Tour de force Peter Sagan arrives in SA
28 December 2016
Hon Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
The biggest name in world cycling and a huge drawcard for the upcoming Santos Tour Down Under (TDU), Peter Sagan, has touched down in Adelaide.
The Slovakian UCI World Road Champion is set to train independently in Australia before his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates arrive in early January.
The 11-time Grand Tour stage winner claimed the 2016 Tour de France green sprinter’s jersey for the fifth consecutive year.
The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events. This is in addition to the $6 million invested specifically to make the Santos TDU bigger and better.
The 2017 Santos TDU will be held from 14 - 22 January, along with the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour from 14 - 17 January.
For further event information visit www.tourdownunder.com.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
The countdown is on until the Santos TDU kicks off the 2017 international cycling season and we are all looking forward to witnessing Peter Sagan’s first race wearing the Bora-Hansgrohe kit with the rainbow jersey.
Peter is an extremely popular personality and athlete and it is an honour to welcome him back to South Australia.
We are calling it ‘the power of Peter’. Bringing the UCI Champion to Adelaide is gaining enormous positive feedback from cycling fans, and the added star power is set to contribute greatly to the success of this year’s Santos TDU.
The 2016 event generated more than $49 million for the visitor economy as more than 790,000 spectators lined the streets of Adealide and the roads in our regions to watch the race. Next month, we hope to exceed those figures.
I encourage everyone to come to the Santos TDU. Watching international cyclists like Peter Sagan, Esteban Chaves, Richie Porte, Simon Gerrans and local star, Rohan Dennis, will be an exhilarating experience and something spectators will remember forever.
Quotes attributable to UCI World Champion Peter Sagan
I'm excited to race at the Santos TDU next year. This iconic Australian race brings the world's best riders on a course that features tough climbs and fast sprints and I'm convinced its 19th edition could be the best so far.
The Santos Tour Down Under holds a special place in my heart. I first took part in 2010 in what was my maiden WorldTour race and I still remember the excitement and anxiety on the start line of the first stage in Clare.
Returning, after seven years, to the race that set off my professional career is a great feeling and I look forward to riding on the roads of Adelaide and South Australia.
Quotes attributable to Race Director Mike Turtur
Peter Sagan’s first World Tour race was the Santos TDU back in 2010, so it is quite fitting to see him return as such an accomplished athlete some years later, wearing the rainbow jersery.
Six years ago we saw Sagan attack over the last climb on Willunga Hill finishing fifth, battling it out alongside Cadel Evans, Alejandro Valverde and Luis Leon Sanchez. The race and the fans are in store for something special next year when he tackles Willunga Hill.
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