Gearing up for the TDU
Only 2 weeks to go to the start of the Tour Down Under in Australia. The Tour Down Under was the first race outside of Europe to be given UCI Pro Tour status. Elite international athletes race around South Australia over seven days, all vying to wear the Ochre Leaders Jersey. Many eyes will be upon Lance Armstrong in his first road race appearance since announcing his come-back!
Tuesday 20 January 2009 Stage 1 Norwood to Mawson Lakes Start-time – 11am Wednesday 21 January 2009 Stage 2 Hahndorf to Stirling Start-time – 11am
Thursday 22 January 2009 Stage 3 Unley to Victor Harbor Start-time – 11am
Friday 23 January 2009 Stage 4 Burnside Village to Angaston Start-time – 11am Saturday 24 January 2009 Stage 5 Snapper Point to Willunga Start-time -11am Sunday 25 January 2009 Stage 6 Adelaide City Counsel Ct Start-time -1.45pm
As posted before, Versus will air highlights on the respective stage days.
Ochre Leader’s Jersey THE rider with the fastest cumulative time at the end of each stage and to the race’s overall winner. This prestigious jersey is ochre, a colour strongly associated with Australia and unique to the TDU.
SA Lotteries Sprint Jersey
THE rider who leads the sprint points tally after each stage. Points are awarded to the first three riders across the line at designated sprints along the route.
Skoda King of the Mountain Jersey
AWARDED at the end of each stage to the rider who leads the mountain points tally. Points are awarded to the first fivee riders over the summit of designated climbs during the race.
TOUR DOWN UNDER TEAMS:
Team Columbia (USA); Astana (Luxembourg); Ag2r La Mondiale (France); Silence – Lotto (Belgium); Saxo Bank (Denmark); Cofidis (France); Caisse d’Epargne (Spain); Euskaltel – Euskadi (Spain); Lampre N.G.C. (Italy); Liquigas (Italy); Fuji – Servetto (Spain); Team Katusha (Russia); BBox Bouygues Telecom (France); Francaise Des Jeux (France); Quick Step (Belgium); Milram (Germany); Rabobank (Netherlands); Garmin – Slipstream (USA) and UniSA – Australia (Australia).