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 sprinter's circuit race around Adelaide, with Willunga Hill serving as the 'queen stage' on the penultimate day of racing. Richie Porte 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 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, though for the first time there are no stages starting or finishing in the city. 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 am looking forward to stage 2 which features a first-time start at Woodside before crossing over to Stirling, which is a route 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."