And so it would be: Australia has a second WorldTour race. Once again the Santos Tour Down Under will kick off the UCI’s showcase road cycling series (for men). It all begins with a stage race in Adelaide, just like it has been for a few years.
One week after the TDU comes the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in and around Geelong; for the third edition, it’s part of the WorldTour.
Congratulations to all concerned.
Events South Australia, take a bow – you’ve set the standard in organisation for many years and it’s great that the first event of the WorldTour is back where it has been since 2008 (when that series was actually called the ‘ProTour’).
The Victorian government should also be lauded for its investment in cycling. At the beginning of 2015 it took a chance and backed the inaugural edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (aka – for brevity’s sake: CEGORR). Immediately it was a hit.
Visitors have flocked to South Australia and Victoria because of cycling and they’ll continue to do so in 2017.
A stage race first, a one-day race next. And there’s much to see and do before, during and after these events. These may be elite competitions but they attract a vast audience for good reason, it’s part of a true festival of cycling in the Australian summer.
Be sure to visit the official sites of both the Santos Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and look at the various elements of the respective carnivals in South Australia and Victoria. Book some flights and a hotel room. Take advantage of the great riding that can be had in and around the areas where the races are staged. Plan your cycling holiday.
The focus of the cycling world is Australia in January.
Let’s celebrate the fact that the WorldTour of 2017 begins in our backyard and support the states that are supporting cycling.
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Below you’ll find the full list of races that make up the 2017 WorldTour which was announced by the UCI without much fanfare on 2 August 2016.
There’s more to consider than the Australian rounds alone but for now, study the dates, consider your holiday(s) and relish the fact that the globalisation of cycling is continuing.
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|17-22 Jan||Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)|
|29-Jan||Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)||New on WT for 2017|
|6-10 Feb||Tour of Qatar (Qatar)||New on WT for 2017|
|23-26 Feb||Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)||New on WT for 2017|
|25-Feb||Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)||New on WT for 2017|
|4-Mar||Strade Bianche (Italy)||New on WT for 2017|
|5-12 Mar||Paris-Nice (France)|
|8-14 Mar||Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)|
|18-Mar||Milano-San Remo (Italy)|
|20-26 Mar||Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)|
|22-Mar||Dwars Door Vlaanderen (Belgium)||New on WT for 2017|
|24-Mar||Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)|
|26-Mar||Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)|
|2-Apr||Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium)|
|3-8 Apr||Vuelta al País Vasco (Spain)|
|16-Apr||Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)|
|18-23 Apr||Presidential Tour of Turkey (Turkey)||New on WT for 2017|
|19-Apr||La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)|
|25-30 Apr||Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)|
|1-May||Rund um den Finanzplatz (Germany)||New on WT for 2017|
|6-28 May||Giro d’Italia (Italy)|
|14-21 May||Amgen Tour of California (USA)||New on WT for 2017|
|4-11 Jun||Critérium du Dauphiné (France)|
|10-18 Jun||Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)|
|1-23 Jul||Tour de France (France)|
|29-Jul||Clásica San Sebastian (Spain)|
|29 Jul-4 Aug||Tour de Pologne (Poland)|
|30-Jul||Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (GBR)||New on WT for 2017|
|7-13 Aug||Eneco Tour (Benelux)|
|19 Aug-10 Sep||Vuelta a España (Spain)|
|20-Aug||Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)|
|27-Aug||Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)|
|8-Sep||GP Cycliste de Québec (Canada)|
|10-Sep||GP Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)|
|30-Sep||Il Lombardia (Italy)|