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Tour Down Under 2020

Tour Down Under 2020 race overview

Richie Porte in action at the Tour Down Under in 2019

The 2020 Tour Down Under once again opens the WorldTour in its 22nd edition. Willunga Hill, the often-decisive climb, will feature on the final day in the pivotal stage of the race, as organisers keen to keep the suspense and excitement going to the last day of racing.

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) has won the stage ending atop the hill six times in a row, and at the midway point of the 2020 edition the Australian leads the general classification after winning the stage 3 hilltop finish in Paracombe.

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. This time around he has snatched the race lead from Porte ahead of the final stage, with two seconds in hand.

Sam Bennett won the opening stage of this year's race after his Deceuninck, while Caleb Ewan won the sprint finish on stage 2 in Stirling, as well as stage 4 in Murray Bridge. Giacomo Nizzolo sprinted to his first WorldTour win since 2012 on stage 5.

The 2020 UCI WorldTour gets underway with the Tour Down Under in a matter of days, and Cyclingnews will be bringing you previews, news, features and tech from the professional peloton in Australia leading up to, during and after the race. Here we also share how to live stream the Tour Down Under, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN.

Tour Down Under 2020 must-reads

Here are Cyclingnews' biggest and most important stories from the Tour Down Under in 2020. We will have features, rider interviews, race analysis and breaking news from the first WorldTour race of the 2020 season.

Tour Down Under 2020 tech

At the first WorldTour race of 2020, teams are going to be racing with all sorts of new tech for the first time – from bikes and wheels to kits and helmets. We've covered the biggest tech news at 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 on January 19 with the now traditional Schwalbe Classic 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.