The Corkscrew Road
The The Corkscrew Road is a col with a length of 2.5 kilometer. This is a category 3 col. It is located in Montacute, SA, Australia. The average grade of this col is 8.9% with a maximum of 12.3%. The The Corkscrew Road ascents from 169 meter at the start, to 392 meter at the top, with a total of 223 ascending meters.
|Elevation gain||223 m|
|Average grade||8.9 %|
|Maximum grade||12.3 %|
|Minimum elevation||169 m|
|Maximum elevation||392 m|
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The road gets its name from a series of sharp switchbacks near the top. The local rides also call this climb the "mini Alpe d'Huez". The Corkscrew Road has appeared for the first time in the Tour Down Under in 2013. Geraint Thomas took the stage by escaping on the climb of Corkscrew Road at ten kilometers from the finish line. This was also the base of his overall victory in the Tour Down Under 2013.
In 2014 Cadel Evans famously stole the show and won the stage after also attacking Corkscrew Road. The descent to Campbelltown is a really nasty one where riders get up to speeds of 105 km/h. In 2016 and 2019 it was a sprint of a small group.
- Santos Tour Down Under 2013 - Stage 2
- Santos Tour Down Under 2014 - Stage 3
- Santos Tour Down Under 2016 - Stage 3
- Santos Tour Down Under 2019 - Stage 4