The Santos Tour Down Under brings UCI World Tour professional cycling teams to South Australia every January to race.
The event returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic as organisers were unable to accomodate international teams and the local requirements for quarantine and border management.
However, a buzz is back in the air as the 2023 edition is set to take place from January 13.
Taking in some of South Australia’s best sights, next year’s edition of the Tour Down Under will celebrate the “world-famous wine country to the dazzling Port Willunga beach and the summit of Mount Lofty.”
Several big names will be joining the long list of competitors, including Australians Ben O’Connor, Michael Matthews and Simon Clarke.
Not to mention Olympians Alexandra Manly and Georgia Baker.
WHEN DOES THE 2023 TOUR DOWN UNDER START?
The Tour Down Under begins Friday, January 13 and ends Sunday, January 22.
WHO WON THE 2022 TOUR DOWN UNDER?
According to the website, “The Santos Festival of Cycling is once again delivered as a domestic event due to ongoing restrictions and challenges with international travel relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The event did not take place as organisers were unable to accomodate both international teams and local border management.
The 2021 edition did not take place due to COVID-19 also.
Richie Porte won his second overall Santos Tour Down Under in 2020, while Darly Impey went back-to-back in 2018 and 2019.
WHICH RIDERS ARE COMPETING IN THE 2023 TOUR DOWN UNDER?
|Male riders||Female riders|
|Jai Hindley||Roby Roseman-Gannon|
|Chris Froome||Georgia Baker|
|Geraint Thomas||Alexandra Manly|
|Simon Yates||Nicole Frain|
|Darly Impey||Jessica Allen|
|Caleb Ewan||Georgia Howe|
|Ben O’Connor||Amber Pate|
|Michael Matthews||Rachel Neylan|
|Simon Clarke||Josie Talbot|
|Luke Plapp||Alli Anderson|
|Ethan Hayter||Haylee Fuller|
|Leo Hayter||Anya Louw|
2023 TOUR DOWN UNDER RESULTS
The results will be updated daily.
IS THE TOUR DOWN UNDER PART OF THE WORLD TOUR?
The Tour Down Under is traditionally the opening event of the UCI World Tour and features all 19 UCI WorldTeams.
In 2023, the women’s race will be included in the World Tour for the first time, per website:
“It’s finally happening. 2023 will be the first time the women will race at UCI WorldTour level. The first UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race in the southern hemisphere will take place in South Australia this January.”
HOW MUCH DO CYCLISTS EARN FOR WINNING THE TOUR DOWN UNDER?
According to an article by AdelaideNow in 2018, the prize money was $105,000 for both men and women, with the latter being equalised in January of that year.
“The Women’s Tour Down Under initially had a prize pool of about $15,000,” the story revealed.
“But in what the State Government calls a “world-first pay increase”, Sport Minister Leon Bignell announced $90,000 of additional winnings for the event.
“Riders will now receive the same prize money as the men for each of the stages — including $6120 for a stage win, $18,359 for the general classification — from this year, and it will apply to all future races.
“Prize money for the race is regulated by the Union Cyclist Internationale.”