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Gallery: Teams arrive for Tour Down Under

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Oscar Freire in his new Katusha team kit

Oscar Freire in his new Katusha team kit
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The athletes' village at the Tour Down Under

The athletes' village at the Tour Down Under
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)
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Team Astana

Team Astana
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Can Gerald Ciolek discover the form that saw him compete with the best sprinters earlier in his career?

Can Gerald Ciolek discover the form that saw him compete with the best sprinters earlier in his career?
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The new Saxo Bank team kit was on show

The new Saxo Bank team kit was on show
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Giampaolo Caruso and Luca Paolini (Katusha)

Giampaolo Caruso and Luca Paolini (Katusha)
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Oscar Freire in his new Katusha team kit

Oscar Freire in his new Katusha team kit
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Marcus Burghardt and Rik Verbrugghe plan the day's training ride

Marcus Burghardt and Rik Verbrugghe plan the day's training ride
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Team Astana

Team Astana
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Valverde (Movistar) relaxes before his training ride

Valverde (Movistar) relaxes before his training ride
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Valverde (Movistar) is making his return after a doping ban

Valverde (Movistar) is making his return after a doping ban
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Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar) will aim to impress at the Tour Down Under

Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar) will aim to impress at the Tour Down Under
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Daniele Bennati (RadioShack Nissan) is a dark horse for the overall

Daniele Bennati (RadioShack Nissan) is a dark horse for the overall
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Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack Nissan) check over his new Trek bike

Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack Nissan) check over his new Trek bike
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Jens Voigt (RadioShack Nissan)

Jens Voigt (RadioShack Nissan)
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Team Astana

Team Astana
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The Euskaltel 2012 team bikes

The Euskaltel 2012 team bikes
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Luis Leon Sanchez

Luis Leon Sanchez
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Manuel Belletti and Matteo Montaguti

Manuel Belletti and Matteo Montaguti
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Australian road champion Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge)

Australian road champion Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge)
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Former race winner Andre Greipel (Lotto)

Former race winner Andre Greipel (Lotto)
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank)

Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank)
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
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Dmitri Konishev with Giampaolo Caruso and Luca Paolini (Katusha)

Dmitri Konishev with Giampaolo Caruso and Luca Paolini (Katusha)
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Dmitri Konishev with Giampaolo Caruso and Luca Paolini (Katusha)

Dmitri Konishev with Giampaolo Caruso and Luca Paolini (Katusha)
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC)

Alessandro Ballan (BMC)
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The BMC bikes ahead of their first training ride in Australia

The BMC bikes ahead of their first training ride in Australia
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
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Alessandro Ballan helps to make up a strong BMC team

Alessandro Ballan helps to make up a strong BMC team
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Takashi Miyazawa (Saxo Bank) heads out for a ride

Takashi Miyazawa (Saxo Bank) heads out for a ride
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Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack Nissan)

Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack Nissan)
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The 14th edition of the Tour Down Under starts next week and already a number of European and US teams have touched down in Adelaide, Australia ahead of the road season opener.

The six-stage race enters a new post-Armstrong era but still boasts some of the biggest names in the sport, and will see the GreenEdge team make their full collective debut. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) also makes his comeback after suspension but really the main aspect of the race is its position both as a WorldTour event and its standing as the first major event of the road season.

The Tour Down Under route itself has also been modified, with a shake-up in the form of the longed-for hill-top finish on Stage 5 at Old Willunga Hill along with a new classification process to be used for the first time for SKODA King of the Mountain climbs where Menglers Hill on Stage 4 and Old Willunga Hill on Stage 5 have received Cat 1 status.

But for now the riders and teams are become acclimatized to the weather. Their first collective day in Australia was spent out on the bike, as this gallery of images shows. The riders are all based in the same hotel, throughout the race.