At least the stage finished by the sea so they could go for a post-race swim

To say that it’s been a tad hot at the Tour Down Under this week would be somewhat of an understatement, with race organisers having to shorten Thursday’s stage three by 26km and bringing the start of stage four forward by an hour so the riders avoid the worse of the afternoon heat.

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With even the Australian riders struggling with the heat in the middle of the southern hemisphere summer, it’s no surprise that there were plenty of riders and teams posting on social media about their attempts to deal with the heat.

Riders were understandably reluctant to venture out from the shade and away from the ice boxes at the start of the stage.

Plenty of teams posted photos of the thermometers in their cars to show off the sweltering temperatures

But some of the riders’ Garmins were showing even higher temperatures

Spare a thought for some of the journos who were cooped up in a stuffy press room

Team Sunweb had a clever way of keeping their riders cool (while Chris Hamilton won the award for Hashtag of the Day)

@teamsunweb being cooler than most 😎 #seemyvest #tdu 📸 @lotdeux

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Tiago Machado didn’t seem to mind the heat too much, launching a futile late attack

While Thomas De Gendt was back in the pack looking forward to freezing rain and driving crosswinds at Paris-Nice

Simon Clarke was among those who looked pretty drained at the finish

But at least the sea was close at hand for the rider to enjoy a quick dip to cool down

Refreshing after a hot stage on @tourdownunder!

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Refreshing after a hot stage on @tourdownunder!

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Unfortunately not all of the riders were able to enjoy a post-race swim, although race organisers made sure that a cooling fan was available for stage winner Elia Viviani.

Meanwhile happy birthday to Miles Scotson, who was given a very suitable type of cake by his team

And finally spare a thought for one Quebecois rider (who we assume to be FDJ‘s Antoine Duchesne), who has gone from -40ºC to +40ºC, while also having to ride a WorldTour bike race. Chapeau!