Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
André Greipel, one of the most accomplished sprinters of modern cycling, will take to the start line at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under (TDU).
Greipel last appeared at the race in 2014 with fans eagerly awaiting the return of the German sprint sensation, riding for the Belgian Lotto-Soudal team.
A two time champion of the TDU in both 2008 and 2010 Greipel is the most successful stage winner at the race, holding the record with 16 stage wins.
Greipel now has 22 Grand Tour stage victories under his belt (11 at the Tour de France, 7 at the Giro d’Italia and 4 at the Vuelta a Espana), cementing his position as one of the great cyclists of the era.
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 invested specifically to make the TDU bigger and better.
The 2017 TDU generated more than $56.5 million for the visitor economy as more than 840,000 spectators turned out in force to catch a glimpse at cycling superstars. Next year, the crowds are expected to be even bigger.
The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will run from 13 to 21 January 2018. For further event information visit tourdownunder.com.au
Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell
It’s great to have André Greipel returning to South Australia, 10 years after he first took out a Tour Down Under title.
As a two time overall TDU winner and record holder for most stage wins, André Greipel has a special relationship with the race and the fans.
The 2008 TDU was André’s first major win as well as a historic moment in the race’s history, as he took out the overall classification by just seven seconds.
It was this race that set the scene for the many victories that would come after, with André now considered one of the greatest cyclists of his generation.
I can’t wait to see this German super star take to the TDU start line next year and go head to head with sprint rival and UCI World Road Champion Peter Sagan.
Having big name cyclists like André Greipel on board will be a huge drawcard for cycling fans and help the TDU reach the one million spectator mark, in honour of the 20th anniversary of the event.
Quotes attributable to André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal
I have a special relationship with the Santos Tour Down Under, both on and off the bike. It’s a pleasure for me to go back as it was always good to start a hopefully successful season.
With the TDU celebrating 20 years in 2018, it is a really established and professional organized race with riders of high quality taking part. I have seen the race develop over the years to a high standard WorldTour event, an example for race organisers globally.
The first wins and points to earn, for my team and I would be nice and of course I’m looking forward to the fantastic atmosphere.
Quotes attributable to TDU Race Director Mike Turtur
I can still remember André’s overall win in 2008, taking the general classification by just seconds on Aussie Allan Davis – it was the start of an amazing season for André.
After the 2008 TDU victory at the start of his season, Greipel went on to his first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d’Italia. The TDU has always provide him with a strong start to his season.
There’s no question André Greipel and his team always mean business when they come to race here.
The explosive power of these cyclists is a force to be reckoned with, and we know how much fans enjoy watching Greipel storm home for a sprint finish, so we hope he can add to his TDU stage win record next January.