It's almost mid-January and the 2017 cycling season is thus about to begin, more particularly with the Santos Tour Down Under, as usual the first UCI WorldTour race of the year. This year it will take place from Tuesday 17 till Sunday 22 January 2017!
The Tour Down Under 2017 race route on Google Maps
Sunday 15 January 2017 - People's Choice Classic - criterium - 50.6 km
As usual, this race will be preceded by the People's Choice Classic which is not officially part of the Santos Tour Down Under but it's part of the official criterium calendar of the UCI, which allow the riders of the UCI WorldTeams to participate in it.
In 2017, the race route of this closed circuit will be the same as in 2016 when it was modified compared to what it used to be: nowadays, the riders do 22 laps on a circuit of 2.3 kilometers around Ityamai-Itpina Park: a completely flat race route for this People's Choice Classic. The total distance thus is 50.6 kilometers. The start of the race will be at 7.15PM (local time, 9.45AM in Paris / 8.45AM in London) and the finish around 8.15PM.
At the 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th crossing of the finish line, the riders can win additional prize money in a sprint.
Herunder you'll find the race route of the People's Choice Classic on Google Maps and its profile. Click on the images to open them.
Tuesday 17 January 2017 - 1/ Unley > Lyndoch - 145 km
While Adelaide will still as usual be the headquarters of the Tour Down Under, but the first stage of the 19th edition of the Santos Tour Down Under (which is part of the UCI WorldTour since 2008) will start in Unley, in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.
From the start city, the riders will go off north first, crossing Adelaide, up to Wingfield, and then turn north-east up to One Tree Hill. Going towards Kersbrook they'll climb a 2nd category climb in Humbug Scrub before they go back north towards the local circuit which starts in Williamstown. After the first crossing of the finish line the riders will turn left towards Sandy Creek before they go back to Williamstown. After 3 full laps on this circuit the finish will take place in Lyndoch after 145 kilometers in the race.
Hereunder you'll find the race route of this first stage on Google Maps and its profile. Click on the images to open them.
Wednesday 18 January 2017 - 2/ Stirling > Paracombe - 148.5 km
On Wednesday, the second stage will start in Stirling and the riders will start the stage with a short circuit south of the start city and they will do this circuit 5 times. Towards the end of this circuit they'll find the intermediate sprint in Heathfield where the riders can take bonifications in the 2nd and 4th lap. Even closer to the end of the circuit they'll find the feeding zone, in the 3rd lap of the circuit.
After the 5 laps on the circuit the race will continue north up to Paracombe where the stage will end in a 1st category climb at a few hundreds of meters from the finish line.
Hereunder you'll find the race route of this second stage on Google Maps and its profile. Click on the images to open them.
Thursday 19 January 2017 - 3/ Glenelg > Victor Harbor - 144 km
The 3rd stage will start south of Adelaide, in Glenelg, and will have its km 0 in Sturt. The riders will go off south via McLaren Vale and the climb of the 2nd category Sellicks Hill, before they'll battle for the two intermediate sprints in Myponga and in Inman Valley. At the finish they'll be at the most southern point of this South-Australian race, Victor Harbor.
Hereunder you'll find the race route of this third stage on Google Maps and its profile. Click on the images to open them.
Friday 20 January 2017 - 4/ Norwood > Campbelltown - 149,5 km
The 4th stage of this Santos Tour Down Under 2017 will start in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide, in Norwood. The km 0 of this stage will be at only a few kilometers from the finish of this stage but the riders will still have to do 149.5 kilometers before they'll finally cross the white finish line!
Indeed, they'll first go off north-east, via a 2nd category climb, Checker Hill Road, before they'll battle for the intermediate sprint of Birdwood and they'll continue up until they're close to Mount Pleasant. Just before they get there they'll however turn left in north-western direction towards Williamstown where they'll turn again, south-east, down to the feeding zone in Springton where they'll turn south until they really arrive in Mount Pleasant this time, where they'll find the second intermediate sprint.
Via Mount Torrens and Lobethal, they'll go on till the finish line in Campbelltown.
Hereunder you'll find the race route of this fourth stage on Google Maps and its profile. Click on the images to open them.
Saturday 21 January 2017 - 5/ McLaren Vale > Willunga Hill - 151,5 km
The forelast stage is a classical stage in the TDU, between McLaren Vale and Willunga Hill, one out of only two first category climbs of the Australian race.
In order to allow this stage to finish on top of the Old Willunga Hill and thus allow a "climber" to win this stage, it has been extended in 2012 (from 131 to 151.5 kilometers) doing 3 times the longst circuit between McLaren Vale, Willunga and Snapper Point (where the riders will battle for an intermediate sprint two times) instead of 2 times, and only once (also instead of 2 times) the shortest circuit, this time with finish on top of the Old Willunga Hill. Thanks to the localisation of this climb, the riders will climb it twice anyway during this stage. This change was kept and it's thus now a real classical stage among the Tour Down Under stages.
Hereunder you'll find the race route of this fifth stage on Google Maps and its profile. Click on the images to open them.
Sunday 22 January 2017 - 6/ Adelaide > Adelaide - 90 km
The sixth stage seemed quite classical as well, but in 2014 the circuit in the center of Adelaide was changed and in 2015 it was only partially reverted back to the usual circuit. The new circuit takes the western part of the circuit as before but the western part was cut off and the visit of King William Street has been made longer. Maybe the idea is to make this the Australian equivalent of the Champs Elysées ?! ;-)
Anyway, this circuit hasn't changed since 2015 and it's again 4.5 km long and the riders will do 20 laps on it to come to the total distance of 90 kilometers.
In the 8th and 12th lap, the riders will battle for an intermediate sprint on the start/finish line, while they can take the last points for the King of the Mountains classicifcation in the 10th and 15th on the tiny climb of Montefiore Hill.
Hereunder you'll find the race route of this sixth stage on Google Maps and its profile. Click on the images to open them.
The Tour Down Under 2017 race route in Google Earth
If you prefer to see the complete race route of all the Santos Tour Down Under 2017 stages in Google Earth, that's possible (if necessary you'll have to download and install Google Earth) by clicking the following link:
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Bonne année 2017 à tous les amoureux de vélo!
| Pierre CROLAIS | sunday 15 January 2017 at 18:23:01
En effet, 10 seulement : Amael Moinard (BMC Racing Team), Julien Bérard, François Bidard et Clément Chevrier d'AG2R La Mondiale, Anthony Roux, Jeremy Maison, Arnaud Courteille, Lorenzo Manzin, Matthieu Ladagnous et Johan Le Bon de la FDJ.
La course sera tout de même retransmise par la chaîne Equipe, en différé.