20th edition Santos Tour Down Under race routes announced for 2018
05 July 2017
Race routes for the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under have been announced today at the official launch of what will be the 20th edition of the event.
To mark the milestone, the race will return to its origins with Stage 1 starting in Port Adelaide – which was part of the inaugural race in 1999.
The peloton will then travel through 81 towns in total, with the route including crowd favourites and punchy climbs, spanning the following routes:
- Saturday 13 January 2018 – Team Presentation, Victoria Square
- Sunday 14 January 2018 – People’s Choice Classic, Wakefield Road Circuit, 50.6km
- Monday 15 January 2018 – Rest Day (for men’s racing)
- Tuesday 16 January 2018 – Stage 1, Port Adelaide to Lyndoch, 145km
- Wednesday 17 January 2018 –Stage 2, Unley to Stirling, 148.6km
- Thursday 18 January 2018 – Stage 3, Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 146.5km
- Friday 19 January 2018 – Bupa Stage 4, Norwood to Uraidla, 128.2km
- Saturday 20 January 2018 –Stage 5, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5km
- Sunday 21 January 2018 – Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6, Adelaide Street Circuit, 90km
The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from Saturday 13 January until Sunday 21 January.
The Santos Women’s Tour will be held from 13 to 16 January 2018. Race routes will be announced over the coming months.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the race has grown incredibly from its beginnings in 1999.
"The Santos Tour Down Under has grown to become the biggest cycling event outside of Europe – a far cry from its humble beginnings and testament to the fantastic team who work tirelessly to deliver this event year on year."
"Last year’s race pumped a record $56.5 million into our State’s economy and created hundreds of jobs – this year we aim to celebrate the 20th edition of the race by achieving record crowds – let’s hit the million mark and show the world just how impressive the Santos Tour Down Under really is."
"We have invested an extra $6 million to grow the race, with broader focus on a festival of cycling –meaning bigger and better concerts, more family activities, and more cycling action for everyone. The first win of the season at this year’s race has set BMC Racing Team’s Richie Porte near the top of the individual UCI World Ranking, showing spectators the Santos Tour Down Under is truly a show of some of the world’s best cyclists."
Santos Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur said he couldn't have imagined how great the event would grow back in 1999.
"If you had asked me in 1999 what did the next 20 years hold for the TDU, I could never have imagined we would achieve so much as an event in such a short period of time."
The success of the event is owed in many ways to the support of our partners and especially in those early years the ownership shown by the people of South Australia.
One of the race route highlights in 2018, is the nostalgic return to Port Adelaide. Port Adelaide had a stage start at the inaugural race in 1999, going back 20 years later from a history perspective adds to the interest in the race.
The race is a mix of old, detailed twists and a new, particularly with the Bupa Stage 4 finish in the Adelaide Hills town of Uraidla. The big feature of the finish into Uraidla is the final 7km of the stage where the riders will tackle Norton Summit, making it a technically difficult finish to test the peloton.
There is no question our finale, Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 is in the city. All of the big races around the world always come home to their capital city for their final day of racing. The Tour de France heads to Paris, the Giro d’Italia finishes in Milan and the Santos Tour Down Under, our place, our home, our finale are on the streets of Adelaide.
Member for Port Adelaide, Susan Close said the announcement that Stage 1 will start in Port Adelaide is a great honour for the local area.
"Today’s announcement is fantastic news for Port Adelaide. The Port is such an incredible part of South Australia and now it will take centre stage as the world watches Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under."
"The last time the TDU was held in Port Adelaide was in 1999 and the area has changed so much since then."
"I know the local community will be as thrilled as I am to host such a prestigious event and the thousands of visitors will revel in the spectacle of watching such a dynamic race in one of the State’s most historic areas."