Former winner Richie Porte will be racing his first kilometers in the Trek-Segafredo jersey at the Santos Tour Down Under.
Porte has won the glorious Willunga Hill stage 5 years in a row and is aiming to make that 6.
One change this year’s event is that the Willunga Hill Stage is no longer the penultimate stage but has been moved to the very last day of the Santos Tour Down Under, making the battle for GC last until the final kilometers of the race.
William Clarke (AUS), Koen de Kort (NED), Ryan Mullen (IRL), Jarlinson Pantano (COL), Kiel Reijnen (USA) and Peter Stetina (USA) will all help Porte in his ambitions to ride a strong GC and continue his success on Willunga Hill.
“The Tour Down Under is always a goal for me in the start of the season and it’s a joy to race in Adelaide every January”, said Porte.
“Obviously, riding my first race with Trek-Segafredo in Australia, I will be extra motivated to start with a good showing on GC and hope to continue the Willunga success. There is to be a very strong bunch of GC favorites racing who want to win the race so I know I’ll need to be on top of my game and I will be!”