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Gallery: Riders continue build-up to Tour Down Under

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Cadel Evans returns the race for the first time in seven years

Cadel Evans returns the race for the first time in seven years
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Jacopo Guarnieri

Jacopo Guarnieri
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Enrico Gasparotto

Enrico Gasparotto
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A quick check of Twitter before training

A quick check of Twitter before training
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Geoffrey Soupe gives his bike a once over

Geoffrey Soupe gives his bike a once over
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Movistar leave for training

Movistar leave for training
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Marcel Kittel goes for the sleveless look

Marcel Kittel goes for the sleveless look
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The newly named Giant-Shimano team

The newly named Giant-Shimano team
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Giant-Shimano head out in their new kits, for the first time

Giant-Shimano head out in their new kits, for the first time
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Robert Gesink

Robert Gesink
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Belkin's Bianchi bikes have had some mixed reactions

Belkin's Bianchi bikes have had some mixed reactions
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Matteo Trentin makes his enterance

Matteo Trentin makes his enterance
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep get ready for training

Omega Pharma-QuickStep get ready for training
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Cadel Evans gets ready

Cadel Evans gets ready
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Cadel Evans is one of the race favourites

Cadel Evans is one of the race favourites
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BMC team arrive for taining

BMC team arrive for taining
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Frank Schleck in the new Trek Factory Racing kit

Frank Schleck in the new Trek Factory Racing kit
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Frank Schleck is preparing for his first race back after a two-year ban

Frank Schleck is preparing for his first race back after a two-year ban
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Jens Voight

Jens Voight
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep's bikes

Omega Pharma-QuickStep's bikes
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Richie Porte looking pretty relaxed

Richie Porte looking pretty relaxed
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Team Sky have a pre-training catch up

Team Sky have a pre-training catch up
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Richie Porte rolls in

Richie Porte rolls in
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Belkin go out training

Belkin go out training
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Cadel Evans will make his first appearance at the Tour Down Under since 2010, as the peloton continues to prepare for the first WorldTour race of the season.

Evans has chosen to take part in his home race, as he prepares for an attack on the Giro d'Italia title. The 36-year-old has had a good start to the season, with second place at the national championships. Evans will be hoping that the form he has already shown will be enough to unseat his compatriots Richie Porte and Simon Gerrans, who is the new national champion, in the race for overall success.

There were plenty of new jersey designs on show at the second day of training. After the four-year sponsorship deal with Giant was announced on Monday, the newly named Giant-Shimano were given the go-ahead to wear their new kit for the first time. Marcel Kittel could be seen wearing a sleeveless version of the jersey, to try and cope with the heat of the Australian summer.

Frank Schleck and Jens Voigt also made their first appearances in the new Trek Factory Racing Kit. The Tour Down Under will be Schleck's first race since he was handed a one-year ban for Xipamide, while Voigt is embarking on his final season as a professional cyclist.

 The Tour Down Under begins next week.