Tour Down Under 2008 Live Dashboard

Route Map, Stage Details, Teams, TV Schedule,
Live Updates, Results, Photos and Video

With no time-trial or mountain stage, the Tour Down Under is definitely a sprinter's stage race... and the Aussies have the strong men to be in the mix every day. This is a photo from 2007 of now-retired Aussie Matt White driving the peloton to the line for Team UniSA, an ad hoc mix of borrowed Aussie riders invited each year who otherwise missed out in the team selection process. Thanks to Matthew McLarty (aka a shot in the dark) for his fine photo and usage permission.
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P Sunday, January 20th 50 km 
map/profile | timetable | live | results | photos | video
1 Tuesday, January 22nd 129 km 
Mawson LakesAngaston
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2 Wednesday, January 23rd 148 km 
map/profile | timetable | live | results | photos | video
3 Thursday, January 24th 139 km 
UnleyVictor Harbor
map/profile | timetable | live | results | photos | video
4 Friday, January 25th 134 km 
map/profile | timetable | live | results | photos | video
5 Saturday, January 26th 147 km 
map/profile | timetable | live | results | photos | video
6 Sunday, January 27th 88 km 
Adelaide16 Lap Circuit  
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  Total Distance 835 km 

copyright (c) 2008

Daily video interviews
and stage recaps at SBS

Daily reports, photos and videos at AdelaideNow

Tour Video Travelogue and Recap:
Classic Down Under ()
Stage 1/Stage 2 Preview ()
Stage 2/Stage 3 Preview ()
Stage 3/Stage 4 Preview ()
Stage 4/Stage 5 Preview ()
Stage 5/Stage 6 Preview ()
Stage 6 ()

Stage 6: 'Gorilla' Greipel zips up the final Ochre Jersey in style by winning for the 4th time this week

January 27 update:
'Gorilla' Greipel gets the stage - and the overall (results) — Cyclingnews
Greipel takes the TourAdelaideNow
Stage Preview ( 2:41 min), Start and Intermediate Sprints ( 1:44 min) and Phil and Paul's Race Recap including the Sprint Finish ( 3:00 min)
General Classification Podium
1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                     18.46.03
2 Allan Davis (Aus) UniSA -  Australia                        .15
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne               .48

Stage 6: Preview

January 26 update:
Allan Davis can still do it, says Cadel EvansAdelaideNow
Evans close to signing; Davis prepares for one last crack at the overall; Hayman understanding as Rigotto weepsCyclingnews

Stage 5: Greipel does it again thwarting Allan Davis on Australia's National Day; Renshaw loses the Ochre Jersey to Griepel after losing touch of the lead group on Willunga Hill

January 26 update:
Stage Preview ( 3:00 min)
Phil and Paul's Stage 5 Recap ( 7:00 mins) Note: player window loads slowly
Stage 5 interviews at SBS
General classification after stage 5
1  Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                  16.55.18
2  Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                     0.07
3  Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne           0.20
4  Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                 0.24
5  Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone              
6  Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott    0.26
7  Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas                                    
8  Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne            0.28
9  Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                              
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux               0.29

Stage 4: Greipel wins again; Renshaw still in Ochre; Matt Hayman goes down in a dirty finish line crash

January 25 update:
Stage Preview ( 2:33 min),
Start/Mid-Race Recap ( 1:43 min)
Phil and Paul's Crash and Sprint Finish Call/Recap ( 3:00 min)

More video... at SBS

Commissaire attacks 'vicious' headbuttbikeradar
Rigotto's moment of madnessAdelaideNow

Stage 3: Allan Davis wins one for the home side (UniSA - Australia) after another field sprint; Mark Renshaw reclaims the Ochre Jersey

January 24 update:
Stage Preview ( 1:59 mins), Start and Mid-Race Recap ( 1:35 mins) and Phil and Paul's Sprint Finish Call/Recap ( 3:43 mins)
Allan Davis interview prior to stage 2 (yesterday) ( 3:18 mins) — he is the only rider to have competed in all ten Tour Down Under events.

Stage 2: Down Under Classic winner, Andre Greipel (Team High Road), outlasts the others to win the field sprint

January 23 update: See the stage summary table (right) for results, photos and recap video (1:19 min)
Pre-race, race and post-race video at SBS
(Thanks to Kevin Ford of Cousins Tours and Travel for emailing me the link)

Stage 1: CA's Mark Renshaw jumps early and easily wins his first ProTour race

January 22 update: Stage Preview ( 1:51 min) and Sprint Finish Recap and Interviews ( 3:11 min)
Pre-race, race and post-race video at SBS
(Thanks to Kevin Ford of Cousins Tours and Travel for emailing me the link)

Preview: 10th Annual Tour Down Under is now a ProTour Event

Tour Down Under 2008 - Phil Liggett Interview
January 21 update: This dashboard page provides the links you need for the 10th annual Tour Down Under, the biggest bike race in Australia and the first stage race on the UCI race calendar for 2008. After a tumultuous year of racing, this event is happy to take the spot of the Grand Tours on the diminished UCI ProTour. The event starts with a criterium that doesn't count for GC followed by five road stages before ending with a circuit race. Since there is no time-trial or mountain stages, the Tour Down Under is popular among the sprinters such as Australia's own, Robbie McEwen, Graeme Brown, Allan Davis and Stuart O'Grady. For more info check out, ProTour is go!, the race preview by Cyclingnews. — Steve

The official Tour Down Under site
Background/History of the Tour Down Under
  Tour Down Under Race PreviewSBS
"I tell you what; nobody in a ProTour team is a mug of a bike rider" — Robbie McEwen dismissed suggestions that not having some of the biggest ProTour names makes the Tour Down Under a less exciting race.

Tour Down Under 2008 Route Map