Tour Down Under stage one in pictures

Selection of images from the opening stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under in Australia on Tuesday, January 19 - Photos by Graham Watson

The opening day of the opening WorldTour race of the 2016 season provided excitement as emerging sprint talent Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) out-paced his rivals to put himself into the leader’s jersey in Adelaide.

Despite cloudy skies, the stage was run off in hot conditions with the thermometer nudging 40°C. Riders made frequent visits to the team car to top up on fluids.

Several riders were making their debut for new teams at the top level. Yorkshireman Adam Blythe placed fifth on the stage in his WorldTour debut for Tinkoff. Ryder Hesjedal was in Trek-Segafredo colours after an off-season swap from Cannondale; and Australian champion Jack Bobridge returns to the WorldTour, also with Trek.