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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.
|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|
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.
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.