Lofty vision for returned Tour Down Under

Australia’s premier cycling event will hit South Australia’s roads in January after a two-year pandemic postponement, with the rebooted race to end for the first time atop Mount Lofty.

Photo: Michael Errey/InDaily

Photo: Michael Errey/InDaily

The State Government announced this morning that Australia’s premier cycling race would be held in January, from Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22.

The curtain-raising Down Under Classic circuit through central Adelaide will he held on Saturday, January 14.

Mt Lofty will host the race finish for the first time, with other new start and finish locations to be announced. The race director is inaugural TDU winner Stuart O’Grady.

The 2023 event will also for the first time host elite women cyclists at a UCI Women’s WorldTour event.

The last TDU, held in 2020 shortly before the pandemic hit, attracted 44,000 interstate and international visitors and injected a claimed $66m into the economy.

The government said today that the Union Cycliste Internationale had registered the TDU on WorldTour calendar for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 seasons, ensuring that the best international teams and riders would compete in the SA event each January.

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