The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will see Stage 1 return to Nuriootpa for the first time since the race’s inception in 1999.
The stage will include including the gruelling Menglers Hill climb just 14 kilometres from the finish line at Angaston.
The 2014 course will test sprinters, climbers and all rounders.
The event will see the return of Corkscrew Hill, first introduced in 2013, which again is expected to play a decisive part in the race.
Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur said he had created a course featuring new elements to test the riders.
"The 2014 race routes will deliver a race that is fought until the very end and for the second time there is a balance between stages that favour sprinters and all rounders," Mr Turtur said.
"We return to Nuriootpa for the start of Stage 1 for the first time since the inaugural event, creating a sense of nostalgia. Menglers Hill is back as part of this route and being 14km from the finish will test even the most accomplished cyclist and create an interesting result."
The race routes for both the People’s Choice Classic and Stage 6 will be significantly different in 2014.
Due to other major events occurring in Adelaide on those days the two city-based courses are still being finalised and will be announced over the coming months.
The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 19-26 January 2014.
For more information visit www.tourdownunder.com.au