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Gallery: Riders train in Adelaide before Tour Down Under

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Heinrich Haussler and his IAM Cycling teammates plan their ride

Heinrich Haussler and his IAM Cycling teammates plan their ride
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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin)
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Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin)

Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin)
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Ryder Hesjedal and Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Garmin)

Ryder Hesjedal and Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Garmin)
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Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)
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Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) in his Australian champion's jersey

Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) in his Australian champion's jersey
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Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida)

Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida)
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The sun was out in Adelaide on Wednesday after a few days of rain

The sun was out in Adelaide on Wednesday after a few days of rain
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The cycling kangaroo is again the mascot for the Tour Down Under

The cycling kangaroo is again the mascot for the Tour Down Under
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Eugenio Alafaci shows off the new Trek Factory Racing jersey

Eugenio Alafaci shows off the new Trek Factory Racing jersey
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The Lampre-Merida riders get ready to head out

The Lampre-Merida riders get ready to head out
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Heinrich Haussler with teammate and Swiss national champion Martin Elmiger

Heinrich Haussler with teammate and Swiss national champion Martin Elmiger
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Hesjedal and Moser get ready to ride

Hesjedal and Moser get ready to ride
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Rohan Dennis (BMC)

Rohan Dennis (BMC)
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The celeste Bianchi bikes await the LottoNL-Jumbo riders

The celeste Bianchi bikes await the LottoNL-Jumbo riders
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Garmin)

Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Garmin)
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Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
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The IAM Cycling Scott bikes await the riders

The IAM Cycling Scott bikes await the riders
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Cadel Evans studies the race manual to plan the training ride

Cadel Evans studies the race manual to plan the training ride
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The BMC team pose for a photo together with team leader Cadel Evans

The BMC team pose for a photo together with team leader Cadel Evans
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Dario Cataldo is making his debut with Astana in Australia

Dario Cataldo is making his debut with Astana in Australia
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Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)

Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)
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A huge marquee hosts the Tour Village, where fans can see the riders and team staff before and after each stage

A huge marquee hosts the Tour Village, where fans can see the riders and team staff before and after each stage
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The countdown to the 2015 Tour Down Under has begun, with most of the riders and teams already in Adelaide, preparing and acclimatizing before Sunday's People's Choice Classic criterium. The six-day Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday January 20.

All 17 WorldTour teams will ride the Tour Down Under plus the UniSA-Australian team that includes Steele von Hoff and Jack Bobridge. With 2014 winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) absent after breaking his collarbone, the race for overall victory appears to be wide open this year. 

Cadel Evans (BMC) will end his career in Australia and Pete Stetina, Rohan Dennis and Campbell Flakemore are part of the strong line-up that hopes to help win the Tour Down Under. Richie Porte leads the Team Sky squad that includes Geraint Thomas and British national champion Pete Kennaugh.

After winning the Australia national title on Sunday, Heinrich Haussler joined up with his IAM Cycling teammates in Adelaide and showed off his green and gold jersey during on a training ride, while Ryder Hesjedal and Moreno Moser showed off the new green and black Cannondale-Garmin colours.

Marcel Kittel leads the Giant-Alpecin team and is the favourite for the sprint finishes. The German arrived in Adelaide at the weekend and spent a few hours on the beach to recover from his jet lag before doing some serious training on Tuesday.

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