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by Shane Stokes
January 18, 2018
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ADELAIDE, Australia (CT) – Thursday’s stage 3 of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be shortened by 26km due to a forecast maximum temperature of 41ºC. Race director Mike Turtur confirmed on Wednesday evening that two of the stage’s three finishing circuits would be removed, after consulting with rider and commissaire representatives.
“The safety and welfare of the riders, spectators and everyone involved with the race is always our primary concern,” said Turtur. “We consulted with rider representative Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) and with our chief commissaire and both agreed it would be sensible to shorten the stage distance.”
The stage was set to be run over 146.5km from Glenelg to Victor Harbor but the changes mean the stage will be just 120.5km instead. The alteration comes a year after stage 1 of the 2017 Tour Down Under was shortened mid-race after riders complained to Hansen.
As Hansen told CyclingTips on Wednesday, that experience helped guide the course design for this year’s race. “Because of last year, Mike [Turtur, race director] has made the race adaptable,” Hansen said. “As you saw there’s many finishes where there’s loops for the final now so he can cut it short.
“He’s also used roads that are … [safe for] the fire brigade where they have access out [in case] of fire outbreaks and things like this. So he’s taking extra measures to enforce this and make sure this can happen.”
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