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Tour Down Under

The Tour Down Under was first held in January of 1999 and is now an annual event. The UCI ProTour road cycling event has stages in Adelaide and many other locations around South Australia.

In 2009 the Tour Down Under made the news all around the world as Lance Armstrong started his comeback to cycling at the event. Other former winners of the Tour De France to race in the Tour Down Under include Oscar Pereiro, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre.

There are six stages for the Tour Down Under. The current course has the Stage 1 that takes the riders from Mawson Lakes to Angaston. At 146km, Stage 2 is the longest of the six stages, the course goes from Tailem Bend to Mannum. Stage 3 is Unley to Stirling. Stage 4 goes from Norwood to Strathalbyn. Stage 5 is McLaren Vale to WIllunga. The Tour Down Under finishes with Stage 6, the Adelaide City Council Street Circuit.

Stuart O'Grady won the Tour Down Under twice in the early years of the event. Three other Australians have also won, Michael Rogers, Patrick Jonker and Allan Davis. Frenchman Gilles Maignan won in 200 while Spanish riders Mikel Astarloza and Luis León Sánchez were successful in 2003 and 2005. Switzerland's Martin Elmiger has also won the event while Germany's Andre Greipel has won the Tour Down Under twice in recent years.

As with many races around the world, the Tour Down Under uses distinctive jerseys. There is the Ochre Leader’s Jersey, the Mountain Jersey, the Sprint Jersey, the Young Rider Jersey worn by the best cyclist under twenty-six years old, the Most Aggressive Rider Jersey and also the Winning Team Jersey.

There are a multitude of locations for fans to watch the race and recent estimates of the crowd for the Tour Down Under have been at over 750,000. Many other events occur around South Australia to coincide with the Tour Down Under including the Mini Tour for Kids which is open for ages six to twelve.

 
 

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