The 2010 Santos Tour Down Under kicks off in Adelaide on Sunday the 17th of January and bikeExchange.com.au is proud to announce its corporate sponsorship of the race. As an Australian owned and run company it is an honor to be supporting such a great Australian event. This year’s race looks set to be the biggest and best yet with a strong field assembled.
Last year the eyes of the world were on the Tour Down Under as seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong made his bold comeback. The spotlight will be back on the champ this year as he makes his debut for new team RadioShack. As this event is the opening round of the UCI ProTour, it will also be RadioShack’s first outing on the world stage with experts tipping a strong showing.
Local hero Cadel Evans will be making his first appearance for BMC Racing Team. As the first ever Australian Road World Champion, Evans will be competing in the famous Rainbow Jersey. This event has been a happy hunting ground in the past with Evans twice being crowned Skoda King of the Mountain. Perhaps this will be his year for the main prize.
Another Aussie, Robbie McEwen is on the comeback trail after being out of action for more than seven months with a nasty knee injury. McEwen is a three time Tour de France Green Jersey winner and has won twelve Santos Tour Down Under stages over the course of his career. The 37 year old will compete for Russian team Katusha.
Spanish outfit Caisse d'Epargne are bringing a strong contingent to Adelaide, led by Alejandro Valverde. The 2009 Vuelta a Espaa winner will spearhead the high class team with strong support from the 2005 Tour Down Under winner Luis Leon Sanchez Gil.
With all these massive international stars on show, the Santos Tour Down Under promises to get the 2010 season underway in style. Nearly three quarters of a million people turned out for last years event and organizers are hoping for even more this year with the races growing popularity and profile.
BikeExchange.com.au would like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes to all riders. With any luck the race will go right down to the wire and we will see an Aussie up there on the podium!