Tour Down Under News - 20 November 2008
Greipel Returns to Oz, Hincapie vs Armstrong, Australian National Team to ride,
Travel and Tour advisory, Volunteer. Bike Ride to Find Cure for Diabetes.
Team Columbia Juggernaut led by 'Andre the Giant'
top compete Down Under
Team Columbia’s Andre Greipel will return to the 2009 Tour Down Under to defend
his title, bringing with him an experienced team. Tour Down Under Race Director
Mike Turtur is thrilled that the reigning champion will hit the streets of
Adelaide in January to defend his crown. Greipel's most recent win was in
September at the Championships of Flanders one-day race - taking his 2008 win
total to a remarkable total of 14.
“In 2008 Andre Greipel had the best season of his career, all set on a solid
foundation of victory at the 2008 Tour Down Under,” said Turtur. Andre Greipel
went on to finish fifth overall in the UCI ProTour rider rankings this year.
“Team Columbia is sending a very strong line-up to compete at the 2009 Tour Down
Under,” said Turtur. “The inclusion of an experienced rider such as George
Hincapie, who is such a reliable and solid competitor, will really add to our
world-class cycling spectacle.”
Hincapie Vs. Armstrong
A thirteen-time Tour de France veteran, Hincapie was a former teammate of Lance
Armstrong and played an important role in all of Lance’s seven Tour de France
victories. “The Tour Down Under will be the first time that Hincapie and
Armstrong will compete against each other on opposing teams,” said Mike Turtur.
2002 Tour Down Under winner Michael Rogers
will make his return to the event for the first time since 2005.
Team Columbia Roster
The Team Columbia (formerly called Team Highroad) roster for the 2009 Tour Down
Under will be led by Team Manager, Alan Peiper (AUS) and include riders: Andre
Greipel (GER), George Hincapie (USA), Michael Rogers (AUS), Bernhard Eisel (AUT),
Mark Renshaw (AUS), Greg Henderson (NZ) and Adam Hansen (AUS).
The 2009 Tour Down Under will be staged in South Australia from 18–25 January
2009. More rider and team announcements will be issued over the coming weeks.
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UniSA (Australian Nationalo Team) to race Tour Down Under
Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith today (11/19/) announced that the UniSA –
Australian National Team will compete in the 2009 Tour Down Under.
“We are delighted that the UniSA team, which will include some of the best
Australian road cyclists, will again be competing at the Tour Down Under in
January,” Dr Lomax-Smith says. The UniSA team attracts a huge local following
and has raced in every Tour Down Under since 2001.”
UniSA- Australia was included in the 2008 Tour Down Under following a special
permission being granted by the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) ProTour
Council. In 2008 the Tour Down Under became the first event outside Europe to
join the prestigious UCI ProTour calendar. This guaranteed that the world’s
elite ProTour teams would compete at the event each year. Following requests
from the South Australian Government, the UCI governing body amended its rules
to allow the national team of a race organiser’s country to take part in UCI
"It is great news that the national team will again join the elite ProTour
teams to battle it out for the Tour Down Under's prestigious ochre jersey,” Dr
The University of South Australia has been a sponsor
of the Tour Down Under since 2001.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj says the inclusion of the Australian
national team is great news for the team, the University and all the local
spectators. “The Tour Down Under continues to be a great match for UniSA and we
are extremely proud to continue to be part of this world-class event,” Professor
Peter Høj says. “We are looking forward to continuing a long and rewarding
relationship with the Tour Down Under through our sponsorship of the Australian
Team UniSA Supporters’ Club Captain Patrick Jonker says that riders in the
UniSA national team have a fantastic opportunity to compete against the legend
of cycling, Lance Armstrong. “Being a team mate of Lance’s in 2000 for the US
Postal Service Pro Cycling team, I can say the riders chosen for the UniSA
national team will be looking forward to riding with an absolute professional,”
Mr Jonker says.
“It was a coup for the Tour Down Under organisers to secure Lance who will
make his comeback to professional cycling by competing in the 2009 Tour Down
Details of all teams and riders competing in the 2009 Tour Down Under will be
announced later this year.
The Tour Down Under will take place in South Australia from
18 – 25 January 2009, and is the first stop on
the world cycling calendar.
Touring the Tour Down Under - Travel Advisory
Book now to travel in style around the regional stages of the Tour Down Under.
Touring the Tour coaches will transport you, in air-conditioned comfort and with
race commentary, to great viewing points along the route.
