Adelaide's Tour Down Under turns 20

Richie Porte is the defending champion and Peter Sagan has shown he has brought strong form to the Tour Down Under.

THE 20TH TOUR DOWN UNDER - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

* Six-stage race, from Tuesday to Sunday in and around Adelaide.

* Australian Richie Porte (BMC) is the defending champion and the man to beat, despite having done little racing since last year's Tour de France crash.

* Three-time defending world road champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the People's Choice Classic on Sunday night, so he's come to Adelaide with strong form.

* It's a top-class field of sprinters - Australian Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Italian Elia Viviani (Quick Step) and Sagan.

* Once again, the composite UniSA team features some of Australia's top rising stars, including Olympic track medallist Miles Scotson.

* As always, the Queen Stage at Willunga on Saturday with its summit finish will confirm the overall winner. Porte has won there for the last four years.

* The Tour gained WorldTour status in 2008 and gained a massive boost when Lance Armstrong started his comeback in Adelaide the following year. It is Australia's top bike race.

* Many Australian riders have the Tour as their main early-season focus. Internationals such as Sagan and Greipel use it as a solid training hitout ahead of the European spring classics.

NOTABLE WINNERS

* Simon Gerrans has won a record four times (2006, 2012, 2014, 2016) and will ride for Porte after switching from Mitchelton-Scott.

* Greipel has won twice (2008, 2010) and has the record number of stage wins (16).

* Dutch rider Tom Jelte-Slagter (2013) was the last international winner and is back at the race this year with Dimension Data.

* Stuart O'Grady (1999, 2001) gave the Tour a massive boost in its first year as the local winner.

* No winner has successfully defended his title.

Source AAP

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