Slagter Wins TDU Third Stage, But Thomas Still Leads

by Andrew Dent ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 24, 2013 (AFP) - Dutch rider Tom Jelte Slagter won the third stage of the Tour Down Under with a powerful uphill sprint while Britain's Geraint Thomas retained his position as overall leader on Thursday. Slagter, from Team Blanco, moved to within five seconds of Thomas in the general classification after he led home Australian Matthew Goss … [Read more...]

Geraint Thomas Takes The Lead At Tour Down Under

by Andrew Dent ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 23, 2013 (AFP) - Britain's Geraint Thomas launched an audacious attack on Corkscrew Hill then outsprinted his rivals to record a brilliant win in the second stage of the Tour Down Under Wednesday. Thomas, who won gold in the team pursuit at the London Olympics, broke clear halfway up Corkscrew Hill five kilometres from the finish line and … [Read more...]

Devastating Sprint Gives Greipel TDU Stage 1 Win

Greipel Winds Stage 1 of the 2013 Tour Down Under

by Andrew Dent ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 22, 2013 (AFP) - Two-time champion Andre Greipel launched a devastating sprint with 300 metres to go to easily win the opening stage of the WorldTour season-opening Tour Down Under on Tuesday. Greipel powered home by a bike length from Frenchman Arnaud Demare and Mark Renshaw of Australia and claim a record-equalling 12th stage win at the … [Read more...]

Schleck Admits To Some Nerves In Tour Down Under Stage 1

Schleck and Voigt on Stage 1 of 2013 Tour Down Under

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 22, 2013 - Luxembourg's 2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck conceded that he was full of nerves during his comeback race at the Tour Down Under on Tuesday. Schleck finished a minute and 19 seconds behind winner Andre Greipel of Germany in the opening 135 kilometre (85 mile) stage from Prospect in Adelaide's north to the town of Lobethal, leaving him 105th … [Read more...]

Australian Officials Say Lance Armstrong Could Repay Fees

Lance Armstrong On Stage 3 of the 2011 Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Jan 15, 2013 (AFP) - The South Australian state government Tuesday said it would be "more than happy" for Lance Armstrong to repay his appearance money from the Tour Down Under, but it had no legal power to make him do so. Speaking after Armstrong reportedly admitted during an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey to using performance-enhancing drugs, South … [Read more...]

Andre Greipel Eyes Tour Down Under Hat-Trick

SYDNEY, Jan 3, 2013 (AFP) - German sprint star Andre Greipel will vie for a third Tour Down Under victory when he returns to Australia this month with the Lotto Belisol team, organisers said Thursday. Race director Mike Turtur said Lotto Belisol would be one of the strongest teams in the Tour, raced around Adelaide in South Australia. "Greipel is part of an elite group of three … [Read more...]

French Team Ag2r Back For Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Dec 8, 2012 - French cycling outfit Ag2r La Mondiale will return to Australia next month for the team's 15th start in the Tour Down Under, organizers said Thursday. Ag2r La Mondiale is the only team to have competed every year since the first event in 1999, race director Mike Turtur said. The French team has the most successful record in the Australian road race with … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team Reveals Roster For Santos Tour Down Under

The BMC Racing Team's roster for the first race of the 2013 season will include reigning world road champion Philippe Gilbert and past world road champion Alessandro Ballan, as well as Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler, who twice wore the Santos Tour Down Under leader's jersey during last year's race. Gilbert's Winter Preparation Going Well The event begins with the People's Choice … [Read more...]

Schleck Signs To Race Tour Down Under In 2013

SYDNEY, Nov 16, 2012 - Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck said Friday he will launch his 2013 season at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, competing in the race for the first time. Schleck, awarded the 2010 Tour de France yellow jersey after the disqualification of Spain's Alberto Contador for doping, said he was looking forward to the challenge after missing most of the European … [Read more...]

Australia’s Tour Down Under Making Changes

SYDNEY, July 2, 2012 - Australia's Tour Down Under cycling race will have an equal number of stages favoring sprinters and all-rounders for the first time next year, organizers said on Monday. The 2013 tour, to be held over six stages in and around Adelaide in South Australia, will also have a grass start to one stage and a King of the Mountain climb at Corkscrew Hill, they said. … [Read more...]