Tour Down Under 2019: Favourites
Mostly won by Australians, last year's Tour Down Under saw Daryl Impey seize power. The South African is eyeing up a second consecutive win, but faces strong competition by the likes of Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte. Cyclingstage.com brings you the favourites to win the 2019 Tour Down Under.
[This article was written in the week before the start of the Tour Down Under and has not been updated.]
The only European rider to win the overall in the last five editions was Tom-Jelte Slagter (2013), while Daryl Impey (South Africa) took the GC by suprise in 2018.
The Tour Down Under is a race for the hilly specialists. Just take a look at the record holder. Simon Gerrans is a four time winner, pocketing the GC in 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2016. The route is tailor made for the type of rider the retired Australian was.
The battle for the overall win probably comes down to time bonuses and the final climb up Willunga Hill on the last day of action. Moving the ascent from Saturday to the final Sunday should keep the GC battle exciting until the last day. Willunga Hill is a 3 kilometres climb at 7%.
Richie Porte is the king of Willunga Hill. He won the race in last five editions. Last year, Daryl Impey limited his losses on Willunga Hill to 8 seconds, which led to him winning the GC in the same time as Porte.
As alway, the heat could play a key role Down Under. Obviously, rising temperatures are advantageous to home riders, who have acclimatised better to the conditions than riders from more wintry climate zones.
Former winners at the start of the 2019 Tour Down Under are Luis León Sánchez (2005), Tom-Jelte Slagter (2013), Rohan Dennis (2015), Richie Porte (2017) and title defender Daryl Impey.
Favourites 2019 Tour Down Under
***** Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis
**** Michael Valgren, Wout Poels, Michael Woods
*** Daryl Impey, Diego Ulissi, Tom-Jelte Slagter
** Jay McCarthy, Luis León Sánchez, Peter Sagan
* Robert Gesink, Pierre Latour, Nathan Haas
Tour Down Under Route
Tour Down Under Riders
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles Porte wins stage 6 as Impey takes GC - Tour Down Under 2019 Sprint victory Philipsen, Bevin crashes but retains lead - Tour Down Under 2019 Stage 4: Impey wins ahead of Bevin, who retains GC lead - Tour Down Under 2019 Sagan wins hilly 3rd stage, Bevin still leader - Tour Down Under 2019 Bevin snatches 2nd stage to take GC lead - Tour Down Under 2019 Viviani sprints to victory and ochre jersey in stage 1 - Tour Down Under 2019 Route stage 1: North Adelaide - Port Adelaide - Tour Down Under 2019 Route stage 2: Norwood - Angaston - Tour Down Under 2019 Route stage 3: Lobethal - Uraidla - Tour Down Under 2019 Route stage 4: Unley - Campbelltown - Tour Down Under 2019 Route stage 5: Glenelg - Strathalbyn - Tour Down Under 2019 Route stage 6: McLaren Vale - Willunga Hill - Tour Down Under 2019 More articles
Tour de France 2022: The Route
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 1: Copenhagen - Copenhagen
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 2: Roskilde - Nyborg
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 3: Vejle - Sønderborg
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 4: Dunkirk - Calais
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 5: Lille - Arenberg
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 7: Tomblaine - La Planche des Belles Filles
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 10: Morzine - Megève
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 11: Albertville - Col du Granon
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 12: Briançon - Alpe d'Huez
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 17: Saint-Gaudens - Peyragudes
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 18: Lourdes - Hautacam
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 20: Lacapelle-Marival - Rocamadour
Cycling Calendar 2022
Giro 2022: The Route
Giro 2022 Route stage 1: Budapest - Viségrad
Giro 2022 Route stage 2: Budapest ITT
Giro 2022 Route stage 4: Avola - Etna
Giro 2022 Route stage 7: Diamante - Potenza
Giro 2022 Route stage 9: Isernia - Blockhaus
Giro 2022 Route stage 12: Parma - Genua
Giro 2022 Route stage 14: Santena - Turin
Giro 2022 Route stage 15: Rivarolo Canavese - Cogne
Giro 2022 Route stage 16: Salò - Aprica
Giro 2022 Route stage 17: Ponte di Legno - Lavarone
Giro 2022 Route stage 20: Belluno - Passo Fedaia
Vuelta 2022: Route & Rumours
Vuelta 2022 Route stage 1: TTT in Utrecht
Vuelta 2022 Route stage 2: 's Hertogenbosch - Utrecht
Vuelta 2022 Route stage 3: Breda - Breda
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!