Tour Down Under vs. Tour de San Luis

09/01/2014   ›   Blog Viewed 2461 times

The 2014 season kicks off with two relative new races which both have become very popular in short time. We're talking about the Tour Down Under (TDU) and the Tour de San Luis (TSL). Although it is already the 16th edition of the TDU, against the 8th edition of TSL, within the history of traditional cycling this is still quite short. Since both races are competing for the top names of cycling, just as Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico in March, did a short comparison of both races.


The very first thing we notice is the quality of the starting field of Tour de San Luis. The top 3 riders in TSL are Sagan, Rodriguez and Nibali versus Greipel, Porte and Kittel in TDU. Adding up the current PCS points of the top-10 riders of each startlist, we have 15.648 for TDL versus 9990 for TDU, a 56% difference. It seems TDU has been taken over, despite the World Tour calender status of the race. We have assembled this statistic for the last 7 editions of both races. 


Table 1. Historical comparison, PCS points of startlist top-10

Season Tour Down Under Tour de San Luis
2014 9990 15638
2013 10354 13941
2012 10613 7260
2011 10274 4102
2010 10572 5326
2009 7609 4236
2008 6703 3805
2007 4241 2133


As of last year, Tour de San Luis alsmost doubled in points and overtook Tour Down Under, what remains stable around 10.000 points. We would argue that the absence of high mountains is probably one of the causes for this. 


So let's compare some more fun facts about the two races. The youngest rider at TDU is Matej Mohoric, age 19 and 94 days. At Tour de San Luis it is German Nicolas Tivani Perez, who is more than a year younger at 18 years and 81 days. 


The oldest rider in Australia is good old Jens Voigt at age 42, and in South America it is top sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (40). 


That all for this blog, more detailed analysis are coming leading up to the first major races of the season. 


The PCS Team.









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