Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
Cycling superstar Peter Sagan has confirmed he will race in the Santos Tour Down Under with his new team, Bora-Hansgrohe.
The UCI World Champion was outstanding in the 2016 Tour de France taking three individual stage wins and the green sprinter’s jersey overall.
With 11 Grand Tour stage wins to his name, Peter Sagan is considered one of cycling's greatest talents.
The 2017 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from 14 - 22 January.
The 2017 Santos Women’s Tour will be held from 14 - 17 January, and race routes will be announced over the coming months.
For further event information visit www.tourdownunder.com.au
Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell
It is a huge win for South Australia to have secured Peter Sagan for the Santos Tour Down Under. He is a champion of the sport and a great character on and off the bike.
The Slovakian’s first ProTour race was the Santos Tour Down Under back in 2010, so it is quite fitting and sentimental to see him return as such an accomplished athlete at the pinnacle of his career.
The TDU will kick off the 2017 international season and will be Sagan’s first race wearing the Bora-Hansgrohe colors.
The Legends’ Night Dinner – on Saturday 21 January, 2017 - will also be incredible with Peter honoured for his highly decorated career in front of his passionate legion of cycling fans.
The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australian nationally and internationally and attract major events. This is in addition to the $6 million we invested specifically to make the TDU bigger and better.
The 2015 event generated more than $49 million for the visitor economy and more than 790,000 spectators lined the streets to watch the race.
Quotes attributable to UCI World Champion Peter Sagan
I'm excited to announce I will race at the Santos Tour Down Under 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
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 the climb for the second time. He has had an outstanding season to date, not just with his Tour de France campaign but with victory at the one day classics, Tour of Flanders and the Gent-Wevelgem.