After the awesome finish to the Tour in 2019, the ‘Queen’ stage retains its race-ending position in 2020. The peloton will take on the traditional route from McLaren Vale to Willunga, Aldinga Beach, and Tatachilla before tackling two climbs – including the finish – of notorious Willunga Hill.
Someone that wasn’t Richie Porte won this stage? You’d have to go back to Simon Gerrans in 2013 and current world road champion Alejandro Valverde in 2012 for names that don’t read ‘Porte’ on the honour roll atop this race’s most iconic climb. Of course, winning this stage doesn’t automatically deliver outright victory, with Porte never having snatched the Ochre jersey from its current wearer, except for 2017 when he started the day wearing it.
There are picturesque locations throughout this stage, from the vineyards of McLaren Vale and Willunga to the coastline of Aldinga Beach, Snapper Point and Port Willunga. But there can be no doubt it’s Willunga Hill where you’ll want to catch the best of the day’s play.
Stage In Detail
63.4km, Snapper Point, Esplanade
103.4km, Snapper Point, Esplanade
Subaru King of the Mountain
129.1km, Willunga Hill, Category 1, 7.5% average
151.5km, Willunga Hill, Category 1, 7.5% average
San Remo Pasta Feed Zone
85.5km, Willunga Main Road at Kell Street
Total Climbing (exc race neutral): 1946m
Maximum Elevation: 529m