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Movistar riders dive in

Movistar riders dive in
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Temperatures as high as 47 degrees celsius were seen during the race

Temperatures as high as 47 degrees celsius were seen during the race
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Damien Howson arrives with a splash

Damien Howson arrives with a splash
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The Mitchelton-Scott stage debrief

The Mitchelton-Scott stage debrief
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Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White also had a cool down

Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White also had a cool down
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Mathew Hayman and Daryl Impey

Mathew Hayman and Daryl Impey
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Simon Gerrans and Owain Doull enjoy the view

Simon Gerrans and Owain Doull enjoy the view
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Most teams had a post-race swim

Most teams had a post-race swim
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Last year's winner Richie Porte also embarced the opportunity for a cool down

Last year's winner Richie Porte also embarced the opportunity for a cool down
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Robert Gesink also took a dip

Robert Gesink also took a dip
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Nathan Haas pretends to be a mermaid

Nathan Haas pretends to be a mermaid
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Bennett enjoyed a recovery drink in the water

Bennett enjoyed a recovery drink in the water
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Riders were getting through over ten bottles each during the stage

Riders were getting through over ten bottles each during the stage
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George Bennett joins Haas for a dip

George Bennett joins Haas for a dip
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Nathan Haas led the charge into the water

Nathan Haas led the charge into the water
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The team buses were just metres from the sandy beach of Victor Harbor

The team buses were just metres from the sandy beach of Victor Harbor
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Jack Bauer joins his Mitchelton-Scott teammates

Jack Bauer joins his Mitchelton-Scott teammates
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On stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under, temperatures peaked at 47 degrees Celsius, or around 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

A decision was made following stage 2 of the race that the third stage would be shortened due to health concerns for both riders and spectators alike, and in conjunction with the UCI's extreme weather protocol.

For each of the riders racing, hydration was key and more than eighty bottles were used by some of the WorldTour teams in an attempt to manage the extreme heat.

At the stage finish in Victor Harbor, riders took the opportunity for a post-race cool-down with a dip in the sea. A short run across the sand and a quick swim following the stage offered an antidote to the days racing in sweltering Australian summer.

Stage winner Elia Viviani and the other jersey wearers missed out on the cool-down due to podium commitments, while Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) led the charge to the water and the rest of the peloton and even some team directors joining soon afterwards.

Click through the gallery above for the post-stage 3 cool down.