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BMC Racing prepare their team bikes ahead of the race

BMC Racing prepare their team bikes ahead of the race
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A Quick-Step mechanic uses a power drill to speed up wheel changes on thru-axles

A Quick-Step mechanic uses a power drill to speed up wheel changes on thru-axles
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Dimension Data and Katusha-Alpecin are wearing Oakley's new helmet line up in 2018

Dimension Data and Katusha-Alpecin are wearing Oakley's new helmet line up in 2018
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Several riders would take a few moments ahead of the stage to clean up their shoes each day

Several riders would take a few moments ahead of the stage to clean up their shoes each day
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A team mechanic removes the wire mesh from a rider's shoe to improve ventilation in the hot Australian summer

A team mechanic removes the wire mesh from a rider's shoe to improve ventilation in the hot Australian summer
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Prologo make team issue saddles for Astana, UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain-Merida

Prologo make team issue saddles for Astana, UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain-Merida
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A UAE Team Emirates rider opts for a short Prologo Dimension saddle

A UAE Team Emirates rider opts for a short Prologo Dimension saddle
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Trek-Segafredo will be racing on Emonda Discs throughout the year and equipped the bikes with the Dura-Ace rotors for the final few stages of the Tour Down Under

Trek-Segafredo will be racing on Emonda Discs throughout the year and equipped the bikes with the Dura-Ace rotors for the final few stages of the Tour Down Under
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Traditional caps seem to becoming more popular again for 2018 over the baseball caps used in recent years

Traditional caps seem to becoming more popular again for 2018 over the baseball caps used in recent years
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Trek-Segafredo riders wear Rudy Project's Tralyx sunglasses for racing

Trek-Segafredo riders wear Rudy Project's Tralyx sunglasses for racing
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EF-Education First wear helmets, sunglasses and kit from Swedish brand POC

EF-Education First wear helmets, sunglasses and kit from Swedish brand POC
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A new aero lid from Specialized was spotted throughout the race

A new aero lid from Specialized was spotted throughout the race
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Nathan Haas adds a personal touch to his Canyon stem

Nathan Haas adds a personal touch to his Canyon stem
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Luis Leon Sanchez wears Oakley Frogskins at the stage sign on

Luis Leon Sanchez wears Oakley Frogskins at the stage sign on
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Georg Priedler has added a custom finish to his Shimano S-Phyre shoes

Georg Priedler has added a custom finish to his Shimano S-Phyre shoes
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A look inside a Bora-Hansgrohe mechanics extensive tool box

A look inside a Bora-Hansgrohe mechanics extensive tool box
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The UCI conducting their pre race technical fraud tests

The UCI conducting their pre race technical fraud tests
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Several teams are equipped with SciCon's race day bags for each rider's spare clothing

Several teams are equipped with SciCon's race day bags for each rider's spare clothing
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The most aggressive rider from the previous day's stage gets to wear a red race number for the following day

The most aggressive rider from the previous day's stage gets to wear a red race number for the following day
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Israel Cycling Academy's Zak Dempster also has custom finished Bont Vaypor S shoes

Israel Cycling Academy's Zak Dempster also has custom finished Bont Vaypor S shoes
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Several WorldTour teams now have specific training jerseys, usually in a more visible design than their race jerseys

Several WorldTour teams now have specific training jerseys, usually in a more visible design than their race jerseys
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Specialized have also given Peter Sagan's saddle the world champion custom treatment

Specialized have also given Peter Sagan's saddle the world champion custom treatment
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Most of the Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors riders used PRO's Vibe Sprint stem

Most of the Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors riders used PRO's Vibe Sprint stem
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Greipel pairs his custom frame with a custom saddle

Greipel pairs his custom frame with a custom saddle
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The Ridley Noah SL Andre Greipel rode to Stage 6 victory on

The Ridley Noah SL Andre Greipel rode to Stage 6 victory on
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Peter Sagan split the race between his Tarmac SL6 and a Venge

Peter Sagan split the race between his Tarmac SL6 and a Venge
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A few spare S-Works tubulars for the race

A few spare S-Works tubulars for the race
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Several companies are giving more prominence to their in house finishing kit, such as Scott and Syncros

Several companies are giving more prominence to their in house finishing kit, such as Scott and Syncros
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LottoNL-Jumbo are dressed in Shimano from head to toe

LottoNL-Jumbo are dressed in Shimano from head to toe
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Thomas De Gendt models Lotto-Soudal's new HJC aero helmets

