Simon Gerrans has expressed confidence in his Orica-Scott teammate Esteban Chaves.

Speaking from the Herald Sun Tour launch in Melbourne, Australia, the captained has reaffirmed his opinion that, come next year, Esteban Chaves will beat Chris Froome at the season opening races in Australia.

“I’m not sure of their (Sky’s) complete line-up, who else they are bringing out, but I think Esteban will have probably the upper hand on Chris at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, purely because he’s going to have the Tour Down Under in his legs,” Gerrans said.

Chris Froome, who races from Team Sky, has won Tour de France three times with a remarkable performance. At the 2016 race, Froome and teammate Peter Kennaugh dominated the race right from stage one with a combination of skill and strength. Consequently, no other team was able to match their diesel engine which classically set the terms from the front of the peloton.

The captain of the Orica-Scott, has revealed that his team has been doing a block of training in Columbia, and would come out in good shape, and prepared to take on Team Sky next season.

“I think we should have the upper-hand on them through options and through more racing than Team Sky.”

The 36-year old veteran is set to work with Chaves across season opening races in Australia, and feature at the Tour Down Under, which he will enter as defending champion.

The veteran who is on a one-year deal with Orica-Scott for 2017, acknowledged that he is getting older and might well be at the tail end of his career. Hence he has become less competitive, and finds it more challenging stepping into racing off a huge break. However, he is optimistic that his teammates will put on a spectacular show in the coming season.