2020 Tour Down Under to once again feature Willunga Hill finale
The 2020 Tour Down Under will once again feature Willunga Hill on the final day of racing, with organisers keen to keep the suspense and excitement going to the last day of racing of the opening WorldTour race of the season.
Up until 2019, the final stage of the men's race had been a traditional sprinters' circuit race around Adelaide, with Willunga Hill serving as the 'queen stage' on the penultimate day of racing. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) has a stranglehold on the stage, winning there for the past six years in a row. But despite his Willunga domination, Porte has been beaten to the overall title by Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) for the past two editions. In 2019, the South African stuck to Porte up Willunga Hill, having gained time earlier in the race.
The men's 2020 Tour Down Under route is, as usual, based around the city of Adelaide in South Australia, with starts in the suburbs of Norwood and Unley this year. The longest stage is stage 4 from Norwood to Murray Bridge, which runs for 152 kilometres.
"I'm positive that next year's race will be hotly contested," said race director Mike Turtur. "Personally, I'm looking forward to stage 2, which features a first-time start at Woodside before crossing over to Stirling, and is a route that's sure to suit the all-rounders.
"Another stage set to be a highlight is stage 4, with the crosswind between Mannum and Murray Bridge a considerable element to be contended with."
The racing kicks off with the now traditional criterium, which isn't part of the race proper, but gives spectators a chance to see the riders on multiple occasions on the evening circuit, which this year moves to an even more central location in Adelaide.
Tour Down Under 202019 January 2020 - 26 January 2020 | Adelaide | WorldTour