Santos Tour Down Under
Kick off the 2013 on wheels! Cyclists of the world, Tour alert! Fans of the sport have a date with fate in Santos Tour Down Under
on 20 January. A new race route has been announced with a number of “firsts” including a stage start in Mount Barker and an inaugural stage finish in Rostrevor. Amongst high expectations, passion and excitement, the exhilarating event will conclude on 27 January 2013.
The Santos Tour Down Under was first held in 1999 and has grown every year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The event showcases a number South Australia's towns and wonderful countryside.
For a whole week, the top World Tour professional cycling teams ride across the streets of Adelaide and South Australia each January. On its 15th anniversary, new aspects comprise a novel “King of the Mountain” climb and a spread of stages catering for both sprinters and all-rounders equally.
In 2008, the Santos Tour Down Under became the first event outside Europe -cycling's traditional home- to join the world-renowned UCI WorldTour. This is remarkable as the UCI WorldTour brings together the most prestigious teams and the best riders in the world to compete in the best races.
During the event's eleven years of trajectory, some of the best road cyclists have competed at the Santos Tour Down Under. These include Tour de France winners Oscar Pereiro, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre who have competed alongside Aussie myths like Stuart O'Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans and Allan Davis.
Much more than just a race, the Santos Tour Down Under is a festival of cycling. A colossal party atmosphere and a range of events across Australia constitute the festival's soul. Likewise, the race is not reserved for legends; amateur cyclists can also participate with the SKODA Breakaway Series, which gives people the opportunity to ride part of the WorldTour race route.
concludes with Adelaide city street circuits, with Stage 1-5 being held in regional South Australia. The Santos Tour Down Under is also significant for the tourism industry as it showcases the attractions of South Australia to the world through global television coverage.