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Tour Down Under 2020 race overview
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 – Start List
- How to watch the Tour Down Under 2020 - live stream, TV and results
- Tour Down Under 2020: Mat Hayman's stage-by-stage race guide
- 10 riders to watch at the 2020 Tour Down Under
- Tour Down Under: Nizzolo wins stage 5 sprint in Victor Harbor
- Impey takes charge at Tour Down Under but Porte is the danger as Willunga looms
- Porte loses Tour Down Under lead but overall victory remains within reach
- Tour Down Under victory lifts Nizzolo, Riis and NTT Pro Cycling
- Tour Down Under stage 5 race highlights – Video
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.;
- Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck QuickStep to use alloy bikes at Schwalbe Classic Criterium ahead of Tour Down Under
- Elia Viviani's De Rosa SK Pininfarina – Gallery
- Specialized Tour Down Under Collection spotted in the wild
- Unreleased Giant road helmet spotted at Tour Down Under
- Richie Porte's Trek Emonda – Gallery
- New De Rosa track bike spotted at Tour Down Under
- Mikkel Bjerg's Colnago Concept – Gallery
- Tour Down Under 2020 mega race tech gallery
- Daryl Impey's Scott Addict RC – Gallery
- Sam Bennett: A full kit overview
- Mavic and Romain Bardet combine forces to raise money for Australian bushfire relief
- New shoes from Rapha, Bontrager and Mavic spotted at the Tour Down Under
- Rohan Dennis: A full kit overview
- Caleb Ewan's Ridley Noah Fast Disc – Gallery
- Sam Bennett's Down Under edition Specialized Allez Sprint Disc – Gallery
- André Greipel's Factor One - Gallery
- A closer look at the new Giant TCR – Simon Geschke's 6.4kg bike
- A look inside the pro peloton's race-day data screens - Part 1
- Mads Pedersen's Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc – Gallery
- Romain Bardet: A full kit overview
- Rohan Dennis' Pinarello Dogma F12 XLight – Gallery
- Lachlan Morton's Cannondale Supersix Evo - Gallery
- Elia Viviani: A full kit overview
- Tour Down Under: Another mega tech gallery
- Mads Pedersen: A full kit overview
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.
Tour Down Under 202019 January 2020 - 26 January 2020 | Adelaide | WorldTour
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'It's nice to win a bike race again' says Richie Porte after taking Tour Down Under titleAustralian takes overall victory after battle of nerves with Mitchelton-Scott
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5 conclusions from the 2020 Tour Down UnderPorte, Impey, Ewan and new kid on the block Holmes animate Australian WorldTour race
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