Road racing is back! The new season draws closer with the return of the Tour Down Under, the 2023 WorldTour opener, which runs from January 17-22.
The 2023 Women’s WorldTour also gets underway this month, with the Women’s Tour Down Under running from January 15-17.
Cyclingnews will have race reports, analysis and news in the lead-up, during, and after the races as a host of big names head to Australia to kick off the new season.
The Tour Down Under will be broadcast live around Europe and the rest of the world – you can find out how to watch the race wherever you are with our handy guide and with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
Both race return for the first time since 2020 after a series of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the women’s race, many of the big names hail from Australia, so plenty for the locals to cheer on during the three-day event.
Home team Jayco-AlUla bring Ruby Roseman-Gannon, Alexandra Manly, Jessica Allen, while Amanda Spratt and Brodie Chapman turn out for Trek-Segafredo. Grace Brown headlines FDJ-Suez, while Rachel Neylan is racing for the Australian national team. Elsewhere, EF Education-Tibco-SVB bring Lauren Stephens and Krista Doebel-Hickok.
In the men’s race, home favourites include Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michael Matthews (Jayco-AlUla), Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citröen), Kaden Groves and Robert Stannard (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ), Luke Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers), Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma), Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates), and Caleb Ewan (Australian national team).
Other big names lining up for the race include Simon Yates (Jayco-AlUla), Geraint Thomas, Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers), George Bennett (UAE Team Emirates), Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech), Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost), and Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious).
Read on for all the information on how to watch the 2023 Tour Down Under. Check out the route details here.
How to watch the Tour Down Under
Television coverage of both races is set to kick off at 01:30 GMT (20:30 EST) and run for around three to four hours depending on stage length.
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