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Gallery: 100 days to the 2016 Tour Down Under

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The Crikey Cadel Crocodile ha made a few Tour Down Under appearances

The Crikey Cadel Crocodile ha made a few Tour Down Under appearances
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Vineyards are a common vista at the TDU

Vineyards are a common vista at the TDU
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With no team buses, riders get ready for the stages in team vans

With no team buses, riders get ready for the stages in team vans
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Palms trees and vineyards. Must be Australia

Palms trees and vineyards. Must be Australia
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A row of palms trees

A row of palms trees
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Marcel Kittel has two criterium wins in Adelaide but is yet to win a stage

Marcel Kittel has two criterium wins in Adelaide but is yet to win a stage
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Simon Gerrans at the 2014 TDU team presentation

Simon Gerrans at the 2014 TDU team presentation
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Tom-Jelte Slagter hasn't been back to the race since his 2013 victory

Tom-Jelte Slagter hasn't been back to the race since his 2013 victory
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Bernard Hinault has also been a TDU 'legend'

Bernard Hinault has also been a TDU 'legend'
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Jens Voigt in classic 'attack mode'

Jens Voigt in classic 'attack mode'
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Damien Howson and Philippe Gilbert shared the aggressive jersey back in 2012

Damien Howson and Philippe Gilbert shared the aggressive jersey back in 2012
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Hold on! Takashi Miyazawa struggles to contain the joey

Hold on! Takashi Miyazawa struggles to contain the joey
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Julian Kern looking more like a mummy than a cyclist

Julian Kern looking more like a mummy than a cyclist
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Andy Schleck rode the TDU during his career

Andy Schleck rode the TDU during his career
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A past and future star of the Australian spriting, Caleb Ewan and Robbie McEwan

A past and future star of the Australian spriting, Caleb Ewan and Robbie McEwan
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One of the benefits of riding in the grupetto at the TDU

One of the benefits of riding in the grupetto at the TDU
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It's Greg LeMond to hold a joey

It's Greg LeMond to hold a joey
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Cadel Evans had a custom painted bike for his final Tour Down Under appearance

Cadel Evans had a custom painted bike for his final Tour Down Under appearance
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2015 Australian national champion Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)

2015 Australian national champion Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)
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Marcel Kittel has won the last two criteriums that open the Tour Down Under

Marcel Kittel has won the last two criteriums that open the Tour Down Under
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Lawson Craddock gets a selfie with a koala in the race village

Lawson Craddock gets a selfie with a koala in the race village
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Cadel Evans in the ochre race leaders jersey

Cadel Evans in the ochre race leaders jersey
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A crash on the Adelaide circuit which finishes off the Tour Down Under

A crash on the Adelaide circuit which finishes off the Tour Down Under
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Simon Gerrans has won the race three times, the last time being 2014

Simon Gerrans has won the race three times, the last time being 2014
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Easy as it looks, Andre Greipel is the alltime stage winner at the TDU

Easy as it looks, Andre Greipel is the alltime stage winner at the TDU
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Willunga Hill is a favourite for the riders and fans alike

Willunga Hill is a favourite for the riders and fans alike
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The race winning move by Simon Gerrans in 2014

The race winning move by Simon Gerrans in 2014
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Sir Chris Hoy has been one of the TDU 'legends'

Sir Chris Hoy has been one of the TDU 'legends'
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Just another ride by the beach

Just another ride by the beach
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Jordan Kerby doing what the UniSA team do best, attacking

Jordan Kerby doing what the UniSA team do best, attacking
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Simon Gerrans is usually all smiles at the TDU

Simon Gerrans is usually all smiles at the TDU
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Cadel Evans shakes the hand of then PM Kevin Rudd in 2010

Cadel Evans shakes the hand of then PM Kevin Rudd in 2010
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Lance Armstrong was always a fan favourite

Lance Armstrong was always a fan favourite
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Quick Step celebrate Allan Davis' win in 2009

Quick Step celebrate Allan Davis' win in 2009
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Lance Armstrong rode with Astana when he made his TDU debut

Lance Armstrong rode with Astana when he made his TDU debut
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The TDU is a scenic race

