Danny van Poppel is the raging favourite for Saturday’s Stage 3 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour

DANNY van Poppel is the raging favourite for today’s Stage 3 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. The 167.7km mission from Benalla to Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie is one for the fast men, with the last 80km pancake flat.

Riders will have to navigate a tight and technical run-in to the finish, making positioning vital in the final kilometres.

van Poppel (Team Sky) produced a record-breaking prologue on Wednesday night and will be the man to beat today.

Yellow jersey Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) holds a 38-second lead over young Aussie Jan Hindley (Australian National Team) with no changes expected in the general classification today.

AUSSIE CYCLING FRESHLY BREWED EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING, EXCLUSIVE TO ADVERTISER.COM.AU

CADEL EVANS WRITING NEW BOOK

AUSTRALIA’S greatest ever cyclist Cadel Evans is writing an autobiography to be released later this year.

It’s understood the retired BMC star is currently working on the book which for the first time offers his insights into winning the 2011 Tour de France and 2009 world championship.

AUSTRALIA’S greatest track rider Anna Meares may cycle on past the Rio Olympics to the Commonwealth Games — or beyond.

The 32-year-old Rio Olympic gold medal hopeful said she has yet to commit to life after cycling and may continue on well past the Rio Olympics — a record fourth for an Australian female cyclist.

“It’s a really hard one,’’ said Meares, who is to feature in a TV, print, digital, and outdoor advertising for new sponsor Optus’s relentless improvement campaign.

Champion Anna Meares has signed on with new sponsor Optus.Champion Anna Meares has signed on with new sponsor Optus.Source: News Corp Australia

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