Women’s Tour Down Under continues on path toward WorldTour

ECHUNGA AUSTRALIA JANUARY 24 A general view of Georgia Baker of Australia Sprint Jersey Ruby RosemanGannon of Australia Blue Santos Leaders Jersey Alexandra Manly of Australia Amber Pate of Australia and Amanda Spratt of Australia and Team BikeExchangeJayco lead the peloton during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Womens Elite Stage 2 a 857km stage from McLaren Vale to Echunga TourDownUnder on January 24 2022 in Echunga Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images
Stage 2 of the women's race at the Santos Festival of Cycling 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Santos Festival of Cycling may have been ranked as an Australian National Road Series event but the organisation surrounding it and coverage provided had far more in common with a Women’s WorldTour race, and that continues to be the direction where the South Australian event is heading.

It would be understandable if, after two years of cancellations of the 2.Pro Women's Tour Down Under race due to COVID-19, the momentum toward the top-tier may have slowed. That, however, hasn’t been allowed to happen, with the Santos Festival of Cycling serving as a clear reminder that the race is waiting in the wings to step back onto the international calendar with full-force.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.