The final stage of the Tour Down begins and ends in the Southern Vales

Willunga Hill is set to be the finish line of the 2019 Tour Down Under, marking the first time the race will have its final stage finish outside of the city.

Sweating through it: Cycles at a previous Tour Down Under push themselves to try and take a win. Photo: Supplied.

Sweating through it: Cycles at a previous Tour Down Under push themselves to try and take a win. Photo: Supplied.

Announced by the Hon. David Ridgway, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Race Director, Mike Turtur on Wednesday, August 1, the final stage of the Tour Down Under will venture throughout the Southern Vales.

The 151.1km stage will being in McLaren Vale before travelling through Snapper Point, Aldinga Beach, the Willunga township and then finish on top of Willunga Hill.

Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said this is a huge win for Onkaparinga. 

“For the last 20 years Onkaparinga has embraced the Santos Tour Down Under, an event that has put us on the world stage, and continues to deliver huge benefits to the region.

"Our communities decorate the streets, our cafes, restaurants, wineries and breweries do a roaring trade, and our local accommodation is booked solid months in advance," she said.

Last year Last year the stage 5 event which was hosted in the area attracted 144,000 visitors and generated an economic benefit for the region of $14.6 million.

Race Director Mike Turtur said the hilltop finish at Willunga Hill holds a very special place in the race.

“It is important as a race that we keep everyone guessing and the riders challenged. We can’t be complacent and Willunga Hill, as the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 finish, will bring a new element to the race next year – we expect even more fans on the hill,” he said.

The event runs from January 10 - 20, previous years have attracted competitors from around the globe.