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
Tour Down Under 2017: Route maps, height profiles, and more
Click on the images to zoom.
Tour Down Under Route
Tour Down Under Riders
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles Ewan powers to victory four in final stage, Porte wins overall - Tour Down Under 2017 Porte wins for fourth time on Willunga Hill and cements lead - Tour Down Under 2017 Ewan powers to third victory in Campbelltown, Porte retains lead - Tour Down Under 2017 Ewan bests Sagan on the line in 3rd stage, Porte still leader - Tour Down Under 2017 Stage 2 victory Porte catapults him into ochre jersey - Tour Down Under 2017 Ewan powers to victory and leaders jersey in stage 1 - Tour Down Under 2017 Route stage 1: Unley - Lyndoch - Tour Down Under 2017 Route stage 2: Stirling - Paracombe - Tour Down Under 2017 Route stage 3: Glenelg - Victor Harbor - Tour Down Under 2017 Route stage 4: Norwood - Campbelltown - Tour Down Under 2017 Route stage 5: McLaren Vale – Willunga Hill - Tour Down Under 2017 Route stage 6: Criterium in Adelaide - Tour Down Under 2017 More articles
Tour de France 2019: The Route
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 1: Brussels - Brussels
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 2: Brussels - Brussels
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 6: Mulhouse - La Planche des Belle Filles
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 13: ITT in Pau
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 14: Tarbes - Col du Tourmalet
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 15: Limoux - Prat d'Albis
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Tignes
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 20: Albertville - Val Thorens
Giro 2019: The Route
Giro 2019 Route stage 1: Bologna - San Luca
Giro 2019 Route stage 9: Riccione - San Marino
Giro 2019 Route stage 16: Lovere - Ponte di Legno
Giro 2019 Route stage 17: Commezzadura - Anterselva
Giro 2019 Route stage 19: Treviso – San Martino di Castrozza
Giro 2019 Route stage 20: Feltre - Croce d'Aune/Monte Avena
Giro 2019 Route stage 21: ITT in Verona
Vuelta 2019: Route and rumours
Tour Down Under 2019: The Route
Cycling Calendar 2019
Cycling Calendar 2018
Quick Results Service
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!