Organisers hint at 'surprise' for 2015 Tour Down Under route

Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur believes the event has the ideal balance between stages suited to sprinters and all-rounders, but hinted there could be a "surprise" in next year's route.

Turtur, who rated this year's race as the best in its 16 editions, said the 2015 course will be unveiled in June, with a number of new councils in South Australia having submitted expressions of interest to host stages.

"We have our own ideas about [the] possibilities for next time," Turtur said on Monday after Australian Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE), 33, had taken out the tour for a record third time.

"What we do in the next period is come up with a draft proposal and then to try and match up what we are thinking with the expressions of interest.

"The balance of the race, with the combinations of days for the sprinters and all-rounders, is where we want it.

"If we can maintain that sort of design for the course, we will produce a good race. We might have a surprise next year, you never know."

Turtur said he was delighted at how this year's race had unfolded, with Australians Gerrans, Cadel Evans (BMC) and Richie Porte (Sky) winning stages in spectacular fashion.

Each of the five stages before Sunday's finale had a significant impact on the overall race between Gerrans, Evans, third-placed Diego Ulissi and Porte, who finished fourth.

Add to that the two stage wins claimed by Andre Greipel – stage four to Victor Harbour and Sunday's stage six circuit race in Adelaide – which took his personal tally of wins in the event to a record 16.

"For the whole week to come down to one second between first and second . . . to have the different winners and the way the stages finished each day, there was always an element of interest right up to the finish," Turtur said.

The story Organisers hint at 'surprise' for 2015 Tour Down Under route first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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