2014 Santos Tour Down Under will test riders of all persuasions
The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will see Stage 1 return to Nuriootpa for the first time since the race’s inception in 1999, including the gruelling Menglers Hill climb just 14 kilometres from the finish line at Angaston.
Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell, says the 2014 course will test sprinters, climbers and all rounders.
“Today we are announcing some fantastic new race routes which will really test the riders and maintain this great South Australian event as the best cycling race outside of Europe,” Mr Bignell said.
“We will see the return of Corkscrew Hill, first introduced in 2013, which again is expected to play a decisive part in the race.”
Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur said he was pleased to have again created a course featuring new elements to test the riders.
“The 2014 race routes will deliver a race that is fought until the very end and for the second time there is a balance between stages that favour sprinters and all rounders,” Mr Turtur said.
“We return to Nuriootpa for the start of Stage 1 for the first time since the inaugural event, creating a sense of nostalgia. Menglers Hill is back as part of this route and being 14km from the finish will test even the most accomplished cyclist and create an interesting result.”
The 2014 race is the fifth year of naming rights sponsorship for Santos and Chief Executive Officer David Knox says the partnership continues to deliver benefits for both the South Australian community and Santos.
“The Santos Tour Down Under has become an iconic event for both South Australia and Australia,” Mr Knox said.
“It showcases our state globally and also provides an opportunity for visitors and the local community to witness and participate in a world-class event.”
As part of Santos Tour Down Under international promotions, Mr Bignell is hosting a tribute to South Australian cycling legend Stuart O’Grady in La Baule, France, on Monday.
O’Grady is currently riding a record 17th Tour de France and Mr Bignell says it provides a great opportunity to promote Adelaide’s race to the rest of the cycling world.
“With ORICA-GreenEDGE making its presence felt in France, and Stuart riding his record 17th Tour de France, road cycling is as popular as ever and we need to capitalise on this.”
The race routes for both the People’s Choice Classic and Stage 6 will be significantly different in 2014. Due to other major events occurring in Adelaide on those days the two city-based courses are still being finalised and will be announced over the coming months.
2014 Santos Tour Down Under Race Routes:
- Sunday 19 Jan – People’s Choice Classic – City Circuit to be advised (50 km)
- Monday 20 Jan – Rest day
- Tuesday 21 Jan – Stage 1 – Nuriootpa to Angaston (135 km)
- Wednesday 22 Jan– BikeExchange.com.au Stage 2 – Prospect to Stirling (150 km)
- Thursday 23 Jan – Stage 3 – Norwood to Campbelltown (145 km)
- Friday 24 Jan – Bupa Stage 4 – Unley to Victor Harbor (148.5 km)
- Saturday 25 Jan – Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (151.5km)
- Sunday 26 Jan – Stage 6 – Race route to be advised (85.5 km)
The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 19-26 January 2014. For more information visit www.tourdownunder.com.au