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Gallery: Teams arrive in Adelaide for Tour Down Under

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Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEdge) in his new Australian champion jersey

Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEdge) in his new Australian champion jersey (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Blanco Pro Cycling team take a break

The Blanco Pro Cycling team take a break (Image credit: Sirotti)
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A fresh pair of cleats of Gilbert's world champion-themed DMT shoes

A fresh pair of cleats of Gilbert's world champion-themed DMT shoes (Image credit: Sirotti)
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A number of riders prefer to attend to the small details like cleats themselves

A number of riders prefer to attend to the small details like cleats themselves (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Gilbert takes no risks while waiting around in the Tour Village confines

Gilbert takes no risks while waiting around in the Tour Village confines (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Juraj Sagan makes an appearance at Tour Down Under this year

Juraj Sagan makes an appearance at Tour Down Under this year (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) is ready to roll out

Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) is ready to roll out (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Plenty of time for joking around prior to the start of the tour for Ag2r La Mondiale

Plenty of time for joking around prior to the start of the tour for Ag2r La Mondiale (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Team Ag2r-La Mondiale with a fresh batch of Focus bikes

Team Ag2r-La Mondiale with a fresh batch of Focus bikes (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The team of Cannondale Pro Cycling with plenty of matching accessories

The team of Cannondale Pro Cycling with plenty of matching accessories (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) should contribute to the week's action

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) should contribute to the week's action (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Saxo-Tinkoff's Takashi Miyazawa cruises around

Saxo-Tinkoff's Takashi Miyazawa cruises around (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Gilbert and Morabito make sure their cleats are positioned correctly

Gilbert and Morabito make sure their cleats are positioned correctly (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Even world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) made sure to wear his entry pass

Even world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) made sure to wear his entry pass (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi ready to battle the heat of Adelaide ahead of Down Under

Euskaltel-Euskadi ready to battle the heat of Adelaide ahead of Down Under (Image credit: Sirotti)
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It was a hot training ride Down Under for the Astana squad

It was a hot training ride Down Under for the Astana squad (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Lotto Belisol's Ridley fleet included a mix of Noah and Helium options

Lotto Belisol's Ridley fleet included a mix of Noah and Helium options (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Renshaw and Jack Bobridge (Blanco Pro Cycling) head back to the Hilton after training

Mark Renshaw and Jack Bobridge (Blanco Pro Cycling) head back to the Hilton after training (Image credit: Sirotti)
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André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) is a consistent performer in Australia

André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) is a consistent performer in Australia (Image credit: Sirotti)
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FDJ-BigMat's Lapierre bikes are yet to be updated for the new season

FDJ-BigMat's Lapierre bikes are yet to be updated for the new season (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) will be one to watch in the opening round of the WorldTour

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) will be one to watch in the opening round of the WorldTour (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Gorilla and his trusty Ridley Noah

The Gorilla and his trusty Ridley Noah (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Gilbert checks out the route for the day's training ride

Gilbert checks out the route for the day's training ride (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Greipel always arrives at Tour Down Under ready to strike

Greipel always arrives at Tour Down Under ready to strike (Image credit: Sirotti)
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André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) takes a stroll toward the Tour Village

André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) takes a stroll toward the Tour Village (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philipe Gilbert (BMC) would be a popular winner on the stage to Willunga

Philipe Gilbert (BMC) would be a popular winner on the stage to Willunga (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale were in Adelaide

Ag2r-La Mondiale were in Adelaide (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kashechkin was happy to be in Australia

Kashechkin was happy to be in Australia (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Guardini (Astana) was doing his best to work on his sock tan line

Guardini (Astana) was doing his best to work on his sock tan line (Image credit: Sirotti)
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U.S champion Timmy Duggan gives everything a final check

U.S champion Timmy Duggan gives everything a final check (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Jose Rojas (Movistar) will be amongst the bunch sprints

