Stage 1: Clare - Tanunda, 141 km

The opening stage of this year's Tour Down Under visits a new town in Clare, the centre of the Clare Valley wine region about 75km from the centre of Adelaide. The parcours runs to the heart of the Barossa Valley, Tanunda, 141km later, having travelled through some undulating terrain.

Although the stage profile indicates that it's mainly downhill for the first half of the 141km, the second half, including the Mengler's Hill climb, will throw up the potential for a group to get away as the bunch embarks on the lap around the finish town of Tanunda.

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