Thomas De Gendt models Lotto-Soudal's new HJC aero helmets
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A tech gallery wouldn't be a tech gallery without Adam Hansen's custom carbon shoes

A tech gallery wouldn't be a tech gallery without Adam Hansen's custom carbon shoes
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Peter Sagan isn't the only cyclist who wears 100% glasses

Peter Sagan isn't the only cyclist who wears 100% glasses
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A few of Astana's spare wheels

A few of Astana's spare wheels
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Dimension Data are using Italian brand Astute's saddles for the 2018 season

Dimension Data are using Italian brand Astute's saddles for the 2018 season
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A BMC Racing mechanic fixes the Velon data box to Paddy Bevin's bike

A BMC Racing mechanic fixes the Velon data box to Paddy Bevin's bike
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Negative angle and a slammed stem for Quick-Step Floors' new signing Elia Viviani

Negative angle and a slammed stem for Quick-Step Floors' new signing Elia Viviani
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UAE Team Emirates riders have a choice of C60, Concept or V2-R models to race on

UAE Team Emirates riders have a choice of C60, Concept or V2-R models to race on
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Custom inner soles for a Movistar rider

Custom inner soles for a Movistar rider
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Bora-Hansgrohe wore the new S-Works 7 shoe in a bright fluoro colour throughout the race

Bora-Hansgrohe wore the new S-Works 7 shoe in a bright fluoro colour throughout the race
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Movistar promote their riders' social media accounts on their jerseys and team bikes

Movistar promote their riders' social media accounts on their jerseys and team bikes
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Daniel Oss keeps cool with an ice pack under his jersey ahead of sign on

Daniel Oss keeps cool with an ice pack under his jersey ahead of sign on
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Pierre Latour is one of a few riders who race with shoes from French brand Mavic

Pierre Latour is one of a few riders who race with shoes from French brand Mavic
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Shimano's S-Phyre shoes are popular throughout the peloton

Shimano's S-Phyre shoes are popular throughout the peloton
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Another look at the blue to white fade on the Movistar Team edition Fiziks

Another look at the blue to white fade on the Movistar Team edition Fiziks
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A Bora-Hansgrohe mechanic fixes the number plate holder to the seat post

A Bora-Hansgrohe mechanic fixes the number plate holder to the seat post
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A minority of riders use elliptical rings during racing

A minority of riders use elliptical rings during racing
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A look at the unique drivetrain of Team Dimension Data

A look at the unique drivetrain of Team Dimension Data
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The whole of the Movistar Team are wearing team issue blue fade Fizik Infinito R1 shoes for the 2018 season

The whole of the Movistar Team are wearing team issue blue fade Fizik Infinito R1 shoes for the 2018 season
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Several riders opt to wear compression socks ahead of stage starts throughout the week

Several riders opt to wear compression socks ahead of stage starts throughout the week
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Riders' race numbers began to get tired after a few stages

Riders' race numbers began to get tired after a few stages
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Rohan Dennis wears Giro Techlace Prolight shoes in custom BMC colours

Rohan Dennis wears Giro Techlace Prolight shoes in custom BMC colours
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Quick-Step Floors are equipped with custom out front mounts from K-Edge

Quick-Step Floors are equipped with custom out front mounts from K-Edge
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B'Twin shoes performing in the WorldTour peloton

B'Twin shoes performing in the WorldTour peloton
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Low-tech solutions are sometimes the best

Low-tech solutions are sometimes the best
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Sidi make custom versions of their flagship Shot model for Astana, Katusha-Alpecin and Bahrain-Merida

Sidi make custom versions of their flagship Shot model for Astana, Katusha-Alpecin and Bahrain-Merida
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Caleb Ewan wears customised Bont Vaypor S shoes

Caleb Ewan wears customised Bont Vaypor S shoes
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Team Sky chose to race with Stages power meters at the Tour Down Under, but also have the choice of using Shimano's new unit

Team Sky chose to race with Stages power meters at the Tour Down Under, but also have the choice of using Shimano's new unit
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Some final brake pad adjustments ahead of the start

Some final brake pad adjustments ahead of the start
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Many riders, including Peter Sagan, will wear casual glasses from their eyewear sponsors for sign on

Many riders, including Peter Sagan, will wear casual glasses from their eyewear sponsors for sign on
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Tim Roe placed some foam padding between his saddle and the Velon data unit to prevent rattling

Tim Roe placed some foam padding between his saddle and the Velon data unit to prevent rattling
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Plenty of teams were passing round stockings filled with ice throughout the week

