Media Release: Ziptrak Stage 1 Modification
14 January 2019
Santos Tour Down Under race organisers along with team and rider representatives have made the decision to modify the race route for Ziptrak® Stage 1 tomorrow, Tuesday 15 January 2019.
Based on the severe conditions forecast of strong winds, the 3.4 km finishing circuit will be removed.
Race Director, Mike Turtur confirmed the peloton will now complete Ziptrak Stage 1 on the first approach to the line, with no final lap as previously planned.
“The reason for this decision is the collective opinion of all representatives taking into consideration that the extreme weather conditions may result in a major peloton break-up which would be problematic on the finishing circuit,” said Race Director Mike Turtur.
“We consulted with rider representative Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal), Team Director representative Matthew White (Mitchelton-Scott) and with our Chief Commissaire, and all parties have agreed this is the sensible approach.”
Ziptrak Stage 1 will now be 129 km, with the riders expected to finish in Port Adelaide at 2.24 pm.
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