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Gallery: Evans, Porte and Schleck endure the heat at Tour Down Under

By:
Cycling News
Published:
January 17, 12:30,
Updated:
January 17, 11:32
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, January 17, 2014
Race:
Santos Tour Down Under
Mark Renshaw in his new Omega Pharma QuickStep kit

Mark Renshaw in his new Omega Pharma QuickStep kit

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Tour Down Under Countdown: 4 days to go

Scorching temperatures and a stellar line-up are set to make next week's Santos Tour Down Under one of the most hotly-anticipated openers to the road cycling season in recent years.

With Cadel Evans (Team BMC), Richie Porte (Team Sky) and an in-form Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) leading the home charge, and a re-instated Frank Schleck flying the flag for his new Trek Factory Racing, there will be a fierce battle for the overall title, while Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel will go head-to-head in the sprints. The six-day WorldTour event kick starts on Tuesday with a 135km stage from Nuriootpa to Angaston.

The People's Choice Classic once again raises the curtain for the event with a criterium in the centre of Adelaide. And ahead of the racing the professional peloton have been acclimatising to the 40-plus degree temperatures.

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Never wait 7 months ago
What ever is Andy going to do, his brother is racing without him, oh my...
velogeek 7 months ago
Nuriootpa has a forecast of 34 on race day.. not too unpleasant.
Manuel Schoel 7 months ago
Well, its summer down there so of course its hot ...
Cookster15 7 months ago
Yes but last week it was 46C in Adelaide. That's more than just hot, especially for racing. Hopefully it cools for the TDU.
ridein 7 months ago
50C (122F) on a SRM display-Twitter (Trek Factory team) @laurent_didier
lelanternerouge 7 months ago
It makes tennis players currently maoning down under seem like whimps. What would tennis players have done in 2013 Giro conditions in the snow? OK I 'm being flippant before someone mounts their high horse - or should that be their umpire's chair or maybe smashes their raquet suggesting that I can't be serious. Could it be advantage to cycling for once - or even game set and match? O.K - Keep the peace - Let's agree on advantage cyclists. Only joking. Honest! We all know its footballers who are the real whimps.
Lucifa 7 months ago
I'd put soccer players and Lycra clad cyclists in the same category.
Sean Wicker 7 months ago
and keyboard warriors like Lucifa
slartiblartfast 7 months ago
My cat is going for Fabio Felline, unless Oscar Gatto shows up.