Can we get a drumroll please? Tapatapatapatapatapatapa... Ladeeees and Gentlemen, the 2009 professional Road Cycling season starts... NOW!
OK, this may be more akin to spring training for about 2/3rds of the peloton, but for a fair number of riders today's Tour Down Under kickoff is a shot at Pro Tour points, maybe even the coveted white jersey, not to mention some scratch. All good things, and if you like flat, action-packed criterium racing, today's classic in Adelaide is for you. Thirty laps on a 1.7km circuit, undoubtedly culminating in a sprint. Pick your fastman and make it happen. Enjoy!