Marcel Kittel Grabs Early Bragging Rights Down Under

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 19, 2014 (AFP) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel grabbed early bragging rights over Andre Greipel after the Tour Down Under warm-up criterion through the streets of Adelaide on Sunday. Kittel was perfectly placed on Greipel's wheel coming into the final straight before overhauling his fellow countryman to win by half a wheel. Greipel looked in the perfect … [Read more...]

Bushfire May Threaten Stage 1 Of Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Jan 18, 2014 (AFP) - Bushfires may force the cancellation of the first stage of the Tour Down Under cycling event, officials in South Australia said Saturday. After a street race in Adelaide on Sunday, the Tour begins on Tuesday with a 135 kilometre race from Nuriootpa to Angaston in the Barossa region -- an area currently under threat of fire. "From a race point of view, … [Read more...]

Thomas Voeckler Breaks Collar Bone, No Tour Down Under

Voeckler Winning Stage 10 SYDNEY, Jan 15, 2014 (AFP) - French star Thomas Voeckler broke his collar bone when he crashed into a car during training on Wednesday and is out of the Tour Down Under, race organizers said. The 34-year-old was taken to a sports clinic for X-rays immediately after the accident, which happened on a ride near the Adelaide beach suburb of Glenelg just hours … [Read more...]

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler To Debut In Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Dec 31, 2013 (AFP) - French star Thomas Voeckler will race the Tour Down Under for the first time when his Europcar team debuts in Australia's leading cycling event in January. Race director Mike Turtur said Voeckler's climbing abilities make him well suited to the 2014 route in and around Adelaide. "Having worn the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on two occcasions … [Read more...]

French Favorites Return to Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Nov 27, 2013 (AFP) - French outfit Ag2r La Mondiale Wednesday confirmed a return to the Tour Down Under with a strong team, led by explosive climber Maxime Bouet, aiming for stage wins. Ag2r is the only team to have competed every year since the race began, and they are bringing a seven-man roster led by Bouet for the January event, with compatriots Maxime Daniel and Sebastien … [Read more...]

Cadel Evans To Ride In Australia’s Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Oct 26, 2013 - Cadel Evans will take part in Australia's Tour Down Under in Adelaide for the first time in four years in January, race organisers said on Saturday. It will be the first time Evans, 36, has competed in his home tour and UCI World Tour event since he won the Tour de France in 2011. Evans, who will race for the BMC Racing Team, said he has set his sights … [Read more...]

Timmy Duggan’s On The Road Back

The American national road race champion, Timmy experienced a violent crash during third stage of his debut race for Team Saxo-Tinkoff in Tour Down Under. It's been a month since the crash and the American rider is slowly getting back on track: You must have been thinking about your crash a lot. What happened exactly? “We were going at 80 kilometers an hour through a roundabout and I … [Read more...]

Tom-Jelte Slagter Wins The 2013 Tour Down Under

Slagter Wins The 2013 Tour Down Under

by Andrew Dent ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 27, 2013 (AFP) - Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter from Blanco Pro Cycling won the season-opening UCI WorldTour Tour Down Under on Sunday, securing his first title as a professional. Slagter stayed out of trouble in the final 90-kilometre stage through the streets of Adelaide to win the general classification in 18hr 28min 32sec, finishing 17 … [Read more...]

Simon Gerrans Wins On Australia Day, Slagter Takes Lead

by Andrew Dent ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 26, 2013 (AFP) - Local hero Simon Gerrans celebrated Australia's national day in style with a thrilling win in the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under on Saturday. Gerrans flashed home to edge out Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter, who seized the overall lead from Welshman Geraint Thomas with another superb ride. Gerrans, the 2012 champion … [Read more...]

Andre Greipel Avoids Crashes To Win His Record 13th TDU Stage

by Andrew Dent ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 25, 2013 (AFP) - Germany's Andre Greipel avoided two late crashes to win the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under in the Barossa Valley town of Tanunda on Friday, breaking the record for the most stage wins in the race's history. Greipel charged home after another perfect lead-out from his Lotto Belisol team to win his 13th stage of the … [Read more...]