The 2024 Tour Down Under will kick off the WorldTour season with the women’s event held from January 12-14, directly followed by the men’s event from January 16-21. It will take place in and around Adelaide, 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 24th edition of the men’s race, while the newer women’s event worked its way up to WorldTour level last year and will now be opening the season of top tier racing for a second year.
The Tour Down Under and Women’s Tour Down Under will feature the climb that is synonymous with the race – Willunga Hill – as it provides the finale for the women’s race and the penultimate stage for the men’s race, which again finishes on Mount Lofty.
Organisers of the 2024 Tour Down Under have announced the first headline rider – Caleb Ewan – who will be racing his first WorldTour race with Jayco-AlUla after returning to the Australian team after a five-year absence.
The block of racing also features the men’s Down Under Classic on January 13 – a pre-event criterium which Ewan won while racing with the national team in 2023 – and the women’s Down Under Criterium on January 18.
New this year, gravel specialists will compete in the inaugural RADL GRVL, which will run from January 18-20 during the 2024 Santos Tour Down Under and will take place on a mix of sealed and gravel roads around Adelaide.
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