The 2013 WorldTour season kicks off on January 22-27 with the Tour Down Under in Australia.
The six-stage race takes place in and around the environs of Adelaide, capital city of South Australia. It’s summer Down Under, allowing the northern hemisphere professionals to swap the rain and snow of Europe for warm sun to ‘ease’ their legs into racing.
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With all stages within a stone’s throw of each other, teams can set up base in a hotel and stay there for the duration of the race with no lengthy transfers.
Stage five once again runs from McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill and looks set to decide the overall classification just as it did in 2012. At 151.5km, it’s the longest stage of the race and features a 3.1-kilometre climb to the finish line.
Al 18 WorldTour squads plus one wildcard, the UniSA-Australia team, line up to take part in the race on Tuesday, January 22. Each team fields seven riders, bringing the total number of participants to 133.
Last year’s TdU winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) wears the number one plate. German sprinter Andre Greipel won three stages last year, and returns to head up the Lotto-Belisol team.
Four British riders have signed up: Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe and road race national champion Ian Stannard (Sky).
The stage race is preceded by a one-day criterium, the People’s Choice Classic, on Sunday January 20.
Cycling Weekly will be posting online reports and photo galleries from each 2013 Tour Down Under stage, plus news and interviews.
Tour Down Under 2013: Latest news
Tour Down Under 2013: Race reports
Reports by Sophie Smith
Tour Down Under 2013: Photo galleries
Photos by Graham Watson
Tour Down Under 2013: Stages
Stage one, Tuesday January 22, Prospect to Lobethal, 135km
Stage two, Wednesday January 23, Mt Barker to Rostrevor, 116.5km
Stage three, Thursday January 24, Unley to Stirling, 139km
Stage four, Friday January 25, Modbury to Tanunda, 126.5km
Stage five, Saturday January 26, McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill, 151.5km
Stage six, Sunday January 27, Adelaide City Council Street Circuit, 90km
Tour Down Under 2013: Teams
Tour Down Under 2013 start list with rider numbers>>
Ag2r La Mondiale
Tour Down Under 2013: British riders
Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
Luke Rowe (Sky)
Ian Stannard (Sky)
Geraint Thomas (Sky)
Tour Down Under 2013: TV schedule
The Tour Down Under will be shown on satellite and digital channels Sky Sports. In addition to the live coverage listed below, there are several repeated highlights shows throughout the day. Check your electronic programme guide for more details
People’s Choice Classic, Sun Jan 20, 12noon, Sky Sports 4
Stage one, Tues Jan 22, 2am, Sky Sports 1 & 1 HD
Stage two, Weds Jan 23, 1.30am, Sky Sports 1 & 1 HD
Stage three, Thurs Jan 24, 2am, Sky Sports 1 & 1 HD
Stage four, Fri Jan 25, 1.30am, Sky Sports 1 & 1 HD
Stage five, Sat Jan 26, 12.30am, Sky Sports 1 & 1 HD
Stage six, Sun Jan 27, 2.30am, Sky Sports 1 & 1 HD
Tour Down Under: Jerseys
Ochre (orange) jersey: Overall race leader
White jersey: King of the mountains leader
Blue jersey: Sprint classification leader
Black jersey: Best young rider
Red jersey: Most aggressive rider
2012 winner Simon Gerrans celebrates
Tour Down Under: Last year’s top ten (2012)
1. Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at same time
3. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan at 8 secs
4. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 14 secs
5. Rohan Dennis (Aus) UniSA-Australia at 14 secs
6. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan at 16 secs
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 18 secs
8. Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar at 23 secs
9. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank at 29 secs
10. Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha at 32 secs
Tour Down Under: Previous winners
2012 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge
2011 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin-Cervelo
2010 Andre Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia
2009 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
2008 Andre Greipel (Ger) High Road
2007 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r
2006 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r
2005 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Liberty Seguros
2004 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA
2003 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r
2002 Michael Rogers (Aus) Australia Institute of Sport
2001 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
2000 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2r
1999 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole