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2018 Tour Down Under

(Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

The Tour Down Under is the premier cycling race in Australia. Raced over six stages each year, the event sees some of the biggest names in the sport head to the country.

It’s raced in South Australia, with all of the stages starting and finishing within two hours drive of Adelaide.

It also features a criterium classic, which is raced on the Sunday night before the race itself begins.

The 2019 edition will begin on Tuesday, January 15 and finish on Sunday, January 20, with the famous Willunga Hill again expected to decide the race, however, this year, it will be the final stage, instead of the second-last stage.

2019 Tour Down Under route

Stage Route Distance Date
Down Under Classic Adelaide 51km Sunday, January 13
Stage 1 North Adelaide to Port Adelaide 132.4km Tuesday, January 15
Stage 2 Norwood to Angaston 149km Wednesday, January 16
Stage 3 Lobethal to Uraidla 146.2km Thursday, January 17
Stage 4 Unley to Athelstone 129.2km Friday, January 18
Stage 5 Glenelg to Strathalbyn 149.5 km Saturday, January 19
Stage 6 McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill 151.5 km Sunday, January 20

2018 Tour Down Under

The 2018 Tour Down Under was spread across six stages, each throwing up different challenges for the riders. The race will ran from January 13 to 21 and was won by Daryl Impey.

The South African, riding for the Michelton-Scott team, won the race by way of a countback over home crowd favourite Richie Porte (BMC Racing), who almost claimed the prize during Stage 5 up Willunga Hill. Instead, the two finished with exactly the same time at the end of the six days with neither able to get among the time bonuses on the final stage around Adelaide.

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The podium was rounded out by Tom-Jelte Slagter (Team Dimension Data), with the Dutchman finishing 16 seconds behind.

The mountain honours were claimed by Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data), while the sprinter’s jersey was won by Slovakian Peter Sagan of Team Bora–Hansgrohe.