This year, the South Australian festival of cycling will include a night of track cycling featuring the world’s best. Tour Down Under debuting track cycling is great for the sport that could use a boost in good publicity.
Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur has finally realized his dream to bring track racing into the race. The move is a first step towards expanding the Tour Down Under to include all cycling disciplines.
Well, probably not CX.
Turtur, a former Olympic track cyclist, said the new event would give fans the chance to experience track cycling.
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Tour Down Under debuting track cycling will be held at the Adelaide SuperDrome on Friday evening (January 11). It will feature eliminations, heartstarters and scratch races as well as a 1000m Madison Time Trial. Champion sprinters Matthew Glaetzer and Stephanie Morton will headline.
World Sprint Champion Matthew Glaetzer and Commonwealth Games Champion Stephanie Morton going head to head with the best competitors from around Australia.
Italy’s Elia Viviani and Denmark’s Michael Mørkøv have also signed up to race. Deceuninck-Quickstep Teammate Mørkøv won silver at Beijing 2008, and is looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 with the return of his preferred Madison event.
“Elia and I are going to participate and we both very look forward to it,” Morkov said. “We are both good track riders, we brought our own track bikes here and we are very happy that we get the opportunity to race against the Australian guys.”
The UCI sanctioned Women’s Tour Down kicked off today, with Stage 1 of the men’s event scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 15. Watch highlights on YouTube and find the race from you cable operator or streaming online. The debut of track cycling is on the 11th.