Photo gallery: Stage 1 of the 2017 Tour Down Under

by Matt de Neef

Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under was hot. 40ºC hot. Shorten-the-stage-by-more-than-20km hot. In the end the result was much the same as it might have been otherwise – victory for Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott). He did the same thing 12 months ago, winning the same stage in the same town (Lyndoch).

Ewan now wears the leader’s ochre jersey and will do so when the riders battle the race’s toughest stage to Paracombe tomorrow. It’s sure to be a cracking day of bike racing, but before then, enjoy the following photos from day 1 of the 2017 TDU.

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