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Riders show off new tech and custom gear - Tour Down Under Gallery

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Peter Sagan is seen wearing a different pair of 100% sunglasses ahead of each stage

Peter Sagan is seen wearing a different pair of 100% sunglasses ahead of each stage
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A Team Sky mechanic sets up Danny Van Poppel's bike with the latest 9100 series Shimano Dura-Ace wheels

A Team Sky mechanic sets up Danny Van Poppel's bike with the latest 9100 series Shimano Dura-Ace wheels
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The wheels are fitted with CeramicSpeed bearings in the hub

The wheels are fitted with CeramicSpeed bearings in the hub
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Cam Meyer was seen with a set of Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels ahead of stages 4, 5 and 6 of the race

Cam Meyer was seen with a set of Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels ahead of stages 4, 5 and 6 of the race
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Gaerne Stilo shoes for Lotto Soudal riders

Gaerne Stilo shoes for Lotto Soudal riders
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A small incision in these Gaerne shoes for added comfort

A small incision in these Gaerne shoes for added comfort
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UAE Abu Dhabi's MET Manta helmets

UAE Abu Dhabi's MET Manta helmets
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LottoNL-Jumbo are kitted out with Shimano eyewear

LottoNL-Jumbo are kitted out with Shimano eyewear
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Bahran-Merida have team issue Sidi Shot shoes

Bahran-Merida have team issue Sidi Shot shoes
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Rudy Project Racemaster helmets for Bahrain-Merida in distinctive gold

Rudy Project Racemaster helmets for Bahrain-Merida in distinctive gold
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A closer look at the Shimano S-Phyre shoe

A closer look at the Shimano S-Phyre shoe
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Cannondale-Drapac wear POC Octal helmets for the fourth season

Cannondale-Drapac wear POC Octal helmets for the fourth season
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LottoNL-Jumbo's Lazer helmets

LottoNL-Jumbo's Lazer helmets
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Sky also have some lightweight and breathable shorts

Sky also have some lightweight and breathable shorts
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Spare wheels for AG2R La Mondiale

Spare wheels for AG2R La Mondiale
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Kenny Elissonde sporting Oakley Jawbreakers

Kenny Elissonde sporting Oakley Jawbreakers
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Meyer pairs the wheels with Vittoria Corsa tubular tyres

Meyer pairs the wheels with Vittoria Corsa tubular tyres
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A closer look at the valve

A closer look at the valve
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More mechanical doping checks from the UCI

More mechanical doping checks from the UCI
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S-Works Evade aero helmet was also seen on Quick-Step riders

S-Works Evade aero helmet was also seen on Quick-Step riders
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Hansen wears Lotto eyewear and hasn't been told it's more aerodynamic to wear the glasses over the helmet straps

Hansen wears Lotto eyewear and hasn't been told it's more aerodynamic to wear the glasses over the helmet straps
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Unpainted versions of the shoes were seen earlier in the week and Hansen wore his branded versions on the penultimate stage

Unpainted versions of the shoes were seen earlier in the week and Hansen wore his branded versions on the penultimate stage
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The Hanseeno shoes are one-piece carbon and feature a single BOA dial on the arch

The Hanseeno shoes are one-piece carbon and feature a single BOA dial on the arch
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Adam Hansen's custom shoes

Adam Hansen's custom shoes
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Another look at the Shimano S71R eyewear

Another look at the Shimano S71R eyewear
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Luis Leon Sanchez, a former Tour Down Under winner, wears Oakley Radar EV sunglasses

Luis Leon Sanchez, a former Tour Down Under winner, wears Oakley Radar EV sunglasses
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Team Sky's dot-dash design for 2017 extends to their socks

Team Sky's dot-dash design for 2017 extends to their socks
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Specialized S-Works Prevail helmet

Specialized S-Works Prevail helmet
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Quick-Step riders are supplied with Ekoi eyewear

Quick-Step riders are supplied with Ekoi eyewear
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Bora-Hansgrohe are equipped with team issue shoes

Bora-Hansgrohe are equipped with team issue shoes
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Miles Scotson was presented with a special TAG-Heuer watch to celebrate his national title

Miles Scotson was presented with a special TAG-Heuer watch to celebrate his national title
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AG2R-La Mondial's Ekoi Corsa helmet with the aero shell

AG2R-La Mondial's Ekoi Corsa helmet with the aero shell
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Sam Jenner (Uni-SA) was also seen with custom Oakleys