The TDU is a scenic race
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Then PM Kevin Rudd with Andre Greipel in 2008 when the German won the race

Then PM Kevin Rudd with Andre Greipel in 2008 when the German won the race
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Allan Peiper with the Colombia Highroad team

Allan Peiper with the Colombia Highroad team
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The TDU is known as being a little less serious than the big European races

The TDU is known as being a little less serious than the big European races
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Andre Greipel has been a regular winner at the TDU since his first appearance

Andre Greipel has been a regular winner at the TDU since his first appearance
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A time before smartphone

A time before smartphone
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Alberto Contador is another former TDU stage winner

Alberto Contador is another former TDU stage winner
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Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White celebrates a stage win

Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White celebrates a stage win
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Former TDU winner Stuart O'Grady with his family

Former TDU winner Stuart O'Grady with his family
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Caisse d'Epargne, and now Movistar, have enjoyed lots of success down udner

Caisse d'Epargne, and now Movistar, have enjoyed lots of success down udner
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HTC celebrate Andre Greipel's overall win in 2010

HTC celebrate Andre Greipel's overall win in 2010
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Alejando Valverde and Simon Gerrans' rivalry at its peak in 2012

Alejando Valverde and Simon Gerrans' rivalry at its peak in 2012
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Martin Kolher may be Swiss but he's a fan of Australia as his boomerang tattoo suggests

Martin Kolher may be Swiss but he's a fan of Australia as his boomerang tattoo suggests
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Oscar Freire is also a former stage winner at the race

Oscar Freire is also a former stage winner at the race
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Eddy Merckx was the TDU 'legend' in 2012

Eddy Merckx was the TDU 'legend' in 2012
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Manuel Quinziato and Alessandro Ballan not looking too pleased with their joey

Manuel Quinziato and Alessandro Ballan not looking too pleased with their joey
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You can count on Will Clarkebeing aggressive at the TDU

You can count on Will Clarkebeing aggressive at the TDU
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Lance Armstrong on the stage for the final time at the TDU showing his RM Williams to the crowd

Lance Armstrong on the stage for the final time at the TDU showing his RM Williams to the crowd
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Travis Meyer launching an attack

Travis Meyer launching an attack
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Cameron Meyer was the 2011 TDU champion

Cameron Meyer was the 2011 TDU champion
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There was always lots of media attention for Lance Armstrong when he rode the TDU

There was always lots of media attention for Lance Armstrong when he rode the TDU
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Michael Matthews first WorldTour was at the TDU in 2011

Michael Matthews first WorldTour was at the TDU in 2011
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The TDU race director has been Mike Turtursince day one

The TDU race director has been Mike Turtursince day one
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Mark Cavendish doesn't have great memories of the TDU

Mark Cavendish doesn't have great memories of the TDU
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Robbie McEwan celebrates a TDU stage win as national champion

Robbie McEwan celebrates a TDU stage win as national champion
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The 2015 WorldTour only concluded last Sunday with Il Lombardi but its already just 100 days until the first race of the 2016 calendar gets underway in Adelaide, Australia with the Tour Down Under

The Australian race has been the first on the WorldTour calendar since it joined the top ranks of the sport in 2008. Australian riders have been the outright best performers in the 17 editions of the race so far, winning the overall on ten occasions. While no rider has managed to defend their title yet, Simon Gerrans has three wins to his name while Andre Greipel is the most successful non-Australian with two overall victories. 

Rohan Dennis (BMC) will be looking to end that trend next January having won the 2015 edition of the race.

The 2016 edition of the race features several regular finishes in Stirling, Victor Harbour and Willunga Hill while the iconic Adelaide climb, Norton Summit, will make its debut on stage 4. Once again there will be an Adelaide city criterium, known as the Down Under Classic, kick off proceedings before the race gets underway for real with stage 1 taking the riders from Prospect to Lyndoch in 130.8 kilometres with a mix of finishes to follow in order to entice the peloton down under.

We've put together a gallery of some of the best photographs from the Tour Down Under for you to enjoy and start the countdown to the 2016 WorldTour.