Where: Adelaide, Australia
When: January 17-22 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 2017 stages

Stage one, Tuesday January 17, Unley to Lyndoch, 145km
Stage two, Wednesday January 18, Stirling to Paracombe, 148.5km
Stage three, Thursday January 19, Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 144km
Stage four, Friday January 20, Norwood to Campbelltown, 149.5km
Stage five, Saturday January 21, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5km
Stage six, Sunday January 22, Adelaide, 90km

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)

Get the latest Tour Down Under start list as the pro cycling WorldTour gets underway on January 17-22 2017

A stage by stage guide to the 2017 Tour Down Under, the opening race of the UCI WorldTour (January 17-22), around Adelaide and South Australia.