Jens helps pump up Bupa riders - part of TDU funding boost

21 January 2016

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

Santos Tour Down Under Ambassador Jens Voigt – renowned for his phrase “shut up legs, please shut up and do what I tell you” – will tonight help motivate riders taking part in the Bupa Challenge Tour tomorrow.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said Ambassadors – Jens along with Anna Meares - were announced after last year’s race and the ongoing roles form part of the State Government’s $6 million boost for the Santos TDU in this year’s State Budget.

“Jens is a true legend of the sport and I can think of no better way to get inspired than a motivating speech from him tonight,” Mr Bignell said.

Jens said leading the Bupa Challenge Tour team gave him the chance to share some of the best cycling experiences of his career.

The Santos Tour Down Under will also today celebrate our sun and beach culture with Thomas Foods Stage 3 starting at Glenelg.

The 139km stage will travel through three regions – Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills – and take in one of the most famous hill climbs in Adelaide.

“South Australia’s coastline is recognised as one of the best in the world,” he said.

“Visitors are always amazed by our city and beaches, and cyclists love the sea breeze so this stage is sure to start with a bang.The route from there is wide-ranging and will offer highlights at the King of the Mountain climb at Corkscrew Road, Montacute and sprints at McLaren Flat and Oakbank.

“We have seen cycling champions Cadel Evans and Geraint Thomas tackle Corkscrew in the past triumphantly to take the stage win.

“After circling around the Fleurieu Peninsula’s spectacular vineyards, competitors will head for the Adelaide Hills passing through Stirling, Mylor, Hahndorf, Balhannah, Oakbank, Charleston and Lobethal.

“The finish line at Campbelltown is sure to bring a festive atmosphere with the free community event, Gear Up @ Campbelltown, including a DJ, a waterslide, a special bike course and plenty of local food and wine options.

“In the evening, Norwood will celebrate in anticipation of Bupa Stage 4 tomorrow with a street party for young and old.”

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS
Staging Connections Stage 2 Winner:
Jay McCarthy, Tinkoff
Santos Ochre Leader’s Jersey: Jay McCarthy, Tinkoff
Crowd Figures:110,000

TODAY’S RACING ACTION
Thomas Foods Stage 3
Route: Glenelg to Campbelltown
Start: 11 am
Finish: 2.44 pm ETA
Distance: 139 km

HIGHLIGHTS
Subaru King of the Mountain: Corkscrew Road, Montacute (near Montacute Road)
iiNet Sprint #1: Main Road, McLaren Flat
iiNet Sprint #2: Onkaparinga Valley Road, Oakbank (near hotel)
Powerade Hydration Station: River Road, Mylor

TODAY’S SANTOS FESTIVAL OF CYCLING ACTIVITY
Sample South Australia’s renowned food and wine, attend street parties and get to know the locals at one of the many community activities.

Adelaide City Council Tour Village
Victoria Square, Adelaide
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free Entry!

Gear Up @ Campbelltown
Foxfield Oval, Maryvale Road Athelstone
12.00 pm - 4:00 pm
Campbelltown City Council is offering a free community event - Gear Up @ Campbelltown. Enjoy free family entertainment with DJ Bottle Rockets spinning the tunes along with roving entertainers. Bring your bathers for the water slide and your bike to go on the special bike course with local food vendors and much more on hand there will be plenty to do while waiting for the riders to finish.

Norwood on Tour
The Parade, Norwood
5.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Bring your friends and family and be a part of the electrifying atmosphere the Parade has to offer. Enjoy delicious food, wine, music and children’s entertainment at the Norwood on Tour Street Party, before watching your cycling heroes race it out on the streets of Norwood the next morning.

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