What better way to celebrate your 21st birthday than to throw a massive party on top of a hill with tens of thousands of people, music, a big screen and champagne?

The Santos Tour Down Under turns 21 this week and to mark the occasion, race director Mike Turtur has moved the queen stage up Willunga Hill to the final day.

For the first time in the race’s history, the TDU will have a hilltop finish for the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 on the Sunday afternoon – replacing the traditional CBD street race which was an exciting but predictable final-day procession.

Fans cheer on Richie Porte to victory on Willunga Hill last year. Picture: Tom Huntley
Fans cheer on Richie Porte to victory on Willunga Hill last year. Picture: Tom HuntleySource: News Corp Australia

The ochre jersey will this time not be decided until the very last pedal stroke of the tour as riders try to either limit the damage or escape with the title on the iconic 3km climb in Adelaide’s south.



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