Race Director Scott McGrory's Thoughts
"The 2019 course is truly spectacular and one of the best courses I think I have ever seen for this race so I’m really excited to see how the riders themselves like the course," McGrory said.
"It has a real mix of stages that the fast riders can go for but also in terms of the overall classification – the winner will truly be a top class international cyclist because the climbing stages are very difficult.
"It’s also very spectacular. Definitely at Phillip Island, we all know that place as we see it every year on TV with the MotoGP. And then when we go down into Gippsland which I believe is very underrated by the cyclists around the world just how beautiful and diverse Gippsland is. And the two stages we have through there are both spectacular – one quite difficult and hilly and the other geared towards the sprinters a little bit more but both of them will be fun to race.
And then we get to stage 4 at Arthurs Seat – which will be brutal. The winner of the stage will more than likely be the winner of the Tour overall but not necessarily the case. Starting at Cape Schanck and coming up to Arthurs Seat will really showcase the Mornington Peninsula.
It will be spectacular for the spectators, and it will be really difficult for the riders. From a spectators perspective, it will be better than anything in Australia in terms of cycling and getting up close to the riders in action.
We are bringing the race again into the Melbourne CBD, and race the final stage around the Botanic Gardens is also a fantastic spectator activation. It should be one for the sprinters but it could also be one for the opportunists."