The Global Cycling Network‘s Facebook page is offering the race live for most of Europe, a first for many countries. Other notable live broadcasters for the race include NBCSN for the US, L’Équipe La Chaine in France, Ziggo Sport in the Netherlands and the TV2 stations in Denmark and Norway.
There are 10-6-4″ at finishes and 3-2-1″ at intermediate sprints, two per stage. Timing and results of this race are undertaken by Matsport.
The Movistar Team has finished twice as runner-up overall in the TDU, with Alejandro Valverde (2012), Javi Moreno (2013) and – back as Caisse d’Épargne – with uis León Sánchez (2010).
The Tour Down Under will once again be the starting point of the men’s cycling season, and the Movistar Team will bring a quite youthful squad looking to offer its second unit some well deserved chances to score good results already in January. The Down Under Classic criterium (timetable – profile and map) acts again as prelude (Sunday 13) of the main, six-day event, which breaks its usual scheme and now puts the dual ascent of Willunga Hill (2.9km at 7%), the most traditional climb in this race, into the final stage (Sunday 20th).
Before Willunga, the peloton will again visit Corkscrew Road (2.5km at 9%), one of his most demanding climbs, at the end of stage four to Campbelltown on Friday 18th. Before that, the #TDU could well be a matter of bonuses, with clear sprint opportunities -stages one and five-; a hilltop finish in Angaston on stage two; and a pretty lumpy stage three, into a final circuit around Uraidla.