Sam Jenner (Uni-SA) was also seen with custom Oakleys
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An unbranded Scott Syncros RR saddle was spotted on Simon Gerrans' bike

An unbranded Scott Syncros RR saddle was spotted on Simon Gerrans' bike
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Simon Gerrans' SRM headunit

Simon Gerrans' SRM headunit
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Vegard Laengen (UAE Abu Dhabi) opted for a skinsuit for many of the stages

Vegard Laengen (UAE Abu Dhabi) opted for a skinsuit for many of the stages
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Some of Team Sky's spare race bikes are last year's Pinarello Dogma F8s

Some of Team Sky's spare race bikes are last year's Pinarello Dogma F8s
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A closer look at the KMC chain

A closer look at the KMC chain
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Team Dimension Data opt for a KMC X11SL DLC chain in team colours

Team Dimension Data opt for a KMC X11SL DLC chain in team colours
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Cable ties keep the system tidy

Cable ties keep the system tidy
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The Scott Revo Via system lubricates the chain via the lower jockey wheel on the rear derailleur

The Scott Revo Via system lubricates the chain via the lower jockey wheel on the rear derailleur
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54-42 chainrings for Roger Kluge

54-42 chainrings for Roger Kluge
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The system was held in place temporarily with eletcrical tape

The system was held in place temporarily with eletcrical tape
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Scott's new Revo Via chain self lubricating system

Scott's new Revo Via chain self lubricating system
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A Bahrain-Merida rider wears a Sportful Fiandre Light jacket for a training ride

A Bahrain-Merida rider wears a Sportful Fiandre Light jacket for a training ride
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Movistar's new Abus helmet

Movistar's new Abus helmet
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Ben Swift was wearing the new Northwave Extreme RR road shoe

Ben Swift was wearing the new Northwave Extreme RR road shoe
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GoPro's were used sparingly during the race

GoPro's were used sparingly during the race
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Gerrans was using the new Scott Syncros integrated stem/handlebars, although he had to wait until the end of the week for the correct size

Gerrans was using the new Scott Syncros integrated stem/handlebars, although he had to wait until the end of the week for the correct size
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Shimano S-Phyre shoe/sock combination for LottoNL-Jumbo

Shimano S-Phyre shoe/sock combination for LottoNL-Jumbo
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Team Sunweb wore ice vests ahead of the sweltering stage one

Team Sunweb wore ice vests ahead of the sweltering stage one
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Cannondale-Drapac's new POC shorts have great breathability, but extra suncream is needed

Cannondale-Drapac's new POC shorts have great breathability, but extra suncream is needed
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Special shoes for the double World Champion

Special shoes for the double World Champion
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Tyler Farrar was also seen with custom Oakleys

Tyler Farrar was also seen with custom Oakleys
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Ian Stannard's Oakley Jawbreakers are customised by Optiek Van Gorp

Ian Stannard's Oakley Jawbreakers are customised by Optiek Van Gorp
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Orica-Scott's Cadence Plus helmets

Orica-Scott's Cadence Plus helmets
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Dimension Data print off the stage details for each rider everyday

Dimension Data print off the stage details for each rider everyday
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The UCI check for mechanical doping ahead of the race start

The UCI check for mechanical doping ahead of the race start
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Sometimes the old methods work best

Sometimes the old methods work best
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Jack Bauer comes to Quick-Step to help replace Tony Martin and the team won't let the New Zealander forget it

Jack Bauer comes to Quick-Step to help replace Tony Martin and the team won't let the New Zealander forget it
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Patrick Bevan wears POC Want glasses ahead of the stage start

Patrick Bevan wears POC Want glasses ahead of the stage start
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Peter Sagan's custom S-Works Prevail helmet and 100% glasses

Peter Sagan's custom S-Works Prevail helmet and 100% glasses
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Cannondale-Drapac riders were also wearing ice vests in the 40+ celsius heat

Cannondale-Drapac riders were also wearing ice vests in the 40+ celsius heat
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Michael Valgren opts for Oakley Jawbreakers with his Limar helmet

Michael Valgren opts for Oakley Jawbreakers with his Limar helmet
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Astana's FSA K-Force Light carbon crankset

Astana's FSA K-Force Light carbon crankset
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A look at the inside of Bahrain-Merida's Rudy Project helmets

A look at the inside of Bahrain-Merida's Rudy Project helmets
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Whilst Simon Gerrans waited for the correct size bars, he used a CatEye computer instead of his usual SRM unit

Whilst Simon Gerrans waited for the correct size bars, he used a CatEye computer instead of his usual SRM unit
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The Tour Down Under was the first chance for riders to test and race on the latest kit, bikes and equipment. With all but the one wildcard team entry, the Tour Down Under peloton was racing in new team colours for the first time, with Trek-Segafredo only unveiling their new kit in the days leading up to the race. The new kits saw new colours, see-through shorts and some riders wearing Sportful's Fiandre winter range in the heat of the Australian summer.

