Tour Down Under stage shortened with temperatures expected to soar to more than 40ºC

Race organisers reduce length of stage three by 26km

The peloton on the opening stage of the Tour Down Under

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Stage three of the Tour Down Under will be shortened on Thursday as extreme temperatures in excess of 40ºC zap Adelaide and South Australia.

In a statement issued after the end of the second stage, won by Mitchelton-Scott's Caleb Ewan, race director Mike Turtur confirmed the 146.6km third stage from Glenelg to Victor Harbor will be cut by 26km, taking into consideration the heat that has put South Australia on bush fire alert.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.