Originally Posted by rgmerk
Should actually be a couple of degrees cooler over most of the route, as it's at about 500 metres altitude compared to Melbourne.
Still going to be a hot one.
Once they get over Mt Macedon (End of the Great Dividing Range), they'll feel like they've cycled into an oven. Will be a hot northerly blowing in their faces all the way to Bendigo. Undulating terrain all the way through Redesdale and Lake Eppalock. Last little pinch up One Tree Hill will test a few tired / hot legs.
Zak Dempster is now out of the SASI squad, Team Net-App Endura pulled him for "Form Management" reasons. Bendigo local who would have given stage 1 a shake.
Expect a few of the Bendigo locals to try and get in the early break - Lachie Norris, Darren Lapthorne, Shaun McCarthy, Robbie Hucker, Mark O'Brien.
The fact is, no one has done more to make doping in sports seem like an evil than Lance Armstrong in his prime, desperately, passionately, ferociously guarding the perception that he was clean.