Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism
South Australia will be shown off more than ever before to international and interstate viewers watching today’s Santos Tour Down Under action - thanks to a split broadcast feed.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said in this year's State Budget $35 million was set aside to promote South Australia nationally and internationally – with $6 million specifically for the Santos Tour Down Under.
“For the first time ever, the broadcast is now split into a clean international feed and a separate local feed which means viewers have greater clarity and won’t miss a single part of our stunning regions,” Mr Bignell said.
“The domestic program will feature more content and segments to ensure viewers are up close and personal with the race and new data and statistics.
“There will also be travel pieces on Adelaide and South Australia’s regions which will be broadcast all over the world.
“Today viewers will be able to watch cyclists take on 132 kilometres of picturesque roads from Unley to Stirling for Staging Connections Stage 2. The route from the city to Adelaide Hills is always a crowd favourite and an important establishing stage for the 140 Tour competitors.
“Starting in Unley, Staging Connections Stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under always draws a big crowd.
“It is particularly popular among fans who have followed the People’s Choice Classic and Hostworks Stage 1 as the front runners start to be identified.
“This year the peloton will pass through the Adelaide Hills’ town of Stirling five times before the final sprint to the finish, which is perfect for spectators.
Managing Director of the Nine Network in South Australia Sean O’Brien said it was the network’s fifth year broadcasting the event.
“We know how brilliant the Santos Tour Down Under is,” he said.
“We bring viewers 29 hours of coverage across Nine and Gem, live streaming online and editorial across our news and social media platforms.
“Viewers will experience more engaging content during the broadcast and our state will be showcased to more of the country than ever before.”
Hostworks Stage 1
Winner: Caleb Ewan ORICA-GreenEDGE
Santos Best Dressed Town: Lyndoch
Santos Ochre Jersey Leader: Caleb Ewan ORICA-GreenEDGE
Santos Women’s Tour – Stage 4
Victoria Park Criterium
Winner: Kimberley Wells High 5 Dream Team
Overall Winner: Katrin Garfoot ORICA-AIS
TODAY’S RACING ACTION
Staging Connections Stage 2
Route: Unley to Stirling
Start: 11.00 am (King William Road, near Opey Avenue)
Finish: 2.56 pm ETA
Subaru King of the Mountain: Range View Road, Carey Gully
iiNet Sprints: Longwood Road, Heathfield, at school gate x 2 sprints
Powerade Hydration Station: Mt Barker Road, Stirling, at finish arch
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. Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for the full calendar of events.
Adelaide City Council Tour Village
Victoria Square, Adelaide
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ladies Day on Tour
Adelaide - Unley - Stirling - Adelaide
9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Grab some friends for a day out with a difference – Ladies Day on Tour. You’ll be amongst all the cycling action with a walk-through of the start line, viewing the start from a special reserved area and seeing the riders go past as you enjoy a sumptuous lunch. Throw in a few fashion secrets with a couple of glasses of South Australian wine and you’ve got yourself the ultimate Santos Tour Down Under experience.
Mt Barker Road, Stirling
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bustling with live music, street performers, and the race live on the big screen, along with local produce, busy street trade, and the famous Stirling Market, the village vibe will be carried through the township for another sensational stage finish in leafy Stirling. With five thrilling laps of pro-tour cyclists to take in, Stirling will ensure that your spin up to the hills is well worth the revolutions.
Return of the Tour. Glenelg Street Party
Jetty Road, Glenelg
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The best place to be in summer is by the beach and what better way to cool down after a day of racing than at the Return of the Tour Glenelg Street Party. Catch the tram to the bay with friends and family for an evening of beachside fun, food, fashion and live entertainment.
Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for more event details and the full Santos Festival of Cycling calendar.