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Koalas, kangaroos and snakes, the Tour Down Under team presentation - Gallery

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Say cheese. Esteban Chaves gets his photo taken with a chilled looking koala

Say cheese. Esteban Chaves gets his photo taken with a chilled looking koala
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Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott)

Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott)
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Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott)

Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott)
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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
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Team Dimension Data at the TDU

Team Dimension Data at the TDU
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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
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Geraint Thomas (Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Sky)
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Sven Erik Bystrøm and Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin)

Sven Erik Bystrøm and Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin)
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Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors

Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors
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Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)
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Lachlan Morton debuts with Dimension Data at Tour Down Under

Lachlan Morton debuts with Dimension Data at Tour Down Under
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Matti Breschel (Astana)

Matti Breschel (Astana)
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Lorenzo Manzin (FDJ)

Lorenzo Manzin (FDJ)
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Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo)
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Ben Swift (UAE Abu Dhabi)

Ben Swift (UAE Abu Dhabi)
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Louis Meintjes (UAE Abu Dhabi)

Louis Meintjes (UAE Abu Dhabi)
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Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo)

Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo)
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Nathan Earle (UniSA)

Nathan Earle (UniSA)
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Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data)

Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data)
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Martin Velits (Quick-Step Floors

Martin Velits (Quick-Step Floors
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Aboriginal performers at the TDU team presentation

Aboriginal performers at the TDU team presentation
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Janez Brajkovic (Bahrain-Merida)

Janez Brajkovic (Bahrain-Merida)
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Koen de Kort and Trek Segafredo hospitality manager Nathalie Desmarets with a snake

Koen de Kort and Trek Segafredo hospitality manager Nathalie Desmarets with a snake
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Robert Gesink takes a selfie with a koala

Robert Gesink takes a selfie with a koala
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Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo)

Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo)
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Gianluca Brambilla and Eros Capecchi share the kangaroo love

Gianluca Brambilla and Eros Capecchi share the kangaroo love
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Niccolo Bonifazio shows off his new friend

Niccolo Bonifazio shows off his new friend
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A snake gets a feel for the Bahrain-Merida's bike for the 2017 season

A snake gets a feel for the Bahrain-Merida's bike for the 2017 season
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Francois Bidard (AG2R-La Mondiale)

Francois Bidard (AG2R-La Mondiale)
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Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo)

Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo)
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Enric Mas and Petr Vokoc cradle some baby kangaroos

Enric Mas and Petr Vokoc cradle some baby kangaroos
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Esteban Chaves will race in Australia for the first time

Esteban Chaves will race in Australia for the first time
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Diego Ulissi and Marco Marcato

Diego Ulissi and Marco Marcato
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Yukia Arashiro is happy to see this koala

Yukia Arashiro is happy to see this koala
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Danny van Poppel takes his turn with the baby kangaroo

Danny van Poppel takes his turn with the baby kangaroo
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Owain Doull (Team Sky)

Owain Doull (Team Sky)
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Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)
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Petr Vakoc stands next to a koala

Petr Vakoc stands next to a koala
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Lotto-Soudal's James Shaw with a baby kangaroo

Lotto-Soudal's James Shaw with a baby kangaroo
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Amael Moinard with a koala

Amael Moinard with a koala
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The Tour Down Under has become synonymous with pictures of riders and some of the local Australian wildlife.

With the start of the race just a few days away, the riders congregated in In Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga to be introduced to the crowds and a team of snakes, koalas and baby kangaroos at the team presentation.

On Sunday, the riders will get their first opportunity to test their racing legs in the People’s Choice Classic with the main event beginning on Tuesday. Local hopes will be on riders such as Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott). Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) is also seen as a potential contender, even if his big ambitions lie later in the season.

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