Tour Down Under 2017: Favourites

For years now, the Santos Tour Down Under has been the first World Tour race in the season. World Champion Peter Sagan is among the major contenders, yet for most European riders the race is the first showdown, while the Australians should be at their best form with the nationals pnly one week behind them. Check out the favourites to win the 2017 Tour Down Under. (Slideshow route/profile)

The Santos Tour Down Under is for the hilly specialists. Just take a look at the most recent winners: Simon Gerrans (2016, 2014, 2012, 2006), Rohan Dennis (2015), and Tom-Jelte Slagter (2013).

Gerrans is a perfect rider for the Touw Down Under. Same goes for Peter Sagan. They both can rely in a strong sprint that will no doubt bring them time bonuses – and don’t expect them to be dropped all too easily on the uphill sections.

Could be the 2017 winner is from the BMC camp. Richie Porte turned out to be the runner-up in last two editions. On both occasions he took the Queen Stage to Willunga Hill, but with a lead that turned out to be a little too small. Last year Gerrans did win the Tour Down Under 9 seconds ahead of Porte, in 2015 Rohan Dennis was 2 seconds ahead of him.

Esteban Chaves is a new face in the Tour Down Under. The Colombian climber is eyeing up a Giro-win later this season, yet a win in Australia would not hurt his morale. As for Porte, Willunga Hill would be the place to strike.

Favourites Tour Down Under 2017

*** Richie Porte, Simon Gerrans, Rohan Dennis
** Esteban Chaves, Peter Sagan, Geraint Thomas, Robert Gesink, Diego Ulissi
* Tom-Jelte Slagter, Gianluca Brambilla, Wilco Kelderman, Sergio Henao, Jarlinson Pantano

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