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Cycling heroes of the future
Does your child have what it takes to be the next Stuart O'Grady? If so, the
Mutual Community mini tour for kids is for them. The ride, on Sunday 18 January,
gives kids aged 6 to 12 the chance to cycle a section of the Down Under Classic
Circuit in Adelaide.
First USA tour operator joins the Tour Down Under
For the first time, a US tour operator has been accredited to provide
holiday packages for American cycling fans to enjoy Australia's leading
cycling event. Trek Travel, an American tour operator that specialises in
cycling tours, joins the list of eight other tour operators to be accredited by
the Tour Down Under for 2009.
Get ready for the Mutual Community Challenge Tour
EFM Healthclubs are offering Mutual Community Challenge Tour participants some
free on-road training sessions leading up to January 2009.
Sessions run every second Sunday, from 21 September 2008. For more
information or to book your place, contact Lauren at EFM at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0402 219
Sign up now to be a Tour Down Under volunteer
Are you interested in volunteering at the 2009 Tour Down Under? A wide variety
of positions are available on the race.
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Bike Ride to Find Cure for Diabetes
Nearly 250 cyclists from all over Australia will converge on the Barossa Valley
from the 16th - 18th January 2009 to
participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride to Cure
Diabetes. Now in its 6th year, the Ride raises money for much needed research to
find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its associated complications.
The event is open to individuals and teams, and participants can choose their
distance - 35, 80 or 160 kilometres. To take part in the event, Riders must
achieve a minimum fundraising target for JDRF. In return, the Riders receive a
fantastic experience that few forget! The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes
charity ride has proudly been associated with the Tour Down Under for over five
Mike Wilson, CEO of JDRF said, "We're working to find a cure so children and
adults no longer have to endure multiple daily injections, blood glucose tests,
life threatening ‘hypos' and the fear of developing serious complications."
"I would like to encourage everyone to support these riders by making a
donation, or take up the challenge by registering for the Ride yourself!"
To register or for more information visit
www.jdrf.org.au/ride or call JDRF on 1300 363 126.
For more information, race routes and results visit the official website at
Cycling Superstars line up for Legends' Night
Phil Ligget Hosts Shane Kelly & Lance Armstrong
Share dinner with international cycling legend Lance Armstrong and Australia's
own Shane Kelly at the 2009 Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Tourism Minister Jane
Lomax-Smith today announced that Lance Armstrong will lead the line up of
cycling superstars to take to the stage at the event's Legends' Night Dinner at
the Adelaide Convention Centre on 24 January 2009.
"The Legends' Night Dinner is a great opportunity to get up close and
personal with some of the world's most famous cyclists," says Dr Lomax-Smith
says. "Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so people need to get in quickly
for this chance to dine with the stars of the cycling world."
One of the legends being celebrated is Lance Armstrong who will make his
return to competitive cycling at the Tour Down Under. "A cancer survivor and
champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong is the record-breaking seven-times winner of
the Tour de France, winning the race between 1999-2005, before retiring from the
sport in 2005. "No doubt cycling fans will take this unique opportunity to see
the greatest ever cyclist competing in Australia."
Australia's own Shane Kelly OAM, will also be honoured for his cycling
achievements. Shane Kelly, who lives in Adelaide, has been a competitive
cyclist since the age of five and recently competed in his fifth Olympic Games
in Beijing. He has twice won the Australian Cyclist of the Year Award (1992,
1996) and was Athlete of the Year in 1995, and is a four-time world champion.
Dr Lomax-Smith is expecting that the 3,000 tickets for the Legends' Night
Dinner will sell out quickly. "The Tour Down Under has become a prestigious and
truly international event since its inception in 1999 and I'm sure cycling fans
will be flocking to South Australia to watch the race and to also see these two
legends of the sport take to the stage at the Legend's Night Dinner." Tickets to
the Legends' Night Dinner cost $250 and can be purchased from the Tour Down
Under website -
Phil Liggett, legendary cycling commentator, says there is no better opportunity
in the Southern Hemisphere to attend such a stupendous chance to mingle and talk
with the top riders of cycling. "The Tour Down Under has raised the bar to
unprecedented heights and the Legends' Night Dinner is the one chance we all
have of relaxing and enjoying the company of the people who have made our sport
The Tour Down Under is Australia's premier cycling event, running between
January 18 and 25 and featuring new race routes across South Australia. Visitors
have a great opportunity to observe the race close up from vantage points along
the route, and to cycle a stage of the event by participating in the Mutual
Community Challenge Tour. For all the details visit
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