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.
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