The 2023 Santos Tour Down Under is back after a two-year absence and so professional cycling’s WorldTour series will once again begin in Adelaide in January, with many of professional cycling’s best riders starting the new season in the warmth of the Australian summer.
This year’s Tour Down Under is the 23rd edition of the men’s race, with the women’s race also part of the WorldTour for the first time.
The racing begins on Saturday January 14 but riders will arrive in Australia early, creating a unique pre-race atmosphere as the 2023 season begins.
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The 2023 Santos Tour Down Under
Cyclingnews was created in 1995 and we have covered every edition of the Tour Down Under since it was first held in 1999 when now race director Stuart O’Grady won the inaugural edition.
The Tour Down Under has traditionally marked the start of the WorldTour, with only the COVID-19 pandemic and travelling restrictions cancelling the race in 2021 and 2022. Smaller national level events were held in the last years but the biggest teams and many of the sport’s biggest riders will return for the 2023 race in January.
Grand Tour winners Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates have all confirmed they will ride this year’s Tour Down Under, each…