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Gallery: Photo highlights from the Tour Down Under

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Richie Porte (Team Sky) drops his rivals and solos to a stage win

Richie Porte (Team Sky) drops his rivals and solos to a stage win
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Dramatic coastline scenes at the 2014 Tour Down Under

Dramatic coastline scenes at the 2014 Tour Down Under
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Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEDGE) grits his teeth and looks to drop Cadel Evans

Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEDGE) grits his teeth and looks to drop Cadel Evans
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Diego Ulissi was one of the stars of this year's race

Diego Ulissi was one of the stars of this year's race
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Richie Porte (Team Sky) solos to the win on Willunga Hill

Richie Porte (Team Sky) solos to the win on Willunga Hill
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Huge crowds turned out to see the race on stage 5 to Willunga Hill

Huge crowds turned out to see the race on stage 5 to Willunga Hill
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Richie Porte (Team Sky) cools down after his stage win

Richie Porte (Team Sky) cools down after his stage win
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Axel Domont leads an attack

Axel Domont leads an attack
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Orica GreenEdge and Garmin look to protect their leaders

Orica GreenEdge and Garmin look to protect their leaders
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The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under

The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under
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Willunga Hill once again saw the race explode

Willunga Hill once again saw the race explode
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Team Sky came into the Tour Down Under with high hopes

Team Sky came into the Tour Down Under with high hopes
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The break try and hold off the peloton on the final stage in Adelaide

The break try and hold off the peloton on the final stage in Adelaide
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Jens Voigt drags the peloton along on the final stage

Jens Voigt drags the peloton along on the final stage
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Adam Hansen on the podium to celebrate his win in the KOM competition

Adam Hansen on the podium to celebrate his win in the KOM competition
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Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) on the podium

Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) on the podium
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Andre Griepel (Lotto) wins the final stage of the Tour Down Under

Andre Griepel (Lotto) wins the final stage of the Tour Down Under
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2014 Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans

2014 Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans
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The four jersey leaders before the final stage in this year's Tour Down Under

The four jersey leaders before the final stage in this year's Tour Down Under
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Cadel Evans chases down Simon Gerrans

Cadel Evans chases down Simon Gerrans
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Eisel and his Team Sky train set the pace for Richie Porte

Eisel and his Team Sky train set the pace for Richie Porte
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Ulissi checks back to see if Gerrans and Evans can stay with him

Ulissi checks back to see if Gerrans and Evans can stay with him
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Cadel Evans (BMC) makes a new friend at this year's race

Cadel Evans (BMC) makes a new friend at this year's race
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Andre Greipel (Lotto) won two stages

Andre Greipel (Lotto) won two stages
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Diego Ulissi won stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under

Diego Ulissi won stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under
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Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) makes some last minute adjustments to his shoes

Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) makes some last minute adjustments to his shoes
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Flying start: Simon Gerrans wins stage 1 of the race

Flying start: Simon Gerrans wins stage 1 of the race
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Andre Greipel faces questions from former sprinter Robbie McEwen

Andre Greipel faces questions from former sprinter Robbie McEwen
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William Clarke (Drapac Professional Cycling) on the attack

William Clarke (Drapac Professional Cycling) on the attack
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Marcel Kittel wins the People's Choice Classic

Marcel Kittel wins the People's Choice Classic
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The Argos team enjoy Kittel's win

The Argos team enjoy Kittel's win
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Luke Rowe gives one young fan a go on his Pinarello bike

Luke Rowe gives one young fan a go on his Pinarello bike
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A young Australian fan shows his passion for the sport at the Tour Down Under

A young Australian fan shows his passion for the sport at the Tour Down Under
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The Tour Down Under peloton produced and exciting opening to the road season

The Tour Down Under peloton produced and exciting opening to the road season
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Diego Ulissi surprises with Tour Down Under stage win

Diego Ulissi surprises with Tour Down Under stage win
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Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) wins his first stage of this year's race

Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) wins his first stage of this year's race
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Orica GreenEdge stretch out the peloton on stage 3

Orica GreenEdge stretch out the peloton on stage 3
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Simon Gerrans and Richie Porte join up and look to chase Cadel Evans

Simon Gerrans and Richie Porte join up and look to chase Cadel Evans
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Gerrans leads Porte in the chase for Evans on the stage Campbelltown

Gerrans leads Porte in the chase for Evans on the stage Campbelltown
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Cadel Evans (BMC) takes a memorable win in Campbelltown

Cadel Evans (BMC) takes a memorable win in Campbelltown
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Cadel Evans drops Richie Porte on the road to Campbelltown

Cadel Evans drops Richie Porte on the road to Campbelltown
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Cadel Evans was too strong for his rivals on stage 3

Cadel Evans was too strong for his rivals on stage 3
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Kevin Reza (Europcar) climbs Corkscrew

Kevin Reza (Europcar) climbs Corkscrew
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Cadel Evans leads his rivals on the lower slopes of Corkscrew

Cadel Evans leads his rivals on the lower slopes of Corkscrew
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A brief moment of calm before the action begins

A brief moment of calm before the action begins
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Koala bear snap chat with Marcel Kittel

Koala bear snap chat with Marcel Kittel
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The WorldTour kicked off last week with the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, and saw Simon Gerrans clinch a record setting third title.

It was one of the most exciting editions of the race in recent years with Gerrans going toe-to-toe with Cadel Evans (BMC), Richie Porte (Team Sky) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) in race that would come down to a mere few seconds.

All four of the top GC riders won individual stages along with Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) winning twice and throughout the event Tim de Waele was on hand to take photos from every action point in the race. For his complete race highlights gallery, click here.