Santos Tour Down Under secured in UCI WorldTour

23 September 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

The Santos Tour Down Under’s place as a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour event has been assured, Tourism Minister Leon Bignell confirmed today.

The State Government received the news UCI President Brian Cookson who, along with the UCI Management Committee, had approved the TDU’s place as part of the global reform during this week’s UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, in the United States.

“The Santos Tour Down Under is a fully-fledged sporting and tourism success story and today’s announcement gives us certainty it will continue to be a UCI WorldTour event. The decision also means the TDU will remain at the start of the WorldTour calendar in January.”

Vice President of the UCI and head of the Oceanian Cycling Confederation, Tracey Gaudry said a global perspective was at the heart of the lengthy consultation process, resulting in the agreed key principles for the reform of men’s professional road cycling.

“The confirmation of the Santos Tour Down Under as the season opener in the Men's WorldTour confirms the event’s rightful place at the pinnacle of world cycling," she said.

Mr Bignell said there had been much discussion about the future of our great race during the UCI’s two year review.

“I have worked closely with Tracey Gaudry and Brian Cookson to ensure this brilliant result for the state and I thank them very much for continuing to support South Australia.

“The State Government works hard each year to grow the event and the festival we have created around the race to ensure it remains appealing and attracts more spectators.”

Mr Bignell said the TDU was a huge success story for South Australia.

“This year’s event contributed almost $50 million to the state’s visitor economy with a record crowd of 786,000 – with 37,000 people travelling from interstate and overseas. The event created more than 600 full time equivalent jobs,” he said.

“In the 2015/16 State Budget, the Government committed a further $6 million over four years to ensure the TDU continues to be the pre-eminent cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere.”

The Santos Tour Down Under will be held 16 – 24 January 2016.

Santos Tour Down Under 2015:

  • Record crowd of 786,000
  • 37,000 people travelled from interstate and overseas to attend
  • The event generated 600 full time equivalent jobs
  • The Tour generated 25,360 media items
  • Media coverage was worth $194 million (up $27 million from last year)

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