South Australia goes crazy for this big bike race with many of the world’s top road racers, such as Germany’s Marcel Kittel, due to be in attendance for the six stages in and around Adelaide. It all kicks off with the team presentation and a free concert on January 17 from 6pm

The event was first held in 1999 and has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.

In 2008 the Santos Tour Down Under joined the prestigious UCI WorldTour and was 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 15 year history.

Tour de France winners Oscar Pereiro, Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre have all raced in Adelaide, alongside Aussie legends Simon Gerrans, Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans and Allan Davis.

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