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Peter Sagan will start his 2019 season at the Tour Down Under

The Slovakian ace is the first big name to confirm his appearance at the traditional curtain-raiser for the UCI’s WorldTour

Sport360 staff 2018/08/20

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan has confirmed he will start his 2019 season in Australia at the Tour Down Under.

The Slovakian ace became the first big name to confirm his appearance at the traditional curtain-raiser for the UCI’s WorldTour.

“Once again I am looking forward to being at the Santos Tour Down Under,” he said, after taking out the warm-up People’s Choice Classic and Stage 4 honours this year.

“This iconic Australian race is the perfect start to the UCI WorldTour season. It has it all, a challenging course, warm weather and the passionate fans.”

Sagan will be making his fourth appearance at the event on the streets of Adelaide and through the surrounding countryside, which will take place from January 10-20 next year.

South Australia holds a place close to Sagan’s heart, with the Bora-Hansgrohe rider making his professional Tour debut there in 2010.

His commitment is great news for the race and organiser Mike Turtur who will feel Sagan’s announcement will lead to other big names committing to Adelaide.

“Peter Sagan is a gentleman of the sport and the most popular cyclist in the world,” Turtur said.

“He’s had a good year so he knows that starting here in Australia is beneficial, as clearly he likes to hit the ground running.”

South Africa’s Daryl Impey was the overall winner at this year’s Tour Down Under.

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