Tour Down Under - BreakAway From Gas

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The Tour Down Under is the first event on the UCI World Tour and is run by Events SA, part of the South Australian Tourism Commission. Since 2010, the race’s major naming rights partner has been Santos, an oil and gas company that has ongoing ambitions to expand its fossil fuel operations.

It is appalling that a major cycling event, held in a state which is a world leader in renewable energy, is partnering with a polluting fossil fuel company.

Fossil Free SA has launched the #BreakAwayFromGas campaign to pressure Events SA to end Santos’ partnership with the Tour Down Under. Santos must not be allowed to use this prestigious event to 'greenwash' its activities. The company cannot present itself as community-minded, when its business model directly contributes to the climate crisis and extreme weather events which, ironically, disrupt the event itself.

We want to see the Tour Down Under continue with the support of clean corporate partners that are not linked to fossil fuel industries or the financial institutions that sustain them.

Our petition to Events SA is now closed, but it's not too late to send an email in favour of ending the Santos-Fossil Fuel Partnership of the Tour Down Under - send your comments to Zoe Bettison, Minister for Tourism at