Tour Down Under - BreakAway From Gas

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 sponsor 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 being sponsored by a polluting fossil fuel company.

Fossil Free SA has launched the #BreakAwayFromGas campaign to pressure Events SA to end Santos’ sponsorship of the Tour Down Under by 2023. 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.