South Australia’s Country Fire Service is the focus of today’s third stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, with a volunteer firefighter to present the Cycle Instead Young Rider Jersey at the end of the stage.
Captain Daryl Hutchins, from the Paracombe unit of the CFS, will present the jersey to the leading young rider to honour the commitment and dedication of all emergency service volunteers during the recent Adelaide Hills bushfire.
Today’s 143-kilometre Thomas Foods Stage 3 began on The Parade at Norwood at 11.00am and will take the peloton through some of the communities affected by the bushfire before arriving at the finish line in Paracombe.
The riders will pass through communities including Houghton, Inglewood, Gumeracha, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lobethal, Woodside, Lenswood, and Cudlee Creek.
South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said Paracombe is hosting a stage finish for the first time in the 17-year history of the Santos Tour Down Under.
“Like Tuesday’s Hostworks Stage 1 which travelled through some of the bushfire-hit communities, today’s stage will hopefully bring some excitement for the people and businesses who’ve suffered during the past few weeks,” he said.
“It’s great that after working closely with the emergency services, Tour organisers have been able to go ahead with Thomas Foods Stage 3 with no changes to the route. And having Daryl present the jerseys will be the perfect way to end a day of great cycling action and community spirit.”
Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo said asking Captain Hutchins to present the Cycle Instead Young Rider Jersey today was a wonderful way to acknowledge the work of the CFS and other agency volunteers during the recent bushfire emergency.
“Our emergency service personnel – both paid and volunteer – did a magnificent job protecting the community during the recent fires,” Minister Piccolo said.
“Everyone across South Australia is thankful for their efforts and today is just a small gesture of appreciation and to acknowledge their efforts.”
southaustralia.com Stage 2 Results Summary
• Stage Winner: Juan Jose Lobato Del Velle (Movistar)
• Spectators: 122,000
• Santos Best Dressed Town: Stirling
• Santos Tour Down Under Ochre Jersey Leader: Jack Bobridge UniSA-Australia
Thomas Foods Stage 3
• Route: Norwood to Paracombe
• Start: 11.00am
• Finish: 2.50pm ETA
• Distance: 143.2km
• iiNet Sprint Locations: Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Charleston
• Subaru King of the Mountain: Torrens Hill Road, Paracombe
• Powerade Hydration Station: Adelaide to Lobethal Road
Today’s Santos Festival of Cycling Activity
• 0815-0845 Gab with Greg (Media Call) – Pool Deck Hilton Adelaide, Victorian Square, Adelaide. Media are invited to join three time Tour de France winner and two time road race World Champion, Greg LeMond for coffee and a chat ahead of tomorrow’s stage. Lemond is here as our guest of honour for Saturday’s Legends’ Night Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
• 0830-1500 Norwood on Tour – (The Parade, Norwood) The Parade, Norwood will offer outdoor alfresco dining, live music, roving entertainers, on-street kids’ activities, and the race on the big screen.
• 1100-1450 Thomas Foods Stage 3 – (Norwood – Paracombe) The inner-city suburb of Norwood will host the start of Thomas Foods stage 3, with thousands of fans set to line The Parade and wave off the peloton.
• 1100-1600 Paracombe Picnic Day – (Paracombe Oval) Bring a picnic blanket and settle in with family and friends to watch an exhilarating stage finish in the Hills. The kids will also enjoy the jumping castle and face painting!
• 1230-2000 Adelaide City Council Bike Expo – (Victoria Square, Adelaide FREE ENTRY)
• 1600-2000 Adelaide City Council Tour Village – (Victoria Square, Adelaide FREE ENTRY)
• 1700-2100 Return of the Tour: Street Party – (Jetty Road, Glenelg) The Santos Tour Down Under returns to the Bay for the first time since 2008. Join us for a free street party along Jetty Road Glenelg to enjoy family fun, live music, fashion, and outdoor dining and wine bar.
• 1730-2030 Willunga Farmer’s Twilight Market – Breakaway in the City of Onkaparinga (Town Square, Willunga) With more than 60 stalls selling fresh primary produce from regional farms and Fleurieu Peninsula products, shoppers will experience a diverse variety, showcasing all that is fresh and seasonal.
TODAY’S TELEVISION COVERAGE
• LIVE on GEM from 1.00pm – 3.30pm (CST)
• Hghlights Channel 9 at 10.30 pm (CST)
• Streamed live on Wide World of Sports