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Round one of the Downhill World Cup series has been run and won and much of the talk surrounded the move to 29-inch wheels.

The Santa Cruz Syndicate was the first big team to roll up to the start line of a World Cup round with the big wheels and since then Mondraker has come out of the closet with Danny Hart racing a round of the British Downhill Series aboard a 29er.

This extended 18 minute video provides a look behind the pre-season testing that the Syndicate did, with riders like Greg Minnar, Loris Vergier and Luca Shaw offering their thoughts on the new V10 29er.

It certainly looks like an interesting World Cup race season ahead!

Bicycling Australia

Caleb Ewan has secured his first win of the 2018 Tour Down Under - the nuggety sprinter managing to hold on over a rolling finishing circuit before being led to a stunning win by his Mitchelton Scott teammates.

Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel has notched yet another stage win to his impressive Tour Down Under record, the German sprint star powering to victory at the end of Tuesday’s 145km Stage 1 from Port Adelaide to Lyndoch.

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan has started his 2018 season with a bang, outsprinting Andre Greipel and Caleb Ewan to victory in the People's Choice Classic in Adelaide.