At the end of January 2020, the coronavirus was already circulating somewhere, but temporarily unsuspected, and the international peloton made the crossing to Australia.
Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan (2x) and Giacomo Nizzolo grabbed the sprinters’ chances, and Richie Porte took pole at the halfway point for the overall win.
Porte had to give up his leader’s jersey to Daryl Embi, but on the Willunga Hill he took the overall victory again in the Trek-Segafredo jersey. The victory in the final stage was Matthew Holmes.
Three years later, the world looks a little different, and the Tour Down Under is shining its return to the cycling calendar with some surprising tweaks.
On Tuesday, January 17th, Adelaide is the place for the artsy and steady an introduction 5.5 kilometers. Working against the clock at TDU: It’s the first.
The first ride in the row should be up the street Fast guys Be that as it may, the second stage – the longest of the week – already contains more altimeters.
The selection will be much greater on the mountainous third stage, the penultimate stage finish Willunga.
No, Willunga Hill was actually snubbed as the traditional hangman this year, giving this stage a different face: an opportunity for a solid sprinter in the traditional bread oven.
The final rating finalist will give another facelift by the end Significant mountainjunction 1.3 km at 7.3%.
Tournament manager Stuart O’Grady wrings his hands: The Australians have a very strong desire to explode and the Australians will not let this home game pass.
Michael Matthews is there again for the first time in eternity and leads Jayco-AlUla with Simon Yates.
Also Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citroën), Giro winner Guy Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), Caden Groves (Alpsin-Deconink), Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ), Luke Plab (Ineos Grenadiers), Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma ) , Patrick Bevin (DSM) and Jay Fine (UAE) want to be out there right away in their backyard.
Caleb Ewan is also on the start list, but he’s not walking around wearing a Lotto-Dstny jersey. His team passes, but Ewan is taken care of by an Australian selection.
In the sprints he will meet compatriots Matthews and Groves, including Brian Coquard (Cofidis), Jordi Mews (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Gerben Thijsen (Intermarche-Cirque-Wante).
Also on the wish list will be Belo Bilbao (Victorious Bahrain), Victor Lafay (Cofidis), Mauro Schmid (Soudal-Quick Step), Geraint Thomas and Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers), Marc Hershey (UAE). United Arab Emirates), Alberto Betiol (EF), Maximilian Schachmann (Bora Hansgrohe) and Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech).
Finishing is usually expected between 5 and 6 a.m. Our time, introduction starts a little later. You can always read a report on our website and see the results and standings.
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