SANTOS WOMEN’S TOUR DOWN UNDER SECURES UCI ELEVATION FOR 2020
The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under is pleased to announce that the 2020 race has been elevated to the newly formed UCI ProSeries.
Giving further international status to the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, the race has taken another leap in its progress. It is one of only five UCI ProSeries stage races in the world and the only race at that level held outside of Europe.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway said that the popularity of the Women’s race has grown exponentially since being introduced in 2016, and that the Santos Tour Down Under had a clear strategy to manage and elevate its status in the international cycling community.
“It is a clear indication of the excellent management and development of the women’s race and the standards to which the Women’s Santos Tour Down Under is delivered, to now be rewarded and recognised as part of the UCI ProSeries.”
Kimberley Conte, Santos Women’s Tour Down Under Race Director, is pleased that the investment in the delivery of the race has been recognized by the UCI with a status elevation, particularly in an Olympic year.
“The elevation to the new UCI ProSeries confirms our commitment to professional women’s cycling. We expect the race will continue to draw teams from around the world as the first race on the UCI calendar.”
South Australia has taken a leadership position in women’s sport and in particular in cycling. In 2018 the Santos Tour Down Under increased the prizemoney for the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under which saw equal prize money offered for both the male and female competitors.
The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will be held from 16-19 January 2020.
Santos Women’s Tour Down Under is one of five UC ProSeries stage races. The UCI ProSeries is one level behind UCI WorldTour status.
In 2016 was the first time the event was placed on the UCI Calendar as a 2.2 status. Now operating as the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, the race was upgraded to UCI 2.1 status for the 2018 event. The Tour provides a challenging opportunity for elite international women’s teams to commence their season in Adelaide.