Daryl Impey carries a strong sense of history into Adelaide this year as he seeks to become the first man to claim three-successive Tour Down Under titles.
The South African cycling ace will again be the focal point of the powerhouse Australian team Mitchelton-Scott on Tuesday when the 22nd edition of the Tour begins at Tanunda in South Australia.
But he knows he faces stiff competition from previous winners, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Rohan Dennis (Ineos), and a swag of rivals in a stacked 2020 peloton.
"There's no doubt it's one of the favourite races on the calendar for me and it's an important race for our team," Impey said.
"It's similar to last year, same kind of strategy - we put in all the hard work in December.
"I don't feel the pressure that I need to do the 'three-peat'.
"It would obviously be great, but I think I'm just going to take it day by day."
A third-consecutive general classification victory would put Impey outright second on the honour roll behind four-time winner Simon Gerrans.
The 35-year-old appears to be getting better with age and will lead an imposing Mitchelton-Scott outfit, boosted by decorated Englishman Simon Yates in his Tour Down Under debut.
But he acknowledged a new Tour route this year might pose greater challenges than in recent editions, with the addition of another finish for the climbers into Paracombe on stage three.
"Every day, there's some different obstacles compared to last year," Impey said.
"There's new riders with new ambitions here and I think a lot of teams have also worked hard at different strategy.
"With Paracombe in the race this year, it also changes things up.
"I'm ready for it, I've prepared well and that's all I can do."
Yates is one of the riders capable of challenging Porte on the climbs, with the undisputed 'King of Willunga' chasing a seventh-straight win on the signature stage.
"I think we can really take the race on, either with myself or Imps," Yates said.
"I've not raced for five months or whatever it is.
"My training is going well, but it's always different to racing, so we'll have to see when we get out there."
Australian Associated Press