Gallery: Mammals and marsupials unite at Tour Down Under presentation

Ktttel, Evans, and Porte meet the local wildlife

The Australian racing season has been underway for a number of weeks but it comes to a climax on Sunday with the WorldTour teams taking part in the People’s Choice Classic before the start of the Santos Tour Down Under on Tuesday.

On Saturday afternoon, Adelaide once again turned out in force to welcome some of the biggest names in the world of cycling. Among them Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) who is competing in his final Tour Down Under, in-form rider Richie Porte (Team Sky) and new Australian road champion Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling).

It’s not an entirely antipodean affair with Marcel Kittel (Giant Alpecin), Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale Garmin), Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) amongst the field.

And of course no Tour Down Under presentation would be complete without the main stars of the show, with koalas and baby kangaroos on hand to share the attention with the riders.

Click here for the gallery and here for the Tour Down Under official start list.

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