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by Shane Stokes
November 23, 2017
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The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will be dropping a criterium and stepping up to three road stages in 2018, as the January race in South Australia strengthens the event as it continues on its path toward Women’s WorldTour level.
The four day women’s stage race, which will finish with a criterium, runs from January 11 to 14. This makes it the first international event on the 2018 calendar. It is expected to attract an even stronger field of international teams this year with the shift up of its UCI classification to just one notch below the top ranking.
“With the Women’s race now upgraded to a 2.1 classification, female riders from all over the world have even more reason to join us in January to improve their international ranking” said South Australia’s minister for tourism, Leon Bignell.
This will make it a bigger challenge for Australian-based team Orica-Scott to continue their dominance of the event. They have won every Santos Women’s Tour since it began in 2015, with Amanda Spratt taking victory in 2017.
For detailed stage descriptions and more information see the Santos Women’s Tour media release.