Guide to the six stages of the 2017 Tour Down Under, the opening race of the UCI WorldTour (January 14-22)

The 2017 Tour Down Under is the first race of the new UCI WorldTour season, and as such it attracts a huge amount of interest.

The race is almost entirely based around Adelaide, South Australia, and its environs, and comprises six stages from Tuesday, January 19, to Sunday, January 24.

As has been the case with previous editions of the Tour Down Under, the race is likely to be decided on Willunga Hill on stage five.

>>> UCI WorldTour calendar 2017

However there is also the opportunity for GC men to open gaps on their rivals as early as stage two, with the short, uphill finish into Paracombe.

As for the sprinters, there are a handful of opportunities to shine, with the first leader’s ochre jersey likely to go to a fast man after stage one.

The race concludes with a criterium around the streets of Adelaide on Sunday, January 22.

Tour Down Under 2017 stages

Stage one, Unley to Lyndoch, 145km

Tuesday, January 17

tour down under 2017 stage one profile

tour down under 2017 stage one map

Starting in the south of Adelaide, the neutralised zone passes through the city centre before racing gets going on the edge of town. The finishing circuit around Lyndoch is only slightly different to that used in 2016, and should see a bunch sprint to decide the winner

Stage two, Stirling to Paracombe, 148.5km

Wednesday, January 18

tour down under 2017 stage two profile

tour down under 2017 stage two map

The first real test of the week, Torrens Hill Road in Paracombe averaged nine per cent for its 1.2km length, and with the road narrowing drastically at its base, positioning will be crucial. Rohan Dennis took the stage win here in 2015 to set up his overall win; will we see the same again in the 2017 Tour Down Under?

Stage three, Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 144km

Thursday, January 19

tour down under 2017 stage three profile

tour down under 2017 stage three map

Don’t be deceived by the race profile, as stage three is a lot flatter than it looks. After the race drops down into Victor Harbour there are four laps of a slightly lumpy 14km circuit that might be hard enough to get rid of a few out-of-form sprinters, but shouldn’t shake up the GC.

Stage four, Norwood to Campbelltown, 149.5km

Friday, January 20

tour down under 2017 stage four profile

tour down under 2017 stage four map

With rolling roads, a downhill slant to the finish, and the leading teams perhaps looking to rest their legs head of tomorrow’s test, stage four could be the best day for a breakaway to succeed.

Stage five, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5km

Saturday, January 21

tour down under 2017 stage five profile

tour down under 2017 stage five map

The queen stage of the Tour Down Under, Willunga Hill will be climbed twice on the penultimate stage of the race, firstly to separate the wheat from the chaff, and then to decide the overall victory. With an average gradient of 7% for 3km, it’s certainly not the hardest climb of the year, but it’s the first summit finish of the year, so we’re not going to complain.

Stage six, Adelaide, 90km

Sunday, January 22

tour down under 2017 stage six profile

tour down under 2017 stage six map

The final criterium stage around the streets of Adelaide is a chance for the fans to see their heroes for one last time before they jet off back to Europe, but if there are slender gaps at the top of the GC standings, then expect the racing to be fierce as riders go in search of potentially crucial time bonuses.

Tour Down Under 2016: stage-by-stage

The 2016 Tour Down Under is the first race of the new UCI WorldTour season, and as such it attracts a huge amount of interest.

The race is almost entirely based around Adelaide, South Australia, and its environs, and comprises six stages from Tuesday, January 19, to Sunday, January 24.

>>> UCI WorldTour calendar 2016

There are few opportunities for the pure sprinters in the 2016 edition of the race, with the opening two stages both featuring relatively steep climbs early on followed by hilly finishing circuits.

Stages three and four both featured notable climbs within their final 20km – Corkscrew Hill and Crows Nest Road respectively. Both could favour late attacks to spoil the sprinters’ party.

The peloton on stage six of the 2015 Tour Down Under

The peloton on stage six of the 2015 Tour Down Under

Willunga Hill returns once more on stage five, looming in the final 30km where it is tackled twice.

The race concludes in Adelaide on Sunday, January 24, with a short 90km circuit-based finale.

The TdU is preceded by the 51km People’s Choice Classic single-day race on Sunday, January 17, to warm the riders’ legs up before the main event.

Rohan Dennis (BMC) won the 2015 edition of the race.

>>> The end of the Tour Down Under?

Tour Down Under 2016: Stages

Stage one, Prospect to Lyndoch, 130.8km

Tuesday, January 19

Tour Down Under 2016, stage one profile

Tour Down Under 2016, stage one profile

Tour Down Under 2016, stage one map

Tour Down Under 2016, stage one map

The opening stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under throws riders straight into the action, with the race’s first categorised climb of North East Road peaking at around 12km into the day. The peloton then heads north towards Lyndoch and three laps of a hilly circuit.


Stage two, Unley to Stirling, 132km

Wednesday, January 20

Tour Down Under 2016 stage two profile

Tour Down Under 2016 stage two profile

Tour Down Under 2016 stage two map

Tour Down Under 2016 stage two map

After the start in Unley, the riders head south-east and into the hills for five undulating laps before the day’s conclusion in Stirling.


Stage three, Glenelg to Campbelltown, 139km

Thursday, January 21

Tour Down Under 2016, stage three profile

Tour Down Under 2016, stage three profile

Tour Down Under 2016, stage three map

Tour Down Under 2016, stage three map

The relatively straightforward third stage has a sting in its tail: the climb and descent of Corkscrew Road. It could provide the ideal launchpad for a late attack.


Stage four, Norwood to Victor Harbour, 138km

Friday, January 22

Tour Down Under 2016, stage four profile

Tour Down Under 2016, stage four profile

Tour Down Under 2016, stage four map

Tour Down Under 2016, stage four map

This testing stage is one of two halves: after an ascent from the start in Adelaide, the opening section is then largely downhill before hitting a flatter run-in to the testing climb of Crows Nest Road. A daring attack over the top and maintained on the subsequent descent could net the stage win.


Stage five, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5km

Saturday, January 23

Tour Down Under 2016, stage five profile

Tour Down Under 2016, stage five profile

Tour Down Under 2016, stage five map

Tour Down Under 2016, stage five map

The traditional penultimate stage showdown once again features two ascents of the decisive Willunga Hill. This is the stage that has previously shaped the final top 10.


Stage six, King William Road (Adelaide) to King William Road (Adelaide), 90km

Sunday, January 24

Tour Down Under 2016, stage six map

Tour Down Under 2016, stage six map

Tour Down Under 2016, stage six profile (lap)

Tour Down Under 2016, stage six profile (lap)

The final stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under comprises 20 laps of a 4.5km circuit, and is roundly expected to finish in a bunch sprint after a short and frantic finale.

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