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Peter Sagan, Porte, Ewan prepare for Tour Down Under - Gallery

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Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) under slightly cloudy skies

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) under slightly cloudy skies
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Peter Sagan is wearing some new, brightly-coloured shoes

Peter Sagan is wearing some new, brightly-coloured shoes
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The massive marquee used by teams at the Tour Down Under

The massive marquee used by teams at the Tour Down Under
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Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) enjoys his coffee stop during training

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) enjoys his coffee stop during training
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EF Education First-Drapac in their pink racing colours

EF Education First-Drapac in their pink racing colours
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It's time to ride

It's time to ride
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Dani Moreno joined EF Education First-Drapac for 2018

Dani Moreno joined EF Education First-Drapac for 2018
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The EF Education First-Drapac rider load their pockets before training

The EF Education First-Drapac rider load their pockets before training
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Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo)

Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo)
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Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) in the green and gold

Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) in the green and gold
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Movistar get ready to move

Movistar get ready to move
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Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis lead off the BMC ride

Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis lead off the BMC ride
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Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)
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Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)
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Richie Porte (BMC) looks lean and ready to race

Richie Porte (BMC) looks lean and ready to race
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Some Trek-Segafredo riders are on disc brakes

Some Trek-Segafredo riders are on disc brakes
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Richie Porte (BMC) does an interview before his ride

Richie Porte (BMC) does an interview before his ride
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New Australian national champion Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott)

New Australian national champion Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott)
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UAE Team Emirates plan their ride

UAE Team Emirates plan their ride
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Bahrain-Merida quietly clock up the kilometres

Bahrain-Merida quietly clock up the kilometres
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The Bora-hansgrohe riders stop for a drink

The Bora-hansgrohe riders stop for a drink
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Daniel Oss (Bora-hansgrohe)

Daniel Oss (Bora-hansgrohe)
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Two Bora-hansgrohe rider avoid a crash

Two Bora-hansgrohe rider avoid a crash
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Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)
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As the days count down to the start of the 2018 WorldTour with the Tour Down Under, riders have been focusing on final training and race reconnaissance as they also work off the effects of jet lag. All the teams have now arrived for the race and have confirmed their rosters.

The Santos Women’s Tour kicked with a sprint victory for Adelaide local Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High 5), while the men must wait until Sunday for the People’s Choice Classic criterium on Sunday evening. The six-stage Tour Down Under begins next Tuesday.

Riders faced slightly overcast skies on Thursday but sunblock was still vital for the Australian summer and temperatures stayed high. Forecasts expect temperatures to exceed 35°C during the race.

For now, riders are relaxed and enjoying the weather as the days count down to the racing.

World champion Peter Sagan again rode with his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates, even enjoying a coffee stop and cake mid-ride. Sam Bennett revealed to Cyclingnews that he had been hit by a cold. The Irish sprinter trained on Thursday but has missed several days in the saddle. He hopes to race on Sunday and be ready for the Tour Down Under.

Riders gather in the massive tent outside the Adelaide Hilton before training. They often spend time with team mechanics to make final tweaks to their bikes and equipment. Training rides are carefully planned, with a team car almost always following the riders in case of punctures and emergencies.

The UAE Team Emirates riders went koala spotting during their ride, with Diego Ulissi and Manuel Mori happy to have found one.

EF Education First-Drapac showed off their new pink racing kit as they headed out on Thursday, while Trek-Segafredo trained in their bright yellow kit. Trek-Segafredo will have an all-red jersey for the Tour Down Under and other races, while EF Education First-Drapac also have a bright orange training kit.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a look at who has been out training and what riders look like in their 2018 kit.

To read the 2018 Tour Down Under race preview, click here. And for the regularly updated start list for the race, click here.