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Gallery: Evans, Porte and Schleck endure the heat at Tour Down Under

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Mark Renshaw in his new Omega Pharma QuickStep kit

Mark Renshaw in his new Omega Pharma QuickStep kit
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Frank Schleck and Jens Voigt cool down after a training ride in the hot conditions

Frank Schleck and Jens Voigt cool down after a training ride in the hot conditions
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Ice to be here: Omega riders cool down in the heat

Ice to be here: Omega riders cool down in the heat
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Yukiya Arashiro looks over his Colnago race bike

Yukiya Arashiro looks over his Colnago race bike
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Elia Viviani (Cannondale)

Elia Viviani (Cannondale)
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Former pro rider Erik Dekker

Former pro rider Erik Dekker
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The Cannondale team will look to set up Elia Viviani in the sprints

The Cannondale team will look to set up Elia Viviani in the sprints
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The Astana team ahead of their training ride

The Astana team ahead of their training ride
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Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano)

Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano)
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The Giant Shimano team will work for Kittel in their debut race

The Giant Shimano team will work for Kittel in their debut race
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Marcel Kittel models the new Giant-Shimano team kit

Marcel Kittel models the new Giant-Shimano team kit
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Back in action: Frank Schleck returns from his supsension

Back in action: Frank Schleck returns from his supsension
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Mark Renshaw will race in Omega Pharma QuickStep kit for the first time

Mark Renshaw will race in Omega Pharma QuickStep kit for the first time
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Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)
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Robert Gesink will lead the Belkin team at Tour Down Under

Robert Gesink will lead the Belkin team at Tour Down Under
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Robert Gesink and a Belkin mechanic check over the rider's race bike

Robert Gesink and a Belkin mechanic check over the rider's race bike
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Trek teammates Fabio Felline and Frank Schleck

Trek teammates Fabio Felline and Frank Schleck
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The Team Sky riders cool down after training

The Team Sky riders cool down after training
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Movistar come into the race as last year's number one team in the World

Movistar come into the race as last year's number one team in the World
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Home favourite Richie Porte (Team Sky)

Home favourite Richie Porte (Team Sky)
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Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano)

Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano)
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Former World champion Cadel Evans with his BMC teammates

Former World champion Cadel Evans with his BMC teammates
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The BMC team for the 2014 Tour Down Under

The BMC team for the 2014 Tour Down Under
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Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)

Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)
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Fabio Baldato and the BMC team

Fabio Baldato and the BMC team
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Team Tinkoff-Saxo

Team Tinkoff-Saxo
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Jose Joaquin Rojas will be hoping to win his first stage at the race

Jose Joaquin Rojas will be hoping to win his first stage at the race
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Team Movistar head into the race as the number one ranked team on the planet

Team Movistar head into the race as the number one ranked team on the planet
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The 2014 Tour Down Under starts in just a few days

The 2014 Tour Down Under starts in just a few days
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Team BMC tuck into lunch after their training ride

Team BMC tuck into lunch after their training ride
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Giovanni Visconti on his new Canyon bike

Giovanni Visconti on his new Canyon bike
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Thomas Voeckler before he crashed out with a broken collar bone

Thomas Voeckler before he crashed out with a broken collar bone
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Japan road champion Yukiya Arashiro

Japan road champion Yukiya Arashiro
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Yukiya Arashiro prepares for training

Yukiya Arashiro prepares for training
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Andre Greipel has won 14 stages at the Tour Down Under

Andre Greipel has won 14 stages at the Tour Down Under
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All eyes will be on Lotto for the sprint stages with Greipel expected to lead the charge

All eyes will be on Lotto for the sprint stages with Greipel expected to lead the charge
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Andre Greipel and his Lotto teammates

Andre Greipel and his Lotto teammates
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Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans

Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans
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Scorching temperatures and a stellar line-up are set to make next week's Santos Tour Down Under one of the most hotly-anticipated openers to the road cycling season in recent years.