• Sagan interacting with the fans at the 2017 Tour Down Under (AFP)Source: AFP
Fresh off the back of completing an unprecedented World Road Race Championship hat-trick, Peter Sagan (BORA-Hansgrohe) has confirmed he will race in the 2018 edition of the Tour Down Under (TDU).
11 Oct 2017 - 5:00 PM 

After being a hit with fans last year and a force in the sprint finishes, Sagan will again headline the international stars attending the South Australian event.

He built into an impressive string of results last year off the back of solid showings at the Tour Down Under where he placed second three times behind a rampant Caleb Ewan.

Speaking in quotes released by event organisers, Sagan said he was looking forward to returning to the Santos Tour Down Under.

“I am excited to be starting the 2018 season with the rainbow stripes across my back again in Australia at the Santos Tour Down Under,” Sagan said.

"It is important to get the season off to a good start with BORA-hansgrohe, and there is no better place to do this than South Australia at the TDU.

“This iconic Australian race is the perfect start to the UCI World Tour season each year. It has it all, a challenging and tough course, warm weather and the passionate fans that cheer for us day in day out no matter what. We are always thankful for the fans.”

The TDU is Sagan’s only Australian race this summer and he is sure to be a hit once again with local and international spectators, being generous with his time and drawing a travelling throng of Slovakian flag-waving supporters wherever he went.

Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell said that the Santos Tour Down Under has become the biggest cycling event outside Europe, attracting elite athletes from all over the world and pumping millions of dollars into the local economy. The South Australian government is one of the biggest sponsors and together with offsetting the normal costs from police presences at the event, does a lot to support the TDU.

“Securing a big name such as Peter Sagan for the second year in a row is a massive vote of confidence in the event’s global reputation because he is such an entertainer as well being one of the best cyclists of all time,” said Bignell.

TDU Race Director Mike Turtur thinks Peter Sagan is truly something special, both on and off the bike.

“The fans loved seeing him race again in Australia this year and we are thrilled to welcome him and his team back to the race in 2018,” said Mike Turtur.

“I can’t wait to see how next year’s race will unfold, with Peter in the peloton. He took second place across three stages last year and we know he will try to go one better in January."

The men's TDU will kick off with the normal curtain-raiser of the People's Choice Classic on the 13th, with the festival of cycling running through to the final day's circuit race on the 21st.