Koalas, kangaroos and snakes, the Tour Down Under team presentation - Gallery

Riders get to grips with the local wildlife ahead of the WorldTour opener

The Tour Down Under has become synonymous with pictures of riders and some of the local Australian wildlife.

With the start of the race just a few days away, the riders congregated in In Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga to be introduced to the crowds and a team of snakes, koalas and baby kangaroos at the team presentation.

On Sunday, the riders will get their first opportunity to test their racing legs in the People’s Choice Classic with the main event beginning on Tuesday. Local hopes will be on riders such as Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott). Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) is also seen as a potential contender, even if his big ambitions lie later in the season.

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