Huge final stage for 2015 Santos Tour Down Under

Saturday October 11, 2014

Adelaide’s vibrant heart will attract international attention next January for the final stage of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under.

The details for the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 have today been revealed, with the start and finish line on King William Road near Elder Park, and the 4.5 kilometre circuit taking in War Memorial Drive, Montefiore Hill and Pennington Terrace.

The riders will completer 20 laps.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the route for Stage 6 – on Sunday January 25 – also included Victoria Square.

“The peloton will travel the length of King William Street and complete a u-turn at the northern end of the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo in Victoria Square,” he said.

“Fans could enjoy the action from a range of vantage points around the city, and there’s sure to be an electric atmosphere as the overall race winner is decided.”

“More than 110,500 people turned out for Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 this year, when Simon Gerrans claimed a record third Santos Tour Down Under title.

“He finished just one second ahead of fellow Australian Cadel Evans, who will be back in 2015 to try to win the Santos Tour Down Under.”

Motor Accident Commission General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said MAC was pleased to again partner with the Santos Tour Down Under to reinforce the importance of road safety for cyclists.

“Given the increasing popularity of cycling, this event provides MAC with the ideal platform to remind drivers and cyclists of ways to share the road safely,” he said.

“MAC cycling ambassador Anna Meares will again play a role, educating the community on how to ‘Be Safe. Be Seen’ which can be as simple as wearing light, bright coloured clothing and having a flashing light on their cycles, day and night.”

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur said the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 route gave sprinters the chance to shine.

“Overall victory is once again up for grabs in 2015, and we look forward to seeing which teams and riders secure victory at the first UCI WorldTour event of the year,” he said.

The Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 17-25 January 2015.

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