Santos Tour Down Under: Race to start on time on Tuesday after bushfires contained
The opening stage of the Santos Tour Down Under is set to go ahead as planned on Tuesday.
Last Updated: 21/01/14 10:40am
The start of the six-day event had been under threat because of bushfires around the Barossa Valley, which forms the route for the first stage from Nuriootpa to Angaston, but authorities are happy they have now been contained.
Tour organisers will continue to liaise with the Country Fire Service and South Australian Police after being given the go-ahead to begin the event on time, ending the threat of having to cancel a stage for the first time in the 16-year history of the race.
Race director Mike Turtur said: "Obviously, this advice might change subject to the conditions and we will continue to be guided by the advice we receive from the Country Fire Service and South Australian Police.
"But our advice is that the race route and the towns through which the race will travel are not in the fire area and it is safe for us to continue as planned."
Watch coverage of the first stage of the Santos Tour Down Under live on Sky Sports 1 from 2am on Tuesday.