Where: Adelaide, Australia
When: January 14-22 2017
Rank: UCI WorldTour

The Tour Down Under returns for its 19th edition and its tenth year as the curtain-raiser of the UCI WorldTour.

Thanks to its position at the very start of the international cycling calendar, the Tour Down Under always enjoys considerable attention from cycling fans across the world, eager to see a bit of bike racing after a few fallow months.

Maybe as a result of those few months without cycling, but the racing always seems entertaining too, and although some parts of the peloton use it as a chance to cruise around and enjoy some good weather, at the front the racing is fierce as riders try to pick up crucial WorldTour points early in the year.

The week of racing in South Australia kicks off with the 50km People’s Choice Classic criterium around the streets of Adelaide on January 15, before the Tour Down Under itself starts two days later.

The Tour Down Under stages are generally flat or rolling, with sprinters picking up the majority of the stage wins, but the overall winner is generally decided with the annual summit finish on Willunga Hill.

With Australian riders having enjoyed months of training in the sun while riders from the northern hemisphere have been stuck on their turbo trainers, it’s no surprise that the Tour Down Under has traditionally been dominated by Antipodeans.

Australian riders have won the Tour Down Under 11 times, including the last three editions, with Simon Gerrans holding the record for the most overall wins with four.

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Tour Down Under: recent winners

2016: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
2015: Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing)
2014: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
2013: Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling)
2012: Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge)
2011: Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo)
2010: André Greipel (HTC-Columbia)
2009: Allan Davis (Quick Step)
2008: André Greipel (Team High Road)
2007: Martin Elmiger (Ag2r Prévoyance)

Tour Down Under 2016

Where: Adelaide, Australia
When: 19-24 January 2016
Rank: UCI WorldTour

The 2016 Tour Down Under was dominated by Orica-GreenEdge, with the Australian team winning four of the six stages and claiming the overall title through Simon Gerrans.

It was Gerrans’s fourth career win in his home race, having also taken the title in 2006, 2012 and 2014, moving him two ahead of Stuart O’Grady in the record books.

Gerrans won two stages in the 2016 race, while his teammate Caleb Ewan also took a pair of stages, bookending the race with wins.

The international competitors didn’t get much of a look in on the other days either, with Tinkoff’s Australian Jay McCarthey winning stage two and briefly taking the ochre jersey and Richie Porte winning up Willunga Hill yet again on stage five.

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao broke up the Australian domination by taking the mountains classification, finishing 10 points ahead of Porte.

The race is preceded by the one-day People’s Choice Classic on Sunday January 17, which was won by Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge).

Historically, Lotto-Soudal sprinter Andre Greipel holds the record for the most stage wins, taking 16 victories between 2008 and 2014.

The peloton on stage 2 of the 2016 Tour Down Under

A stage by stage guide to the 2017 Tour Down Under, the opening race of the UCI WorldTour (January 14-22), around Adelaide and South Australia.

Tour Down Under

With the race taking place in the middle of January, we'll update the Tour Down Under start list when teams and rider lists are announced.

22 January 2016
18th Tour Down Under
Stage 04 : Norwood - Victor Harbor
IMPEY Daryl (RSA) Orica - GreenEDGE
GERRANS Simon (AUS) Orica - GreenEDGE, Leader of the General Classification
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) heads into the Queen Stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under on Saturday with a 14 second buffer over second place Jay McCarthy of Tinkoff. The Australian…

21 January 2016
18th Tour Down Under
Stage 03 : Glenelg - Campbelltown
1st : GERRANS Simon (AUS) Orica - GreenEDGE
2nd : DENNIS Rohan (AUS) BMC
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Photographers Graham Watson and Yuzuru Sunada were on hand to capture images from the third stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under as the GC contenders battled it out

Ben Swift before stage 2 of the 2016 Tour Down Under

The 2016 Tour Down Under continued on Wednesday on stage two with another hot day, and a change in the overall race lead. Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) took the stage victory…