Where to spot the TDU cycling stars


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It’s that time of year again where the streets of Adelaide are taken over with bikes and lyrca from all over the globe. If you’re looking to bump into some of your cycling heroes this week during the Tour Down Under, here are their favourite places to hang out while in Adelaide.

LATTES AND LYCRA

It goes without saying that coffee and cycling go hand-in-hand. Cycling fans wanting to catch a glimpse or get a cheeky autograph of their cycling heroes need look no further than their local barista.

media_cameraPeter Sagan, right, takes a coffee break with team officials at Henley Beach. Picture: MATT LOXTON/AAP   

Fairtrade Espresso in the Adelaide Central Market Arcade has become the coffee house of choice for many teams. Cycling royalty Peter Sagan and the BORA-Hansgrohe posse, including best friends Daniel Oss and Oscar Gatto, have been getting their caffeine fix daily.

Malobo, at Henley Square, is the seaside spot for the Deceuninck-Quickstep guys.

The Trek-Segafredo team has called Caffe Linconto in the Adelaide Arcade their second

home, with special appearances for the fans.

CIBO Espresso, in Gouger St, is an annual staple for lycra lads and gals wanting to sip an espresso and watch the world go by after training.

Or you can grab a latte from the new-look Grinders on Tour Café that opened yesterday for the first time in the City of Adelaide Tour Village, with the set-up fresh from the Bird Cage at last year’s Melbourne Cup.

LICK YOUR LIPS

With scorching temperatures predicted for most of the week, St Louis House of Ice Cream, in Gouger St, is perfect for star-spotting and to beat the heat. Spotted there on Thursday evening was Team Skysoaking up the city scene.

BAY CITY ROLLERS

The Moseley Bar and Kitchen has been transformed into the cycling city by the sea, with Trek-Segafredo taking up residency at the Glenelg establishment.

media_cameraRichie Porte is debuting for Trek-Segafredo.

Throughout the week, see their riders, including Australian star Richie Porte who is debuting with the team.

WE ARE THE WORLD

The UAE Team Emirates ridershave been experiencing local hospitality at its finest at North Adelaide’s Ruby Red Flamingo. The team has soaked up the ambience of Mediterranean fare and attentive service. With 11 international press officers in Adelaide for the Santos TDU, the PR and media team also dined with their riders at Mexican Society, in Gouger St, to discuss the cycling season ahead and compare notes for the TDU.

GOOD SPORTS

After touching down in Adelaide, international media identities Leon de Kort and Dion Kerckhoffs headed to Cooper’s Stadium to watch Adelaide United in action

against Melbourne Victory.

Over at the World Tennis Challenge at Memorial Drive, the CCC Team sat courtside alongside VIPs to watch the likes of Pat Cash, Eugenie Bouchard, Fernando Verdasco and Borna Coric.

Meanwhile, Australia’s only WorldTour team, Mitchelton-Scott, were treated like kings at the Adelaide Strikers’ Big Bash game at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. With a hometown victory over the Melbourne Stars, the locals were happy with the result.

THE VOICE

The international voice of cycling, Phil Liggett, landed during the week to an

outpouring of love.

media_cameraPhil Liggett is as popular as the cyclists at the Tour Down Under

Returning to the TDU for the 21st consecutive year, Phil took time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit to the Seven newsroom to meet the team and celebrate the new TDU partnership.

The pied piper of cycling, Phil has had the fans swamping him each day as he heads out on his daily ride from Boccelli Café, in Hutt St.


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