Where: Adelaide, Australia
When: January 17-22 2017
Rank: UCI WorldTour

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

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.

The Tour Down Under returns for its 19th edition and its 10th 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 week of racing in South Australia kicked off with the 50km People’s Choice Classic criterium won by Caleb Ewan around the streets of Adelaide on January 15, before the Tour Down Under itself started two days later.

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.

Australian Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) won the four-day Women’s Tour Down Under after leading the race from the opening stage.

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Tour Down Under 2017 stages

Stage one, Tuesday January 17, Unley to Lyndoch, 145km | Report | Video
Stage two, Wednesday January 18, Stirling to Paracombe, 148.5km | Report | Video
Stage three, Thursday January 19, Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 144km | Report | Video
Stage four, Friday January 20, Norwood to Campbelltown, 149.5km | Report | Video
Stage five, Saturday January 21, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5km | Report | Video
Stage six, Sunday January 22, Adelaide, 90km | Report | Video

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)

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