Tour de France organiser expands to Australia

Stuart O'Grady in escape, Tour Down Under 2011, stage six

The Tour Down Under announced yesterday that it will collaborate with Tour de France organiser, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO). The ASO will manage the media distribution of the stage race and expand its reach to Australia.

The ASO already organises or helps to organise races in the USA, China, the Middle East and in Europe. Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme will visit the race for three days, arriving on January 17 to help start the partnership.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.