The names are in, the riders have arrived, the scene is set: racing in South Australia’s ‘Festival of Cycling’ begins on the weekend. Here is the full list of starters for the 20th edition of the Santos Tour Down Under.

The 20th edition of the Santos Tour Down Under is just around the corner. It began as a concept to try and lure people to South Australia and the race has certainly achieved that objective. It is a tourism initiative and it works. Year on year, more and more cycling fans arrive to watch some of the world’s best riders get the international racing season underway.

It’s the first round of the 2018 WorldTour and it begins next Tuesday.

Okay, yes… there is a race on Sunday featuring all the riders from the Santos Tour Down Under, it’s the People’s Choice Classic – a 50.6km criterium on the streets of Adelaide. But the TDU proper begins on 18 January.

It’s a star-studded cast of riders, including the defending champion, Tasmania’s Richie Porte, and the three-time world champion, Peter Sagan from Slovakia.

The list of competitors for the 20th Tour Down Under has been building steadily but it was finalised yesterday with the announcement of the seven riders for the Australian composite squad sponsored by UniSA.

 

Below is the full list of starters for 2018.

 

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Richie Porte (above) is back to defend his title with an impressive BMC Racing roster that includes three former champions of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Photo: Graham Watson

BMC Racing (USA)
1Richie Porte(AUS)BMC
2Tom Bohli(SUI)BMC
3Simon Gerrans(AUS)BMC
4Danilo Wyss(SUI)BMC
5Miles Scotson(AUS)BMC
6Patrick Bevin(NZL)BMC
7Rohan Dennis(AUS)BMC
 
Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)
11Peter Sagan(SVK)BOH
12Daniel Oss(ITA)BOH
13Sam Bennett(IRL)BOH
14Maciej Bodnar(POL)BOH
15Peter Kennaugh(GBR)BOH
16Rudiger Selig(GER)BOH
17Jay McCarthy(AUS)BOH
 
Mitchelton-Scott (AUS)
21Caleb Ewan(AUS)MTS
22Daryl Impey(RSA)MTS
23Alex Edmondson(AUS)MTS
24Mathew Hayman(AUS)MTS
25Jack Bauer(NZL)MTS
26Damien Howson(AUS)MTS
27Cameron Meyer(AUS)MTS
 
Lotto-Soudal (BEL)
31André Greipel(GER)LTS
32Adam Hansen(AUS)LTS
33Thomas De Gendt(BEL)LTS
34Lars Bak Ytting(DEN)LTS
35Marcel Sieberg(GER)LTS
36Bjorg Lambrecht(BEL)LTS
37Jens Debusschere(BEL)LTS
 
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
41Rui Costa(POR)UAD
42Diego Ulissi(ITA)UAD
43Simone Consonni(ITA)UAD
44Manuele Mori(ITA)UAD
45Matteo Bono(ITA)UAD
46Marco Marcato(ITA)UAD
47Roberto Ferrari(ITA)UAD
 
Team Bahrain-Merida (BRN)
61Domenico Pozzovivo(ITA)BRN
62Ion Izagirre(ESP)BRN
63Gorka Izagirre(ESP)BRN
64Manuele Boaro(ITA)BRN
65Ramunas Navardauskas(LTH)BRN
66Yukiya Arashiro(JAP)BRN
67Valerio Agnoli(ITA)BRN
 
EF Education First-Drapac powered by Cannondale (USA)
71Simon Clarke(AUS)EFD
72Brendan Canty(AUS)EFD
73Thomas Scully(NZL)EFD
74Daniel Moreno(ESP)EFD
75Logan Owen(USA)EFD
76Will Clarke(AUS)EFD
77Mitchell Docker(AUS)EFD
 
Team Sunweb (GER)
81Nikias Arndt(GER)SUN
82Chad Haga(USA)SUN
83Phil Bauhaus(GER)SUN
84Mike Teunissen(NED)SUN
85Chris Hamilton(AUS)SUN
86Michael Storer(AUS)SUN
87Sam Oomen(NED)SUN
 
AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
91Ben Gastauer(LUX)ALM
92Mikael Cherel(FRA)ALM
93Matteo Montaguti(ITA)ALM
94Pierre Latour(FRA)ALM
95Nans Peters(FRA)ALM
96Stijn Vandenbergh(BEL)ALM
97Axel Domont(FRA)ALM
 
Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
101Luis Léon Sanchez Gil(ESP)AST
102Laurens De Vreese(BEL)AST
103Oscar Gatto(ITA)AST
104Michael Valgren(DNK)AST
105Artyom Zakharov(KAZ)AST
106Truls Korsæth(NOR)AST
107Riccardo Minali(ITA)AST
 
Team Katusha-Alpecin (SUI)
111Nathan Haas(AUS)TKA
112Jose Goncalves(POR)TKA
113Pavel Kochetkov(RUS)TKA
114Maurits Lammertink(NED)TKA
115Tiago Machado(POR)TKA
116Jhonatan Restrepo(COL)TKA
117Mads Schmidt(DEN)TKA
 
FDJ (FRA)
121Steve Morabito(SUI)FDJ
122Antoine Duchesne(CAN)FDJ
123Daniel Hoelgaard(NOR)FDJ
124Anthony Roux(FRA)FDJ
125Georg Preidler(AUT)FDJ
126Davide Cimolai(ITA)FDJ
127Matthieu Ladagnous(FRA)FDJ
 
Movistar (ESP)
131Carlos Barbero(ESP)MOV
132Nuno Matos(POR)MOV
133Marc Soler(COL)MOV
134Ruben Fernandez(ESP)MOV
135Jaime Castrillo(ESP)MOV
136Nelson Oliveira(POR)MOV
137Jasha Sutterlin(GER)MOV
 
Quickstep Floors (BEL)
141Elia Viviani(ITA)QST
142Eros Capecchi(ITA)QST
143Dries Devenyns(BEL)QST
144Fabio Sabatini(ITA)QST
145Michael Morkov(DEN)QST
146Florian Senechal(FRA)QST
147Enric Mas Nicolau(ESP)QST
 
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo (NED)
151Maarten Wynants(BEL)LTJ
152Robert Wagner(GER)LTJ
153Enrico Battaglin(ITA)LTJ
154Daan Olivier(NED)LTJ
155George Bennett(NZL)LTJ
156Thomas Leezer(NED)LTJ
157Robert Gesink(NED)LTJ
 
Team Sky (GBR)
161Salvatore Puccio(ITA)SKY
162Lukasz Wisniowski(POL)SKY
163Egan Bernal(COL)SKY
164Jonathan Dibben(GBR)SKY
165Owain Doull(GBR)SKY
166Kristoffer Halvorsen(NOR)SKY
167Christopher Lawless(GBR)SKY
 
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
171Laurent Didier(LUX)TFS
172Fumiyuki Beppu(JPN)TFS
173Koen De Kort(NED)TFS
174Niklas Eg(DEN)TFS
175Alex Frame(NZL)TFS
176Ruben Guerreiro(POR)TFS
177Mads Pedersen(DEN)TFS
 
 
Dimension Data (RSA)
Scott Davies (GBR)DDD
Nic Dlamini (RSA)DDD
Lachlan Morton (AUS)DDD
Ben O’Connor (AUS)DDD
Mark Renshaw (AUS)DDD
Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED)DDD
Jaco Venter (RSA)DDD
 
 
Team UniSA (AUS)
Alex Porter(AUS)UNI
Nathan Earle(AUS)UNI
Sam Welsford(AUS)UNI
Scott Bowden(AUS)UNI
Steele von Hoff(AUS)UNI
Timothy Roe(AUS)UNI
Zak Dempster(AUS)UNI

 

*Note: team announced but race numbers not yet allocated for UniSA or Dimension Data riders.

Photo: Graham Watson

RIDE Media will be back at the race again in 2018, celebrating 20 successive ‘starts’ at the Tour Down Under. I’ve seen every stage of the TDU over the first 19 years and look forward to seeing six more this year.

We’ll be bringing you coverage from the race, interviews with riders (and others associated with the race), product reviews and insights from the peloton. It’s an exciting time for cycling in Australia. If you’re going to be in South Australia, enjoy the festivities. If you’re watching from afar, enjoy the coverage on www.ridemedia.com.au; be sure to let me know what features you’d like to see and I’ll see what we can do.

 

– Rob