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Cadel Evans rode the 2010 edition of the race as the world champion

Cadel Evans rode the 2010 edition of the race as the world champion
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The jersey winners from 2006 with Simon Gerrans taking the overall

The jersey winners from 2006 with Simon Gerrans taking the overall
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In a reversal of 2012, Simon Gerrans won the Willunga Hill stage but lost the overall to Tom-Jelte Slagter

In a reversal of 2012, Simon Gerrans won the Willunga Hill stage but lost the overall to Tom-Jelte Slagter
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Burnt out areas like this are a reminder of how devastating bush fires can be

Burnt out areas like this are a reminder of how devastating bush fires can be
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The first time the Tour Down Under finished in Paracombe, it was Rohan Dennis taking the win and setting up his GC victory

The first time the Tour Down Under finished in Paracombe, it was Rohan Dennis taking the win and setting up his GC victory
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Cadel Evans rode a commemorative BMC bike during his final appearance at the race in 2015

Cadel Evans rode a commemorative BMC bike during his final appearance at the race in 2015
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While the stage 6 city criterium is a largely enjoyable and relaxed day, accidents can still happen

While the stage 6 city criterium is a largely enjoyable and relaxed day, accidents can still happen
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Cadel Evans fighting to hold on to the ochre jersey during the race but ultimately couldn't hold off Simon Gerrans who took the 2014 title

Cadel Evans fighting to hold on to the ochre jersey during the race but ultimately couldn't hold off Simon Gerrans who took the 2014 title
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The Willunga Hill stage is best attended of all race days on the Australian calendar

The Willunga Hill stage is best attended of all race days on the Australian calendar
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The Corkscrew climb has quickly become a key feature of the race

The Corkscrew climb has quickly become a key feature of the race
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The twilight criterium on the eve of the race attracts the fans and kicks off the racing at the Tour Down Under

The twilight criterium on the eve of the race attracts the fans and kicks off the racing at the Tour Down Under
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Champagne time for the 2013 Tour Down Under jersey winners

Champagne time for the 2013 Tour Down Under jersey winners
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An umbrella helps keep the sun off during the hot and sunny days

An umbrella helps keep the sun off during the hot and sunny days
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Rohan Dennis has time to check his phone during the 2015 edition of the race which he won

Rohan Dennis has time to check his phone during the 2015 edition of the race which he won
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Simon Gerrans takes in the moment having sealed his fourth overall Tour Down Under victory

Simon Gerrans takes in the moment having sealed his fourth overall Tour Down Under victory
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Richie Porte riding to his third straight win on Willunga Hill in 2016

Richie Porte riding to his third straight win on Willunga Hill in 2016
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Adam Hansen takes a beer from the fans on Willunga Hill. The queen stage is usually packed with the fans

Adam Hansen takes a beer from the fans on Willunga Hill. The queen stage is usually packed with the fans
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The seaside town of Glenelg is regular host of stages at the Tour Down Under

The seaside town of Glenelg is regular host of stages at the Tour Down Under
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Photos of former pros with joeys is a given at the Tour Down Under

Photos of former pros with joeys is a given at the Tour Down Under
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Just in case the riders forget which country they are racing in

Just in case the riders forget which country they are racing in
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The finish at Stirling is always a fan favorite with the riders completing several laps before the slightly uphill finish

The finish at Stirling is always a fan favorite with the riders completing several laps before the slightly uphill finish
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Petr 'The snake charmer' Vakoč

Petr 'The snake charmer' Vakoč
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The race takes in Aldinga Beach during the Willunga Hill stage

The race takes in Aldinga Beach during the Willunga Hill stage
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The Norton Summit climb made its debut in the race last year and returns in 2017. The 5km climb offers views of the CBD and is one of the favourite climbs for the locals

The Norton Summit climb made its debut in the race last year and returns in 2017. The 5km climb offers views of the CBD and is one of the favourite climbs for the locals
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2001 Tour Down Under champion Stuart O'Grady salutes his home crowd

2001 Tour Down Under champion Stuart O'Grady salutes his home crowd
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2011 winner Cameron Meyer of the Garmin team

2011 winner Cameron Meyer of the Garmin team
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Team Sky go one-two with Greg Henderson and CJ Sutton in the pre-race Down Under criterium in 2010

Team Sky go one-two with Greg Henderson and CJ Sutton in the pre-race Down Under criterium in 2010
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The GreenEdge team line up for the 2012 edition of the race

The GreenEdge team line up for the 2012 edition of the race
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André Greipel collects one of his many prizes from his Tour Down Under. This time it's a Driza-Bone rain coat

André Greipel collects one of his many prizes from his Tour Down Under. This time it's a Driza-Bone rain coat
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Will Clarke won a memorable stage into Stirling with the UniSA team

Will Clarke won a memorable stage into Stirling with the UniSA team
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Former world champion Óscar Freire won a stage of the race when with Katusha

