The Tour Down Under it’s already running. The prologue has marked the beginning of one of the most prestigious laps on the cycling calendar. Almost 140 corridors, spread over twenty teams, including Movistar, meet with the sole objective of winning one of the most important events of the year.
After several years without going to Australiaheadquarters of the championship, due to the pandemic of the COVID-19this event promises to be one of the most interesting in recent times. bilbao hair faces will be seen with rivals of the entity by Geraint Thomas or Chris Froomewho will seek to spoil the party. According to Pro Cycling Statsthese are the profiles of the stages of the Tour Down Under 2023.
Stages, profiles and route of the Tour Down Under 2023
Prologue, Tuesday 17 January: Adelaide – Adelaide (5.5km)
The starting gun for a new edition of the Tour Down Under has occurred in the town of adelaideone of the most important Australia. In this scenario, the more than 130 cyclists who are part of the competition, one of those that open the season, have been put to the test on a smooth course of just 5.5 kilometres. Without many time differences, the first leader of the race was given.
Stage 1, Wednesday January 18: Tanuda – Tanuda (149.9 km)
After the prologue dispute, comes the real challenge in the Tour Down Under. This stage will consist of a distance of 149, 9 kilometres. Cyclists will have to climb several ports, among which stands out the menglers hill. This mountain, which has a slope of 3.7% and has an approximate stretch of four and a half kilometers, it will have to be climbed up to three times by the runners. The flat finish will test the legs of the participants.
Stage 2, Thursday 19 January: Brighton – Victor Harbor (154.8km)
This will be one of the most important points of the competition. At this stage, in which the 150 kilometers, there are several challenges that will test the resistance of the runners. Again, the finish will be flat, so there will be a great opportunity for the sprinters to show their potential in the final part of the race. However, to get to that moment, you have to overcome three climbs that can be lethal.
heatherdale hill will be the first of them. Of one kilometer, the average unevenness in this ascent will be of 8.7%, so care should be taken. Parawa Hill is the second, with a 6.9%, but its duration will be longer, since its distance to cover is three kilometers. By last, Nettlehillwhich has a slope of 7.8% on average, and a distance of two kilometres, it will be the last challenge of the stage for the 139 participants of the Tour Down Under.
Stage 3, Friday 20 January: Norwood – Campbelltown (116.8km)
With a smaller distance than in the previous ‘stages’, the third stage of the Tour Down Under It can be one of the most demanding of the entire competition. Despite the fact that the beginning is flat, immediately there is an ascent that will be maintained for a long time during the course of the test. Special attention must be paid to what is known as Ashton Hill. With a duration of almost 10 kilometres, and an average unevenness of the 4.1%, this promises to be one of the toughest peaks of this stage.
In this phase of the competition, just under ten kilometers to reach the finish line, located in campbelltowncyclists will have to face the demanding Corkscrew. This ascent has an average slope of nine percent, and a distance of 2.4 kilometersso they will have to be careful not to make mistakes that could cost them the Tour Down Under.
Stage 4, Saturday January 21: Port Willunga – Willunga (133.2 km)
In this case, you will not leave the town of Willunga. It starts from the port of this municipality, turning several times to be able to complete the agreed distance of 133.2 kilometers. Here, the runners will have to face various challenges that will put their perseverance to the test. There will hardly be any climbs, so, in that sense, the stage will be less demanding than the previous ones, but forgetfulness and setbacks can be very expensive in this phase of the test.
Stage 5, Sunday 22 January: Unley – Mount Lofty (112.5km)
Here comes the end of the competition. The last acid test so that, in the event that it is not determined, the general classification is closed. It does not have as long a distance as in the case of the previous stages, but the climbs and, therefore, the demand, must be taken into account. In particular, the Mount Loftywhich has a mean unevenness of 6.8%, and a distance of a kilometer and a half, and that will test the sacrifice of the runners, who will fight for victory.