Jose Rojas (Movistar) will be amongst the bunch sprints (Image credit: Sirotti)
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FDJ waiting for the green light to head out in the Aussie sun

FDJ waiting for the green light to head out in the Aussie sun (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) is a contender for the bunch sprints

Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) is a contender for the bunch sprints (Image credit: Sirotti)
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RadioShack riders await the release of their 2013 team jersey

RadioShack riders await the release of their 2013 team jersey (Image credit: Sirotti)
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BMC team bikes awaiting daily duty ahead of Tour Down Under

BMC team bikes awaiting daily duty ahead of Tour Down Under (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) will look to get involved in the sprints at Tour Down Under

Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) will look to get involved in the sprints at Tour Down Under (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Shane Bannan and Australian road champ Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEdge)

Shane Bannan and Australian road champ Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEdge) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Astana mechanic Paolo Borselli wraps some new bartape onto Guardini's bike

Astana mechanic Paolo Borselli wraps some new bartape onto Guardini's bike (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck is starting his season in Australia after a difficult 2012

Andy Schleck is starting his season in Australia after a difficult 2012 (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) preparing for another Tour Down Under start

Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) preparing for another Tour Down Under start (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) checks his powermeter is working

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) checks his powermeter is working (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Stuart O'Grady (Orica GreenEdge) sat out the Australian Championships road race due to illness

Stuart O'Grady (Orica GreenEdge) sat out the Australian Championships road race due to illness (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Eros Capecchi and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) will hope to bring success to the team in place of last year's stage winner Alejandro Valverde

Eros Capecchi and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) will hope to bring success to the team in place of last year's stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Eros Capecchi (Movistar) ready for the Australian sun

Eros Capecchi (Movistar) ready for the Australian sun (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Federico Canuti rode for Liquigas-Cannondale in 2012

Federico Canuti rode for Liquigas-Cannondale in 2012 (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Cannondale team bikes polished and prepared for training

Cannondale team bikes polished and prepared for training (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi will no doubt ride aggressively throughout the week

Euskaltel-Euskadi will no doubt ride aggressively throughout the week (Image credit: Sirotti)
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"Call Me Maybe" Luke Durbridge would have received plenty of calls after his historic double win at the Australian Championships

"Call Me Maybe" Luke Durbridge would have received plenty of calls after his historic double win at the Australian Championships (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck was ready to unveil his new kit for 2013 until the race start

Andy Schleck was ready to unveil his new kit for 2013 until the race start (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck rolls around the Tour Village

Andy Schleck rolls around the Tour Village (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Team Astana bikes are fitted with Campagnolo EPS electronic groupsets this year

Team Astana bikes are fitted with Campagnolo EPS electronic groupsets this year (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) will be the man to watch during the People's Choice Classic criterium

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) will be the man to watch during the People's Choice Classic criterium (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andrea Guardini (Astana) getting ready for a training ride in Adelaide

Andrea Guardini (Astana) getting ready for a training ride in Adelaide (Image credit: Sirotti)

The official start to the 2013 season has nearly begun as teams arrive in Adelaide this week for the Santos Tour Down Under. The opening round of the WorldTour officially starts next Tuesday 22 January but the action kicks-off this Sunday evening with the People's Choice Classic criterium.

A number of riders and teams will be busy this week fine-tuning their equipment after a long journey Down Under while some of the local riders will travel to Adelaide later in the week.

Amongst the riders and teams to arrive was Luke Durbridge who was seen sporting his new Australian champion jersey. The entire Orica GreenEdge team had been one of the first teams to arrive after shipping out from Ballarat at the conclusion of the Australian Road Race Championships on Sunday night.

Andy Schleck was wearing a standard Craft jersey suggesting the revised 2013 RadioShack kit will be ready closer to the tour's start - following Nissan's sponsorship withdrawal in late 2012.

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) and Andrea Guardini (Astana) were also in attendance and should be in the thick of the action during bunch sprints.