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Gallery: Crowds out in force at Tour Down Under

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The anticipation was building

The anticipation was building
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Go Aussie!!

Go Aussie!!
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Luke Durbridge on the KOM

Luke Durbridge on the KOM
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The race makes its way through a small South Australian town

The race makes its way through a small South Australian town
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Crowds lines the street in all the town the stage passed through

Crowds lines the street in all the town the stage passed through
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Will Clarke, the solo man

Will Clarke, the solo man
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Will Clarke cheered on with one more pass of Sterling to go

Will Clarke cheered on with one more pass of Sterling to go
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110,000 was the official crowd figures for stage 2

110,000 was the official crowd figures for stage 2
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This police officer got plenty of cheers.

This police officer got plenty of cheers.
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A small victory salute

A small victory salute
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These fans could feel the rush of the Tour Down Under

These fans could feel the rush of the Tour Down Under
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These fans were than happy to help out Michael Matthews after the stage

These fans were than happy to help out Michael Matthews after the stage
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Luke Roberts had a tangle with the TV banner

Luke Roberts had a tangle with the TV banner
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Crikey Cadel was out on the prowl

Crikey Cadel was out on the prowl
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Plenty of crowds out on stage 2

Plenty of crowds out on stage 2
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Commentators ready for another day of calling the race

Commentators ready for another day of calling the race
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Matthew Lloyd is popular with the locals

Matthew Lloyd is popular with the locals
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Michael Matthews catches up with some mates prior to the stage start

Michael Matthews catches up with some mates prior to the stage start
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Michael Matthews wires up

Michael Matthews wires up
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Jens Voigt and Mark Renshaw chat with some fans

Jens Voigt and Mark Renshaw chat with some fans
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Always popular Voigt posses for a quick happy snap

Always popular Voigt posses for a quick happy snap
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The Aussie champ looking focused

The Aussie champ looking focused
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Another crowd favourite Robbie McEwen is happy to signa few autographs

Another crowd favourite Robbie McEwen is happy to signa few autographs
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Andre Greipel make shis way through the team cars to the start line

Andre Greipel make shis way through the team cars to the start line
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The break after 5km

The break after 5km
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A man and his best friend

A man and his best friend
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Beaming the great images to the world

Beaming the great images to the world
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Will Clarke directly after his stage win

Will Clarke directly after his stage win
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Early estimates from the race organisers suggest that up to 110,000 spectators turned out to watch stage 2 of the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under, which brought the peloton from Lobethal to Stirling. The home fans were given plenty to cheer about as Australia's Will Clarke staged a daring early breakaway and clung on to secure the stage win, UniSA's first in the race since 2008.

As ever at the Tour Down Under, the relationship between riders and fans if flourishing in South Australia, as seen in this Cyclingnews gallery.