13-21 January 2018, Adelaide

History and Honour Roll

The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia's greatest cycling race and has a rich history. 

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The Santos Tour Down Under is an action-packed nine days of world-class cycling with gala dinners, street parties and an amazing atmosphere for riders and spectators, visitors and locals alike.

The event was first staged in 1999 with local rider Stuart O’Grady taking the win. Since then, numerous internationally renowned cyclists have joined the Honour Roll. The event has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.

In 2006, the Santos Tour Down Under introduced the iconic Ochre Leader’s Jersey. The colour Ochre is strongly associated with Australian culture and history, and is unique to the Santos Tour Down Under. 

The Santos Tour Down Under joined the prestigious UCI WorldTour in 2008, the first event outside cycling's traditional home of Europe to do so. The TDU is held in January every year, making it the first event on the international cycling calendar.

The Santos Women’s Tour returned bigger and better than ever in 2017, as a race with international status granted by the world’s governing body, the UCI. The Santos Women’s Tour sees elite international women competing alongside the best of the Australian women’s teams in the Subaru National Road Series.

The Santos Tour Down Under visits some of South Australia’s spectacular beaches, world-famous wine regions and historic country towns before the finale on the streets of Adelaide.

The elite of world cycling such as Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans, Marcel Kittel, Andy Schleck and Andre Greipel have all come to South Australia to conquer the roads of the Santos Tour Down Under alongside Australia’s best. In 2018, the world's top cyclists will once again be back to stamp their authority on the new season.

In 2017 the Santos Tour Down Under saw 840,000 spectators line the roads of South Australia to watch Australian cycling hero Richie Porte of the BMC Racing Team take overall victory, with more than 43,000 visitors from interstate and overseas traveling just to see the event. The event generated $56.5 M in economic impact for the state’s economy and contributing to many communities across the state.

Next year's Santos Tour Down Under is looking to be just as exciting as we celebrate 20 years of history from 13-21 January 2018.

  • Santos Women’s Tour 11-14 January 2018
  • Team presentation 13 January 2018
  • People’s Choice Classic 14 January 2018
  • UCI WorldTour Santos Tour Down Under 16-21 January 2018 

The Santos Tour Down Under Honour Roll is a history of the cycling champions who came and conquered.

1999

The Santos Tour Down Under begins and is won by local rider Stuart O'Grady.

2000

The Santos Tour Down Under includes a 180-kilometre McLaren Vale stage, which remains the longest stage in the race's history.

2001

Stuart O'Grady becomes the first person to secure two Santos Tour Down Under wins.

2002

Michael Rogers wins the Santos Tour Down Under, despite being hit by a motorbike during Stage 5.

2003

Cadel Evans wins the King of the Mountain classification.

2004

Philippe Gilbert wins the Best Young Rider classification. Gilbert is best known for winning the World Road Race Championships in 2012, and for being one of only two riders to have won the three Ardennes classics in a single season, which he accomplished in 2011. 

2005

Luis Leon Sanchez wins the Santos Tour Down Under and consolidates his status as a rider to watch. He went on to win Paris-Nice in 2009 and four Tour de France stages. 

2006

The hottest race in the Santos Tour Down Under's history, with four consecutive days over 42 degrees Celsius and melting bitumen in Yankalilla.

2007

The wettest race in the Santos Tour Down Under history, including torrential rain on Stages 4 and 5.

2008

The Santos Tour Down Under is awarded UCI WorldTour status; the first race of cycling's traditional home of Europe to do so.

2009

Australia's Allan Davis marks his status as the only rider to have competed in every edition of the TDU so far with an overall win. 

Lance Armstrong makes his return to professional cycling at the Santos Tour Down Under.

2010

Andre Greipel becomes the second rider to win the Santos Tour Down Under twice.

2011

The Santos Tour Down Under records its largest crowd attendance so far, with more than 780,000 people enjoying the race.

2012

Australia's first professional WorldTour cycling team ORICA-GreenEDGE debuts as the Santos Tour Down Under, and celebrate when team member Simon Gerrans claims overall victory.

2013

UCI World Road Race Champion Philippe Gilbert and 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck lead the field of world-class cyclists at the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under.

2014

ORICA-GreenEDGE cyclist Simon Gerrans becomes the first person to win three editions of the Santos Tour Down Under, finishing the race just one second ahead of fellow Australian Cadel Evans.

2015

Cadel Evans completes his final UCI WorldTour event at the Santos Tour Down Under. Evans finishes third, with team-mate and local South Australian rider Rohan Dennis the overall winner.

2016

Australian Simon Gerrans is crowned the champion of the Santos Tour Down Under a record fourth time. ORICA-GreenEDGE celebrates double success with Gerrans' teammate Caleb Ewan sprinting home to win the final stage.

2017

UCI World Road Race Champion Peter Sagan wears the rainbow jersey in the Santos Tour Down Under lineup, making his return to the race for the first time since 2010.

Australian rider Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) wins the Santos Tour Down Under for the first time in his career, with Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT) winning the sprint jersey.

2018

The Santos Tour Down Under turns 20! The twentieth edition of the event will be held from 13-21 January in Adelaide and regional South Australia.

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