- Adelaide 19 – 26 January 2014
About the Santos Tour Down Under
A major event
The Santos Tour Down Under is a major event under the:
> Major Events Act 2013 and the
> Major Events (Santos Tour Down Under 2014) Regulations 2014
The first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Santos Tour Down Under kicks off the cycling year in exhilarating style.
The Santos Tour Down Under was first held in 1999 and has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.
The week-long event brings the top WorldTour professional cycling teams to race on the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia each January. Up for grabs are important UCI WorldTour points and the Santos Ochre Leaders Jersey.
In 2008, the Santos Tour Down Under joined the prestigious UCI WorldTour; the first event outside cycling's traditional home of Europe to do so. The UCI WorldTour brings together the most prestigious teams and the best riders in the world to compete in the best races.
Some of the very best in road cycling have competed at the Santos Tour Down Under during its eleven year history. Tour de France winners Oscar Pereiro, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre have all raced in Adelaide, alongside Aussie legends Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans and Allan Davis.
Not just a bike race, the Santos Tour Down Under is a festival of cycling, with a range of associated events and festivals that create a massive party atmosphere across South Australia. Amateur cyclists can also get involved in the action, with the SKODA Breakaway Series, which gives people the chance to ride part of the WorldTour race route.
The Santos Tour Down Under invites the whole state to the party, by taking the race through South Australian regions. The race typically starts and concludes with exciting Adelaide city street circuits, with Stage 1-5 being held in regional South Australia. The Santos Tour Down Under provides a significant contribution to the state's tourism industry and showcases the attractions of South Australia to the world through global television coverage.
The Santos Tour Down Under is owned and managed by Events South Australia, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission on behalf of the South Australian Government.
The Santos Tour Down Under is often a hot topic for student assignments throughout the year.
The Santos Tour Down Under team receives hundreds of emails and phone calls every year, from people seeking statistics and general event information.
You can download the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under student information here.
The Santos Tour Down Under honour roll 1999 to 2013 is a history of the cycling champions who came and conquered.