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2022 Tour Down Under

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The Tour Down Under is the premier cycling race in Australia. Usually 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, and the 2021 edition was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.

In 2022, the Tour Down Under is again unable to go ahead in its traditional format as COVID continues to impact international travel and the associated quarantine requirements.

In its place, the 2022 Tour Down Under was replaced with the Santos Festival of Cycling which will be made up of nine days of 25 cycling events between January 21 and 29 in South Australia. These events will include track races, para-cycling BMX, mountain biking, cyclo-cross and a three stage road race for men and women.

2022 Santos Festival of Cycling Road Race Route Men’s

Stage Route Distance Date
Stage 1 Stirling to Lobethal 114.2km Thursday, January 27
Stage 2 Mount Lofty to Woodside 112.9km Friday, January 28
Stage 3 McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill 113.2km Saturday, January 29

2022 Santos Festival of Cycling Road Race Route Women’s

Stage Route Distance Date
Stage 1 Tanunda to Williamstown 85.4km Sunday, January 23
Stage 2 McLaren Vale to Echunga 85.7km Monday, January 24
Stage 3 Lobethal to Lobethal 86.9km Tuesday, January 25

Australia’s Richie Porte won the Tour Down Under the last time it was held in its traditional format in 2020, with a time of 20 hours, 37 minutes and eight seconds. Italy’s Diego Ulissi and Germany’s Simon Geschke rounded out the podium, while reigning back-to-back champion Daryl Impey finished sixth.

2020 Tour Down Under route

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Stage Route Distance Date
Stage 1 Tanunda to Tanunda 150km Tuesday, January 21
Stage 2 Woodside to Stirling 135.8km Wednesday, January 22
Stage 3 Unley to Paracombe 131km Thursday, January 23
Stage 4 Norwood to Murray Bridge 152.8km Friday, January 24
Stage 5 Glenelg to Victor Harbour 149.1 km Saturday, January 25
Stage 6 McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill 151.5 km Sunday, January 26

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