Where: Adelaide, Australia
When: January 16-21 2018
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Tour Down Under 2018, stage one

André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) claimed the victory on the opening stage of the 2018 Tour Down Under.

The German powerhouse sprinter out-paced Australian Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) to wear the ochre jersey of race leader going into the second day of racing.

The bunch sprint was set up after Will Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) had been caught by the peloton with around 10km to go. Clarke had earlier been part of a three-rider move alongside Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data) and Scott Bowden (UniSA-Australia).

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Tour Down Under 2018 race info

The Tour Down Under returns for its 20th edition and its 11th year as the curtain-raiser of the UCI WorldTour.

Thanks to its position at the very start of the international cycling calendar, the Tour Down Under always enjoys considerable attention from cycling fans across the world, eager to see a bit of bike racing after a few fallow months.

Maybe as a result of those few months without cycling, but the racing always seems entertaining too, and although some parts of the peloton use it as a chance to cruise around and enjoy some good weather, at the front the racing is fierce as riders try to pick up crucial WorldTour points early in the year.

The Tour Down Under stages are generally flat or rolling, with sprinters picking up the majority of the stage wins, but the overall winner is generally decided with the annual summit finish on Willunga Hill.

With Australian riders having enjoyed months of training in the sun while riders from the northern hemisphere have been stuck on their turbo trainers, it’s no surprise that the Tour Down Under has traditionally been dominated by Antipodeans.

Australian riders have won the Tour Down Under 12 times, including the last four editions, with Simon Gerrans holding the record for the most overall wins with four.

The 2018 race is preceded by the single-day People’s Choice Classic criterium race in Adelaide, which takes place on Sunday January 14.

Richie Porte wins the 2017 Tour Down Under. Photo: Graham Watson

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) took his first overall victory in the Tour Down Under in 2017.

Porte took control on the race on stage two, having accelerated away from his rivals on the final climb.

The Australian then repeated the feat on stage five to Willunga Hill, soloing to win the stage for a fourth consecutive year and building up an unassailable lead going into the final 90km criterium stage in Adelaide.

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) once again proved to be unbeatable in the final stage bunch finish, impressively taking his fourth sprint victory of the race.

Porte duly finished safely in the peloton to claim the overall victory and ochre jersey of race winner.

Porte topped the general classification 48 seconds ahead of Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) in second and Australian Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) in third at 51 seconds.

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Tour Down Under 2018 stages

Stage one, Tues January 16, Port Adelaide to Lyndoch, 145km | Report | Video
Stage two, Weds January 17, Unley to Stirling, 148.6km
Stage three, Thurs January 18, Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 146.5km
Stage four, Fri January 19, Norwood to Uraidla, 128.2km
Stage five, Sat January 20, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5km
Stage six, Sun January 21, Adelaide to Adelaide, 90km

Tour Down Under: recent winners

2017: Richie Porte (BMC Racing)
2016: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
2015: Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing)
2014: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
2013: Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling)
2012: Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge)
2011: Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo)
2010: André Greipel (HTC-Columbia)
2009: Allan Davis (Quick Step)
2008: André Greipel (Team High Road)
2007: Martin Elmiger (Ag2r Prévoyance)

Women’s Tour Down Under 2018

Amanda Spratt wins the 2018 Women’s Tour Down Under. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

The UCI 2.1-ranked Women’s Tour Down Under ran from January 11-14. Australian Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) became the first rider to win more than one edition of the race by taking her second consecutive victory.

Stage one, Thurs January 11, Gumeracha to Gumeracha, 115.7km
Stage two, Fri January 12, Lyndoch to Mengler’s Hill, 102km
Stage three, Sat January 13, Bend Motorsport Park to Hahndorf, 122.4km
Stage four, Sun January 14, Wakefield Road to Wakefield Road, 46km

Get the latest Tour Down Under start list as the pro cycling WorldTour gets underway on January 16-21 2018