Tour Down Under proves its worth as the season opener

A nice little wrap up of the Tour Down Under, by yours truly.


by Kate Smart

Once a year Radelaide comes alive to the sights and sounds of wheel spokes, lycra and the grinding of cranks thanks to the Tour Down Under.

The UCI World Tour kicks off in what is arguably one of Australia’s prettiest cities and no one can complain about the quality of the racing or the huge crowd numbers that turned out to watch their cycling heroes.

If anyone needed evidence that cycling is quickly growing as a spectator sport in Australia, you need look no further than at images from last week.

They were ten deep in places, lining the road with as much passion and enthusiasm as you would see in any European race.


Even the Tour de France’s race director, Christian Prudhomme called it “the TdF of January”.

So, what brought the crowds out?

Undoubtedly, Australia’s only winner of the TdF, Cadel Evans was a huge…

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