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Riders arrive for the Tour Down Under - Gallery

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Richie Porte (BMC)

Richie Porte (BMC)
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Australian national champion Jack Bobridge heads out for a ride

Australian national champion Jack Bobridge heads out for a ride
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Jack Bobridge in his green and gold national jesey

Jack Bobridge in his green and gold national jesey
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Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)
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Richie Porte (BMC)

Richie Porte (BMC)
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Richie Porte (BMC)

Richie Porte (BMC)
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Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) with race director Mike Turtur

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) with race director Mike Turtur
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Rohan Dennis (BMC)

Rohan Dennis (BMC)
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Richie Porte (BMC)

Richie Porte (BMC)
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Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte

Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte
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BMC gets ready for Tour Down Under

BMC gets ready for Tour Down Under
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Real BMC riders and their photographic counterparts

Real BMC riders and their photographic counterparts
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Rein Taaramae (Katusha)

Rein Taaramae (Katusha)
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The Etixx-Quickstep team for Tour Down Under

The Etixx-Quickstep team for Tour Down Under
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Martin Velits (Etixx-Quickstep)

Martin Velits (Etixx-Quickstep)
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Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Etixx-Quickstep)

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Etixx-Quickstep)
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Czech champion Petr Vakoc (Etixx-Quickstep)

Czech champion Petr Vakoc (Etixx-Quickstep)
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Davide Martinelli (Etixx-Quickstep)

Davide Martinelli (Etixx-Quickstep)
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The Cannondale team gets ready to ride

The Cannondale team gets ready to ride
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Cyril Gautier and his AG2R La Mondiale teammates

Cyril Gautier and his AG2R La Mondiale teammates
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Tiago Machado (Katusha)

Tiago Machado (Katusha)
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Swiss champion Danilo Wyss with BMC director Allan Pieper

Swiss champion Danilo Wyss with BMC director Allan Pieper
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Nathan Haas models the Dimension Data kit

Nathan Haas models the Dimension Data kit
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Teams have been gathering in and around Adelaide, Australia, for more than a week now to prepare for the start of the Santos Tour Down Under, the first WorldTour race of 2016.

Rohan Dennis, BMC's Australian defending champion, didn't have to travel far, but others from Katusha, Dimension Data, Cannondale and Etixx-QuickStep have made the journey to the Southern Hemisphere.

The six-stage race begins on Tuesday, January 19, with a 130.8km opener from Prospect to Lyndoch, and continues on January 20 with a 132km stage from Unley to Stirling. Stage 3 takes riders over 139km from Glenelg to Campbelltown, followed by a 138km stage from Norwood to Victor Harbor on Friday, January 22. The infamous Wilunga Hill stage takes place on Saturday with the 151.5km route that starts in McLaren Vale. The race concludes Saturday with a 90km criterium-like stage in Adelaide.

Cyclingnews will be on the ground there next week to bring you all the action, but for now you can check out the gallery above to see the teams and riders getting ready for their season opener.

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