Route: Nimbin to Grafton
The race heads west towards the town of Casino where, after 60km of racing, the first intermediate sprint of the day will be contested. The riders then head south on the Summerland Way which takes them to the end of the stage in Grafton roughly 100km later.
This southward journey on the Summerland Way is an undulating affair with many short and inconsequential climbs and descents. The day’s second and final intermediate sprint comes in the tiny town of Gurranang after 131km. The final five kilometres of the stage are deadflat providing a fast finale into the city of Grafton.
For the sprinters that found themselves distanced on the gentle climb to Cape Byron on the previous stage, stage 3 will provide an opportunity to make amends. Sure, a breakaway might seek to get up the road in search of some TV time but it’s hard to see this ending any other way than a bunch sprint.
For the GC contenders it’s another opportunity to sit in, take it easy and save energy for the many decisive stages to come.