and has welcomed some big names in recent time.

Ballarat is the destination for stage two, with the second stage beginning in Warrnambool, cyclists will race 198.6km to finish in Ballarat.

Cyclists will arrive into Buninyong via the Cycling Australia Road National Time Trial course, before taking a lap of the Road Race Course en route to the finish line in Warrenheip Street at approximately 3pm.

The race is sure to provide significant economic benefit to Ballarat and City of Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh was extremely pleased with the outcome.

“We, as a city, have put years of hard work into ensuring Ballarat is a preferred cycling destination, and it is the return of quality events such as the Jayco Herald Sun Tour which highlight this significant feat,” McIntosh said.

“We are committed to supporting high-profile cycling events in Ballarat which enable us to showcase our city on a global-scale, adding to our profile as a welcoming destination for all cyclists and generating significant economic return.

“2018 is going to be a big year for cycling in Ballarat, with two major cycling events scheduled within less than a month of one another. We look forward to welcoming riders from around the world when they arrive in Ballarat this February.”

The last time the Tour came through Ballarat was in 2011.

The Herald Sun Tour begins on January 30 and concludes on February 4.

COMING BACK: Lucas Hamilton races during last year's Herald Sun Tour stage through Wangaratta. Picture: James Wiltshire

COMING BACK: Lucas Hamilton races during last year's Herald Sun Tour stage through Wangaratta. Picture: James Wiltshire