Where: Adelaide, Australia When: January 16-19, 2020 (women’s) January 21-26 2020 (men’s) Rank: UCI WorldTour (men’s) and UCI 2.1 (women’s)
Daryl Impey wins the 2019 Tour Down Under (Sunada)
Tour Down Under 2019 race info
The Tour Down Under returns for its 22nd edition and its 13th year as the curtain-raiser of the UCI WorldTour.
The women’s Tour Down Under was introduced in 2012, and thus celebrates its ninth edition in 2020. It’s ranked as a UCI 2.Pro.
Thanks to the men’s race being 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 of the men’s event is generally decided with the annual summit finish on Willunga Hill.
The women’s race also makes heavy use of the Adelaide Hills, though the final stage and the Willunga Hill finish is swapped out in favour of a criterium.
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 men’s Tour Down Under 12 times, and the women’s four times. Simon Gerrans holds the record for the most overall wins with four of the men’s race, and Amanda Spratt has three wins of the women’s in its short existence.
The race is preceded by the single-day Tour Down Under Classic criterium race in Adelaide, which takes place on Sunday January 19.
Then the true race gets underway.
Classic, Sun Jan 19, Port Adelaide to Port Adelaide, 51km
Stage one, Tues January 21, Tanuda to Tanuda, 150km
Stage two, Weds January 22, Woodside to Stirling, 135.8km
Stage three, Thurs January 23, Unley to Paracombe, 131km
Stage four, Fri January 24, Norwood to Murray Birdge, 152.8km
Stage five, Sat January 25, Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 149.5km
Stage six, Sun January 26, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5km
Women’s Tour Down Under 2020 stages
Stage one, Thurs January 10, Hahndorf to Macclesfield, 116.3km
Stage two, Fri January 11, Murray Bridge to Birdwood, 114.9km
Stage three, Sat January 12, Nairne to Stirling, 109.1km
Stage four, Sun January 13, Flinters Street to Flinters Street, 42.5km
Tour Down Under: recent winners
2019: Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)
2018: Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)
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)