2012 Tour Down Under: Riders and teams prepare

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The steps outside the Adelaide Hilton show the names of past winners of the Tour Down Under.  This year's edition begins next week.
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Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan), ready for another season.  His last in the pro peloton?
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Daniele Bennati (RadioShack-Nissan) checks out his bike before going out for a ride
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Bennati
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A team mechanic makes adjustments for Bennati
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Linus Gerdemann is also getting help from a RadioShack-Nissan team mechanic
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Gerdemann is ready to go
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Italians Manuel Belletti and Matteo Montaguti (AG2R-La Mondiale) pose for a photo
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Belletti
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Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge), Australia's road national champion, won the 2006 Tour Down Under
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Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) won the Tour Down Under in 2008 and 2010
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Oscar Freire has swapped his Rabobank kit for that of Katusha Team
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Freire
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New bike for Freire as well
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Alessandro Ballan and Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing
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Ballan
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Marcus Burghardt and BMC directeur sportif Rik Verbrugghe look at a map before going out on a training ride.
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BMC Racing bikes, ready to roll
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Takashi Miyazawa of Japan rides for Team Saxo Bank
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Saxo Bank riders in the new team kit
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre ISD)
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Luis Leon Sanchez, a 2005 TdU winner, will lead Rabobank at the 2012 edition of the race
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Sanchez
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Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
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Alejandro Valverde, back from his doping ban, now rides for Movistar
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Valverde
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The Movistar team for Tour Down Under
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