Plenty of teams were passing round stockings filled with ice throughout the week
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Ben Gastauer sets his saddle far forward on the rails

Ben Gastauer sets his saddle far forward on the rails
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AG2R La Mondiale equip their Factor O2 bikes with CeramicSpeed's over sized pulley wheel system, which claims to improve drivetrain efficiency

AG2R La Mondiale equip their Factor O2 bikes with CeramicSpeed's over sized pulley wheel system, which claims to improve drivetrain efficiency
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UAE Team Emirates rider Roberto Ferrari wears shoes from Italian company Verducci

UAE Team Emirates rider Roberto Ferrari wears shoes from Italian company Verducci
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Some riders choose not to wear sponsor correct shoes and cover up their preferred shoes with oversocks

Some riders choose not to wear sponsor correct shoes and cover up their preferred shoes with oversocks
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Katusha-Alpecin made a kettle of espresso ahead of each stage start

Katusha-Alpecin made a kettle of espresso ahead of each stage start
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World champion Peter Sagan cools down with an ice pack ahead of the race

World champion Peter Sagan cools down with an ice pack ahead of the race
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The new S-Works 7 shoes were also seen in an all white finish at the race

The new S-Works 7 shoes were also seen in an all white finish at the race
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Richie Porte wears Giro's Factor Techlace road shoes in a custom colourway for BMC Racing

Richie Porte wears Giro's Factor Techlace road shoes in a custom colourway for BMC Racing
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Team Sunweb riders are wearing shoes and helmets from former title sponsor Giant

Team Sunweb riders are wearing shoes and helmets from former title sponsor Giant
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Lachlan Morton is the only WorldTour rider to wear Rapha shoes

Lachlan Morton is the only WorldTour rider to wear Rapha shoes
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The 2018 season kicked off at the 20th edition of the Tour Down Under last week. Mitchelton-Scott’s Daryl Impey won a closely contested race, finishing on the same time as last year’s winner Richie Porte but taking the ochre jersey on countback.

The race is also a chance for teams to show off new kit designs and test new sponsors’ products in race conditions, and for new signings to get acquainted with their new team bikes and kit.

Specialized made headlines in the days leading up to the race with a new power meter, shoes and aerodynamic helmet all spotted in the build-up to the WorldTour event.

New season, new frames

Although new products are generally aligned with calendar years, the biggest cycling brands launch these in the previous year’s summer at the biggest race of the year, the Tour de France. So while we are now seeing 2018 models in 2018 livery, many of the products were first seen during the build-up to, or at, the 2017 Tour de France.

Some of the key products that fall into these categories are the Specialized Tarmac SL6, Lapierre’s Aircode, Merida’s Reacto, BMC’s Teammachine SLR01 and the Trek Emonda.

Along with the 2018 frames, new sponsorship deals and partnerships see teams switching finishing kit providers and can in turn also provoke colour or design changes.

More teams are moving away from plain black bikes and Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors have both added splashes of colour to their otherwise black bikes.

Movistar Team’s complete team colours overhaul sees the Spanish squad switch from the navy blue and green that has become emblematic of the squad in recent years, to a lighter and brighter blue with an attractive fade to navy blue on the jersey, bikes and even the team issue Fizik shoes.

Hot, hot heat

In the cycling heartland of Europe January is in the depths of winter, but in the Southern Hemisphere Australia is enjoying the peak of its summer. On two stages during the Tour Down Under, temperatures rose into the mid-forties Celsius and riders used ice in stockings, ice packs, slathered on sun screen and consumed vast amounts of water in an attempt to beat dehydration or heat stroke.

A few riders succumbed to the heat, with Nathan Haas being the biggest name victim, losing significant time and his GC hopes on Norton Summit during stage 4 of the race.

Shoes, helmets and glasses

The race is also an opportunity to take a closer look at the rider’s shoes, helmets and accessories from the season opener. In the dry summer, white shoes are a common trend and the pro riders regularly get wet wipes out for a final clean of the shoes as a pre-race ritual.

Eyewear sponsors offer riders some of their casual or lifestyle designs to accompany the cycling specific sunglasses and plenty of riders utilised these for the short period during sign on for each stage.

Along with the new aerodynamic helmet model from Specialized, Kask also launched a similarly styled lid with Team Sky. Lotto-Soudal sported HJC helmets for the first time, and Katusha-Alpecin and Team Dimension Data are wearing the new line of helmets from Oakley.

Take a look at the extensive gallery above from the Tour Down Under with the latest products and trends from the 2018 WorldTour peloton.