No route changes for the Tour Down Under despite recent bushfires

No route changes will be required at the 2015 Tour Down Under despite South Australia's bushfires earlier this month.

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The Tour Down Under will start on January 20 in Adelaide before heading into regional areas over the following four days, with the race set to finish in South Australia's capital on January 25.

Bushfires raged throughout regional South Australia last week, destroying 27 homes and injuring 134 people - the majority of whom were firefighters - before rain helped to halt the blaze.

But while there were initial concerns over whether the fire and its subsequent damage might hinder the Tour Down Under, South Australia's tourism minister Leon Bignell has confirmed the original route will remain.

"The safety of the riders and spectators was the highest priority during the discussions, and the organising team has taken the advice of the emergency services, with stage one and stage three to go ahead as planned," Bignell said in a statement on the Tour Down Under's website.

"While the Tour Down Under routes won't change, it's important to note that some roads in the region are still closed as the recovery work continues.

"Our thoughts remain with those affected by the bushfire, and our emergency services which did such an outstanding job throughout the emergency."

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