On Sunday the elite of professional cycling will officially descend on Valkenburg, Holland, for the start of the 2012 Worlds. The championships begin with the reintroduction of the team time trial – last seen in 1994 - with teams from the women’s and means trade team pelotons competing over a technical parcours.
The women will race over 34.2 km, while the men, who start later in the day, will compete over a distance of 53.2 km. Both sets of teams will start with six riders with squads timed after the fourth rider crosses the finish line.
A number of teams have been training on the course for several days but Friday marked a chance for riders to train on Zolder's race track. BMC, Sky, Lampre and a host of other teams were among those that tested themselves on the track before testing the actual Worlds course on Saturday.