The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia's greatest cycling race, with a rich history as the highest-regarded and most popular bike race in the southern hemisphere.
The event was first staged in 1999 with local rider Stuart O’Grady taking the win. Since then, numerous internationally renowned cyclists have joined the Honour Roll. The event has grown year-on-year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.
In 2006, the Santos Tour Down Under introduced the iconic Ochre Leader’s Jersey. The colour Ochre is strongly associated with Australian culture and history, and is unique to the Santos Tour Down Under.
The Santos Tour Down Under joined the prestigious UCI WorldTour in 2008, the first event outside cycling's traditional home of Europe to do so. The TDU is held in January every year, making it the first event on the international cycling calendar.
In 2012, the event hosted a series of women's street criterium races, marking the first time female athletes participated in the event.
In 2015, the annual women's race was established as part of the National Road Series, and in 2016 was granted UCI 2.2 status. After being upgraded to UCI 2.1 status in 2018 the women's race operated under the Santos Women's Tour Down Under and became the first cycling event in the world to offer women the same prize money as men. In 2023, the women's race will be elevated to UCI WorldTour status and will be the first event of the year on the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar.
The Santos Tour Down Under visits some of South Australia’s spectacular beaches, world-famous wine regions and historic country towns before the finale on the streets of Adelaide.
The elite of world cycling such as Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans, Marcel Kittel, Andy Schleck and Andre Greipel have all come to South Australia to conquer the roads of the Santos Tour Down Under alongside Australia’s best.