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.
Welshman Geraint Thomas is interviewed ahead of the stage start. He leads Sky, and hopes to place well overall.
Rising star Caleb Ewan already has a solid fanbase in his native Australia, which will grow as the wins keep coming in.
British road race champion Peter Kennaugh (Sky) stops off to sign an autograph.
Ian Stannard takes a trip to the team car. He will play a support role in the TDU before embarking on his classics campaign in Europe.
British sprinter Ben Swift placed seventh on the stage.
The peloton chases the escape group as they pass over a bridge during stage one.
Ryder Hesjedal made his WorldTour debut for new team Trek-Segafredo.
Newly-crowned Australian road race champion Jack Bobridge is a solid outside bet for a podium placing in the TDU.
Caleb Ewan prevailed in the bunch sprint finale.
Brit rider Adam Blythe takes on some fluids after placing fifth on the stage.
Only in Australia: The peloton pass a kangaroo sign.
Caleb Ewan talks to the media after receiving his first ever WorldTour race leader's jersey.
Luke Rowe is part of Sky's strong line-up at the TDU as he builds towards the classics.
The peloton sweeps through the scenic route from Prospect to Lyndoch.
Stage winner Caleb Ewan accepts the race leader's jersey.
Aussie fastman Caleb Ewan takes his first WorldTour win of 2016 - surely not his last?
Alexis Gougeard leads the escape group.
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Geraint Thomas kept himself out of trouble during the stage to finish 51st at the same time as stage winner Ewan.