Former world champion Óscar Freire won a stage of the race when with Katusha
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Alejandro Valverde won the stage up Willunga in 2012 but it was Simon Gerrans celebrating the overall

Alejandro Valverde won the stage up Willunga in 2012 but it was Simon Gerrans celebrating the overall
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Simon Gerrans wins the second of his four Tour Down Under titles

Simon Gerrans wins the second of his four Tour Down Under titles
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Baden Cooke celebrates one of his four Tour Down Under stage wins

Baden Cooke celebrates one of his four Tour Down Under stage wins
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Mikel Astarloza (AG2R Prévoyance) is one of two Spanish riders have to have the race

Mikel Astarloza (AG2R Prévoyance) is one of two Spanish riders have to have the race
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Fabio Sacchi brought some European fashion to the 2002 edition of the race

Fabio Sacchi brought some European fashion to the 2002 edition of the race
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Robbie McEwen winning a stage of the race back in 2002

Robbie McEwen winning a stage of the race back in 2002
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Ben Day gets the stage win in 2005 for the national wildcard team

Ben Day gets the stage win in 2005 for the national wildcard team
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Baden Cooke gets the final stage win of the 2004 Tour Down Under

Baden Cooke gets the final stage win of the 2004 Tour Down Under
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Mark Renshaw is one of numerous Australian's to have led the Tour Down Under

Mark Renshaw is one of numerous Australian's to have led the Tour Down Under
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Andre Greipel, winning here in 2008, holds the record of most Tour Down Under stage wins

Andre Greipel, winning here in 2008, holds the record of most Tour Down Under stage wins
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Mark Cavendish showing the effects of a crash when he rode the race in 2011

Mark Cavendish showing the effects of a crash when he rode the race in 2011
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Michael Matthews celebrating his first WorldTour win at the 2011 Tour Down Under

Michael Matthews celebrating his first WorldTour win at the 2011 Tour Down Under
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Matt Goss wins the 2011 Cancer Council Classic

Matt Goss wins the 2011 Cancer Council Classic
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Robbie McEwen riding away for yet another Tour Down Under stage win

Robbie McEwen riding away for yet another Tour Down Under stage win
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Temperatures into the 40's are common at the Tour Down Under but the riders still manage to smile

Temperatures into the 40's are common at the Tour Down Under but the riders still manage to smile
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It was a colorful peloton contesting the Tour Down Under back in 2000

It was a colorful peloton contesting the Tour Down Under back in 2000
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A wheelie from Robbie McEwen gets the crowd going

A wheelie from Robbie McEwen gets the crowd going
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The ONCE-Eroski squad celebrate winning the 2003 team prize with their boomerangs on the podium

The ONCE-Eroski squad celebrate winning the 2003 team prize with their boomerangs on the podium
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A young Philippe Gilbert wins the U23 award in 2004

A young Philippe Gilbert wins the U23 award in 2004
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LL Sanchez and Alberto Contador cross the line together back in 2005

LL Sanchez and Alberto Contador cross the line together back in 2005
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Martin Elmiger's 2007 victory was the fourth in race history for AG2R Prévoyance

Martin Elmiger's 2007 victory was the fourth in race history for AG2R Prévoyance
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Allan Davis won the stage into Victor Harbor in 2008

Allan Davis won the stage into Victor Harbor in 2008
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Lance Armstrong and Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel with the press ahead of the race in 2009

Lance Armstrong and Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel with the press ahead of the race in 2009
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Robbie McEwan enjoys his victory lap after his 2009 Down Under Classic criterium win

Robbie McEwan enjoys his victory lap after his 2009 Down Under Classic criterium win
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Lance Armstrong attracted a large following when he rode the race in 2009 with Astana

Lance Armstrong attracted a large following when he rode the race in 2009 with Astana
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Lance Armstrong returned to the race in 2010 with his RadioShack team

Lance Armstrong returned to the race in 2010 with his RadioShack team
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Champagne time for the 2010 jersey winners

Champagne time for the 2010 jersey winners
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Mark Renshaw celebrates winning a stage of the Tour Down Under during his Crédit Agricole days

Mark Renshaw celebrates winning a stage of the Tour Down Under during his Crédit Agricole days

The 2016 season is far from over, yet it's now less than three months until the 2017 WorldTour gets underway in South Australia with the 19th running of the Tour Down Under. The race starts with the Saturday, 15 January People's Choice Classic before getting underway with gusto on Tuesday, January 17 with the 145km stage 1 from Unley to Lyndoch, and concludes Sunday, 22 January with an Adelaide city circuit.

Since its 1999 debut, won by Stuart O'Grady, the Tour Down Under has become a key early-season race and has regularly attracted the biggest names in the sport. The 2017 edition will continue that trend with world champion Peter Sagan confirmed to start his Bora-hansgrohe career in Adelaide, with more riders to be confirmed over the coming months.

With less than 100 days to go until the start of the race, Cyclingnews has put together a retrospective gallery of the race as we start our countdown to the start of the Tour Down Under.

For a close look at the photographs, slick or swipe through the gallery above.