Herald Sun Tour

The Herald Sun Tour is an Australian stage race for cyclists in Melbourne and the state of Victoria.

1952, for the first time discharged race usually goes on for six days and was initially held every October and discharged later in the year. From 2005 to 2011 it belonged to the UCI Oceania Tour and was classified in category 2.1.


The first winner of the general classification was Keith Rowley, a shepherd. J. McDonough was the first King of the Mountains and also won the points classification. Both came from the province of Victoria, where the race also took place.

Mid-80s participated for the first time professionals at the Tour part. The most famous Australians who could decide the race itself, were Russell Mockridge 1957, Neil Stephens, 1986, the winner of the green jersey in the Tour de France, Baden Cooke and Stuart O'Grady in 2002. Record holder with five wins ( in a row) is the Australian Barry Waddell.

2004 was attended by 85 riders who managed the 1111 km in 13 stages. The toughest climbs that there was to conquer, the Category 1 were the mountains Mount Baw Baw and Otway Ranges. Jonas Ljungblad by the Italian team Amore e Vita secured the overall victory.

2010, the race was not held. Reason for this is that the organizers wanted to move in concert with the UCI tour in the spring to increase the attractiveness. Also the upcoming World Championships in Melbourne were a reason for this. Due to restructuring of the UCI calendar, this idea was discarded, and the race was held again in 2011 to its rightful place in October. 2012 has been decided to move the race now but well into the spring, so that 2012 again took no discharge, the race now but ahead of the Tour Down Under at the beginning in January 2013 discharged as a race of the national calendar. In September 2013 it was announced that the UCI will start the race from 2014 back to the UCI Oceania Tour.

When hosting in 2014 the final stage of the Herald Sun Tour had to be canceled because the security forces were called off to fight bushfires.


  • 2014 Australia Simon Clarke
  • 2013 Australia Calvin Watson
  • 2011 Australia Nathan Haas
  • 2010 not played
  • 2008 Australia Stuart O'Grady
  • 2007 Australia Matthew Wilson
  • 2006 Australia Simon Gerrans
  • 2005 Australia Simon Gerrans
  • 2004 Sweden Jonas Ljungblad
  • 2003 United States Tim Johnson
  • 2002 Australia Baden Cooke
  • 2000 Kyrgyzstan Eugen Wacker
  • 1998 Italy Alessandro Pozzi
  • 1997 United States Norman Alvis
  • 1996 United States Scott Moninger
  • 1995 United States Andy Bishop
  • 1994 Germany Christian Henn