In a coup for the Southern Barossa, the Barossa Council has secured hosting rights for the 2018 Stage 1 finish of the Santos Tour Down Under in Lyndoch.
In its 20th year, Stage 1 will begin in Port Adelaide on Tuesday, 16 January and enter the southern Barossa via Williamstown.
Race Director Mike Turtur said Stage 1 promised to deliver another spectacular day of racing.
“The finish in Lyndoch reinforces the major role the Barossa has played throughout the history of the race,” Turtur said.
“The region is one of the features of the race as an iconic South Australian location that showcases the destination.”
Turtur praised the work of the local community to elevate the profile of the event.
“The local organising committee are passionate and do a lot of work to welcome the cyclists and the fans to the region,” he said.
“The finish in Lyndoch in 2018 will be third time lucky in regards to the weather, as the last two years have seen excessive heat.”
Mayor Bob Sloane said he was thrilled Lyndoch would have the opportunity to once again defend the mantle of “Santos Best Dressed Town”.
“The Southern Barossa community did a terrific job of hosting both the women’s and men’s event this year, and we know they will raise the bar for the 2018 event,” Mayor Sloane said.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the Barossa once again to a worldwide audience, cementing the Barossa’s reputation for food, wine and world-class cycling.”
The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from Saturday 13 January until Sunday 21 January. Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for all the details.