About the Stage
The Adelaide Hills are the most frequented region of the Santos Tour Down Under and once again the race hosted several passes, the first commencing with Novatech Stage 2 from Woodside to Stirling. The peloton completed four loops of Woodside and surrounds, including two ascents of Quarry Road for points in Charleston.
On the fourth circuit the riders deviated east towards Oakbank and Balhannah before the very gradual descent towards Mylor via Hahndorf. Here, the peloton hit the popular ‘hills circuit’ connecting Mylor, Aldgate, Stirling and Heathfield four times, then sprinted to finish in the main Stirling township.
Will Clarke soloed to victory in Stirling? The Tasmanian was then wearing the colours of UniSA-Australia and broke from the start with Martin Kohler (BMC), who eventually conserved his energy and retreated back to the peloton, allowing the Aussie to open more than seven minutes of buffer with one lap to go of the hills circuit. It was a famous win.
Stage In Detail
74.9km, Heathfield96.2km, Heathfield
Subaru King of the Mountain
15.5km, Quarry Road, Charleston, Category 2, 7.7% ave38.5km, Quarry Road, Charleston, Category 2, 7.7% ave
San Remo Pasta Feed Zone
71.9km, Stirling Oval, Mount Barker Road, Stirling93.2km, Stirling Oval, Mount Barker Road, Stirling
114.5km, Stirling Oval, Mount Barker Road, Stirling
Hosted by Adelaide Hills Council
We thank Adelaide Hills Council for hosting Novatech Stage 2 and for their invaluable contribution to the Santos Tour Down Under.