Stage 6 of Santos Tour Down Under to hit the Southern Vales this Australia Day

SIX IN A ROW: Richie Porte celebrates his sixth consecutive triumph of the Willunga Hill Santos Tour Down Under stage. Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission.
SIX IN A ROW: Richie Porte celebrates his sixth consecutive triumph of the Willunga Hill Santos Tour Down Under stage. Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission.

The 2020 Santos Tour Down Under returns to the Fleurieu and Southern Vales this Australia Day weekend, with Stages 5 and 6 set to make their way through the region on January 25 and 26.

The Be Safe Be Seen Stage 6, held on Australia Day is sure to be a cracker, being the final Stage of the iconic event.

Stage 6 begins in McLaren Vale at about 10:40am on Sunday January 26, with huge crowds expected at the start line.

The opening legs of the race will operate as a loop, with three laps to send riders from McLaren Vale through to Willunga, Aldinga Beach, Snapper Point, Port Willunga and Aldinga.

This loop will include two Ziptrack sprint stages before competitors finally battle their way up Willunga Hill to the finish line, in the Stage 6 Subaru King of the Mountain, set to finish at about 2:28pm.

All eyes will be on Aussie cycling great Richie Porte, who has conquered the Willunga Hill Stage a record-breaking six consecutive times.

In January 2019 he was awarded the Key to the City of Onkaparinga for his efforts and will be eyeing up a seventh straight Stage victory.

"I love starting my racing season here every year because it's such a great race in a beautiful part of the world," said Porte when speaking to The Times last year.