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Richie Porte (Trek-se­gafredo)

The Tas­ma­nian will be ea­ger to get 2019 off to a good start af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of the Tour de France last sum­mer and a lack­lus­tre late sea­son.

CW rat­ing: ★★★★★

Daryl Impey (Mitchel­ton-scott)

Last year’s win­ner will have the con­fi­dence to go for the win again, but the pres­sure will be on to build a cush­ion over Porte for Willunga Hill on the fi­nal stage.

CW rat­ing: ★★★

Ro­han Den­nis (Bahrain-merida)

The 2015 TDU win­ner will be ea­ger to shine in his first out­ing with Bahrain-merida. He knows how to win this race, and he also knows Porte’s weak­nesses. CW rat­ing: ★★★★

Amanda Spratt (Mitchel­ton-scott) She per­formed all the way up to the end of last sea­son with sil­ver in the Worlds road race and, backed up by an all-an­tipodean team, is back to de­fend the ti­tle she has won twice run­ning now at the TDU. CW rat­ing: ★★★★★

Lau­ren Kitchen (Unisa-aus­tralia) Third in 2016 and fourth in 2017, the 28-year-old will take time out from her FDJ team to lead a com­pos­ite team of Aussie women. CW rat­ing: ★★★

Lau­retta Han­son (Trek-se­gafredo) The Aussie leads a brand new women’s pro team in their first World­tour out­ing. The 24-year-old won’t be un­der any pres­sure for a GC win, but a stage vic­tory would be a fairy­tale start.

CW rat­ing: ★★★

Porte will try his luck for Trek this year

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