The trend of the Tour Down Under in past years has been a chance for the WorldTour teams to showcase their full bikes for the upcoming season. However, with Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series groupsets deliveries delayed, we only saw a scattering of the latest and greatest from Shimano on Team Sky, FDJ and Bahrain-Merida's bikes. Even so, not a single team had the full groupset and full delivery of the groupset to the teams is not expected until the spring Classics.

As well as the new groupset from Shimano, we had to wait until the final day of racing to get a glimpse of the new Dura-Ace 9100 wheels. Danny van Poppel was the only rider to use the wheels in the race and sprinted to fourth place in the final stage.

The strangest tech on show was without doubt Scott's new Revo Via chain lubricator. The device lubricates the chain continually whilst riding and although this may be useful during some of the wet and muddy spring Classics, the forty degree Celsius heat in Adelaide made the device a slight novelty and was not raced on. Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) joked before the race began by saying “the first thing Mat Hayman said when he crossed the line first in the Roubaix Velodrome was that his chain was too dry”.

Continuing the trend of novelty, Team Dimension Data were spotted racing on KMC's X11SL DLC chain in the team's green and black colours.

LottoNL-Jumbo debuted the new Shimano S-Phyre clothing line, and although the S-Phyre shoes were first spotted at last year's Criterium du Dauphine, the whole team were equipped with the shoes paired with the 'integrated sock system' for added comfort. The team were also wearing Shimano eyewear as well as Lazer helmets, which were bought by Shimano Europe last year.

Team Sky were racing on the brand new Pinarello Dogma F10 and whilst each member of the team had the new frameset, there were several Dogma F8s from last season seen upon the team cars as spare bikes.

The opening stage of the Tour Down Under saw temperatures rise to the mid-forties. With this, several riders were spotted ahead of stage 1 with ice-vests, whilst other teams opted for the tried and tested ice cubes in stockings technique as they rolled out of the Adelaide suburbs. The bright sun and clear skies also gave some of the riders the chance to showcase their latest sunglasses. Peter Sagan had a new pair of 100% shades for each stage of the race and several riders were seen with custom painted frames from Optiek Van Gorp.

Quick-Step Floors' new signing, Jack Bauer managed to position himself in the breakaway on the final three stages of the race. The New Zealander was brought in to help replace Tony Martin, after the German's departure to Katusha-Alpecin. Whilst Bauer put in three stellar performances during the race, the team seem to want to remind him that he has replaced Martin by putting a German flag next to his name.

Specialized gave Peter Sagan an extensive collection of custom gear. Sagan's helmet and bike frame featured a pearlescent grey with a flash of the Bora-Hansgrohe green. Sagan also had custom white S-Works 6 shoes with gold BOAs and a pearlescent heel cup.

The luxury gear doesn't stop there. Riding for the UniSA-Australia wildcard team, Cam Meyer was seen using Lightweight Meilenstein Obermeyer wheels for the final three stages of the race and successfully made the breakaway in the first of those. Miles Scotson (BMC Racing) also had a touch of luxury, with TAG Heuer handing the 22-year old a special green and gold watch to celebrate his national's victory earlier in the month.

A tech gallery wouldn't be complete without some carbon curiosity from Adam Hansen. The Grand Tour veteran was seen wearing his homemade 'Hanseeno' branded shoes. Constructed from one piece of carbon and featuring just one BOA ratchet, the cleats are held in place by dyneema cord. Hansen's 2017 Ridley Helium SLX weighed in under the UCI weight limit and had to have weights stuck to the downtube of the frame.

We spotted plenty more tech at the start of the week including Peter Sagan's gold Roval wheels and Bahrain-Merida's custom SRM head units here and you can also take a look at our full gallery of all the WorldTour bikes for 2017.

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