The year where loyal domestique Chris Harper could evolve into a contender

    When this season started for Chris Harper, in early January in Ballarat, there was no doubt he was the consummate loyal teammate as always but a supporting role that also included two runner–up positions at the Australian Road National Championships invited an obvious question – is this a year that the 29-year-old could also take some of the spotlight for himself? 

    The rider from Adelaide has spent years burying himself for his teammates, first with Jumbo-Visma when he turned professional in 2020 and then, from 2023, with  Jayco-AlUla where one of his key missions has been supporting Simon Yates at the Tour de France. That isn’t expected to change, but other parts of his season may.

    “My big focus for the year will probably be supporting Simon at the Tour again, which is something I really enjoy doing and am looking forward to doing,” Harper told Cyclingnews in the midst of the Australian season. “But also in the lead up to the Tour there are probably opportunities to test myself, see how I can do.”

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