Movistar Team confirms Tour Down Under lineup
UCI World Tour’s opening event (January 15-22) set to kick off Eusebio Unzué-led squad’s 38th season in professional cycling.
As with every season for the last decade, the Movistar Team will start their 2017 with the Tour Down Under (17-22 January), the opening race of the UCI World Tour, which includes six stages – two of them short mountain-top finishes, in Paracombe (Wednesday 18) and Old Willunga Hill (Saturday 21) – suited for sprinters and explosive climbers.
The action will begin two days earlier at the traditional People’s Choice Classic (Sunday 15).
The Blues will be travelling to Adelaide this weekend, their seven-man lineup including two of the Spanish outfit’s signings for the new season: Carlos Barbero – expected to be their sprinting weapon – and Víctor de la Parte.
The full list also features Jasha Sütterlin, Gorka Izagirre, Marc Soler and brothers José and Jesús Herrada.
The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s premier cycling race with a rich history.
The Santos Tour Down Under is an action-packed nine days of world-class cycling with gala dinners, street parties and an amazing atmosphere for riders and spectators, visitors and locals alike.
The event was first staged in 1999 with local rider Stuart O’Grady taking the win. Since then, numerous internationally renowned cyclists have joined the Honour Roll. The event has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.
In 2008 the Santos Tour Down Under joined the prestigious UCI WorldTour, the first event outside cycling’s traditional home of Europe to do so. The event is held in January every year, making it the first event on the international cycling calendar.
The Santos Tour Down Under visits some of South Australia’s spectacular beaches, world-famous wine regions and historic country towns before the finale on the streets of Adelaide.
The elite of world cycling such as Cadel Evans, Marcel Kittel, Andy Schleck and Andre Greipel have all come to South Australia to conquer the roads of the Santos Tour Down Under. In 2017, the world’s top cyclists will once again be back to stamp their authority on the new season.
In 2016 the Santos Tour Down Under saw 795,0000 spectators line the roads of South Australia to watch Australian hero Simon Gerrans of Orica-GreenEDGE take victory for the third time in his career, with more than 39,000 visitors from interstate and overseas. The event generated $49.6m in revenue for the state’s economy and contributed to many communities across the state.