Tour Down Under returns with Mount Lofty and a prologue but no Willunga Hill

WILLUNGA HILL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 29 A general view of the peloton passing through a Seaside landscape during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 3 a 1132km stage from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill 224m TourDownUnder on January 29 2022 in Willunga Hill Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images
The men's race at the 2022 Santos Festival of Cycling – the domestic replacement event for the COVID cancelled Tour Down Under in 2021 and 2022 – as it passes by the beach on the Willunga stage (Image credit: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

The Santos Tour Down Under will be returning from its COVID-19 cancellations in 2023 with some changes to the normal menu for the men’s race, as a 5.5 kilometre prologue and a summit finish on Mount Lofty have been added while the race staple of Willunga Hill will be absent.

The usual pre-race curtain raiser criterium will run on the weekend ahead of the men’s race on Saturday January 14 and the new Adelaide prologue is then set for Tuesday January 17. The peloton then heads out onto the roads surrounding the capital city of South Australia for five stages from Wednesday January 18 to Sunday January 22.

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