The Tour Down Under is the perfect curtain-raiser for the men’s World Tour season.
Gone are the days, however, when six days racing around Adelaide were treated as almost a holiday for the sport’s elite. As the 2024 event showed, this is a race full of challenges. It’s a race that can give your season an early boost, or dampen hopes, where new stars can emerge and storylines begin to be written for the year ahead.
This year’s race included several stand-out moments; like Isaac del Toro’s (UAE Team Emirates) perfectly timed attack on stage two, Sam Welsford’s (Bora-Hansgrohe) sprinting masterpiece and the measured, unshakeable performance of Stephen Williams (Israel – Premier Tech) to take the overall crown.
Besides, these were the lesser-seen elements that make the Tour Down Under what it is; like wheelies on Willunga, quirky murals and the picturesque Adelaide landscape as the backdrop.