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Gallery: Riders get the chance to meet Adelaide's 'other locals'

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Vacansoleil DCM's bikes

Vacansoleil DCM's bikes
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
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Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
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Cameron Mayer (GreenEdge)

Cameron Mayer (GreenEdge)
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Team Sky's Edvald Boassan Hagen

Team Sky's Edvald Boassan Hagen
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Greg Van Avermart (BMC)

Greg Van Avermart (BMC)
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The girls from GreenEdge with a cuddly Koala

The girls from GreenEdge with a cuddly Koala
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Oscar Freire (Katusha)

Oscar Freire (Katusha)
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Local hero Mark Renshaw (Rabobank)

Local hero Mark Renshaw (Rabobank)
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GreenEdge's Shayne Bannan

GreenEdge's Shayne Bannan
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Gert Steegmans

Gert Steegmans
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Amanda Spratt

Amanda Spratt
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Melissa Hoskins

Melissa Hoskins
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Not a sight you see everyday.

Not a sight you see everyday.
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A select number of the professional peloton were given a very special experience on Saturday in the Tour Down Under village when they were introduced to some of Adelaide's native fauna.

Koalas, snakes, kangaroos - there was plenty to see and most of the pros welcomed the opportunity to do something different ahead of the race's official opener - the Down Under Classic

Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) was in attendance, as were many of the GreenEdge women's team including Amanda Spratt and Melissa Hoskins.

See the full gallery here.