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Willunga Hill will feature as the climax to the 2019 Tour Down Under

The climb of Willunga Hill will feature as the climax to the 2019 Tour Down Under on the final sixth stage, now known as the "King Stage".

Willunga Hill has traditionally featured as a summit finish on the penultimate day of the Tour Down Under, a stage won by Richie Porte for the past five years in a row, who has now moved to Trek-Segafredo.

Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey won last year's race even though Porte won the stage, they fnished on equal time and Impey won on 'countback'.

Moving Willunga Hill to the final stage on Sunday, show decide the overall race and attract the huge numbers of fans who make the trip south of Adelaide for the final weekend.

Last year's opening stage saw large crowds wave the riders off from Port Adelaide, north of the city, which helped the organisers to choose the same venue as the finish of this year's first stage, two days after the Down Under Classic criteriu wram up.

"We are really excited about a first-time stage finish in Port Adelaide on stage 1 with a 3.4 km finishing circuit, especially after the huge crowds the start drew this year," said race director Mike Turtur, adding that he'll also be interested to see how a new 14km circuit around Uraidla at the finish of stage 3 will be received, with the riders completing seven laps of the hilly circuit.

"It's important as a race that we keep everyone guessing and the riders challenged. We can't be complacent," Turtur said. "We knew we had to create something special for the 2019 event and deliver something a little different in terms of the race routes after the amazing race we had this year. We have decided to mix it up and make Willunga Hill the grand finale, and probably now the deciding factor of the race's result."

2019 Tour Down Under Route

Sunday 13 January 2019, People's Choice Classic: East End Circuit, 51km
Tuesday 15 January 2019, Stage 1: North Adelaide to Port Adelaide, 132.4km
Wednesday 16 January 2019, Stage 2: Norwood to Angaston, 149km
Thursday 17 January 2019, Stage 3: Lobethal to Uraidla, 146.2km
Friday 18 January 2019, Stage 4: Unley to Campbelltown, 129.2km
Saturday 19 January 2019, Stage 5: Glenelg to Strathalbyn, 149.5km
Sunday 20 January 2019, Stage 6: McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5km

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