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Tour Down Under back to Victor Harbor in 2017

Victor Harbor will again be in the global spotlight after securing a stage finish in the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under.

The race routes for next year’s event were announced in Adelaide this morning, with the City of Victor Harbor named as the host of the Stage 3 finish on Thursday, 19 January 2017.

City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp said the Council is delighted to again be a part of the internationally acclaimed cycling event.

“The Santos Tour Down Under is such an asset to our State, and the City of Victor Harbor is excited about being involved in the event in 2017,” said Mayor Philp.

“The Tour presents our Council area, and more broadly the region, with significant tourism and economic benefits. Not only are images of our beautiful landscape beamed around the world, but our town becomes a hive of activity with cycling enthusiasts and visitors injecting dollars into our local economy.”

Mike Turtur, Race Director, Santos Tour Down Under said that Victor Harbor is a popular location for a stage finish with the seaside town attracting families on holiday who come out and support the race.

“We have implemented a massive change for the Stage 3 finish in Victor Harbor next year with a 13km finishing circuit with four laps along The Esplanade,” said Mike Turtur.

“As Australia’s premier cycling race, our focus continues to grow and deliver a world class cycling event.”

Council’s Festivals and Events Officer, Stacey Richardson said the change to the race route within Victor Harbor is a real win for the town.

“The finishing circuit means that people will be able to come to Victor Harbor, set up along the track for the afternoon and have the opportunity to see the professional cyclists not once but up to four times,” said Ms Richardson.

“It also provides more opportunities for our local businesses and community groups to get involved and host race day events to add to the events great atmosphere.”

The 2017 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from Saturday 14 January until Sunday 22 January. Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for all the details.

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