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AG2R La Mondiale head up the mountain for pre-season camp - Gallery

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Samuel Dumoulin picks up the speed

Samuel Dumoulin picks up the speed
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Those not skiing head out for a hike

Those not skiing head out for a hike
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Team manager Vincent Lavenu

Team manager Vincent Lavenu
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Victorious

Victorious
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Oliver Naesen takes a tumble in the cross-country ski race

Oliver Naesen takes a tumble in the cross-country ski race
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A fat-bike race to finish the relay competition

A fat-bike race to finish the relay competition
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A chalet stop for coffee and vin chaud

A chalet stop for coffee and vin chaud
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Strapping in

Strapping in
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The hikers strap themselves into their snow raquettes

The hikers strap themselves into their snow raquettes
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Romain Bardet gets ready to go

Romain Bardet gets ready to go
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Silvan Dillier leads the way

Silvan Dillier leads the way
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Romain Bardet takes in the views

Romain Bardet takes in the views
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Romain Bardet tackles the course from the opposite direction, much to the surprise of his teammates

Romain Bardet tackles the course from the opposite direction, much to the surprise of his teammates
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Romain Bardet out on the skis

Romain Bardet out on the skis
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Alexis Vuillermoz rounds a bend at speed

Alexis Vuillermoz rounds a bend at speed
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A beautiful day for a ski

A beautiful day for a ski
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There were some very tentative descenders

There were some very tentative descenders
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The race is on

The race is on
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Down in the shooting gallery

Down in the shooting gallery
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Tony Gallopin on the fat-bike

Tony Gallopin on the fat-bike
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Down in the shooting position

Down in the shooting position
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One of the riders takes aim at the targets

One of the riders takes aim at the targets
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Those not skiing head out for a hike

Those not skiing head out for a hike
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New signing Jakko Hanninen

New signing Jakko Hanninen
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Directuer sportif Julien Jurdie

Directuer sportif Julien Jurdie
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The fat-bikes were equipped with electric motors for the steeper sections

The fat-bikes were equipped with electric motors for the steeper sections
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Silvan Dillier heads uphill

Silvan Dillier heads uphill
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Romain Bardet shows off his well-honed technique

Romain Bardet shows off his well-honed technique
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The AG2R riders challenged each other on the cross country skis

The AG2R riders challenged each other on the cross country skis
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Gediminas Bagdonas on the skis

Gediminas Bagdonas on the skis
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Romain Bardet crests one of the climbs

Romain Bardet crests one of the climbs
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Benoit Cosnefroy on the fat-bike

Benoit Cosnefroy on the fat-bike
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The riders took to a rolling 3km course

The riders took to a rolling 3km course
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New signing Larry Warbasse opts for snowhoes after crashing on the skis the previous day

New signing Larry Warbasse opts for snowhoes after crashing on the skis the previous day
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Oliver Naesen's unorthadox skiing technique

Oliver Naesen's unorthadox skiing technique
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Silvan Dillier on the skis

Silvan Dillier on the skis
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Stijn Vandenbergh on the luge

Stijn Vandenbergh on the luge
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The second leg of the relay competition was a luge run

The second leg of the relay competition was a luge run
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Training camps don't often come with this kind of scenery

Training camps don't often come with this kind of scenery
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The AG2R La Mondiale riders enjoyed a full range of winter sports as they hit the French Alps for a first get together ahead of the 2019 season.

In a partnership with the Oisans regional tourism board, the end-of-November trip to Vaujany - near Alpe d'Huez - has now become customary for the French team. Although the serious training gets underway in the south of Spain next month, the first camp is a chance for preliminary plans to be put in place and for a range of team-building exercises away from the bike.

On Tuesday and again on Wednesday, the riders piled into a cable car to take the trip from the village of Vaujany at 1,250 metres up to L'Alpette at 2,050m. The main activity was cross-country skiing, and a three-kilometre course was traced out, with plenty of snow already on the mountain. Team leader Romain Bardet, a well-known fan of biathlon and friend of world and Olympic champion Martin Fourcade, was the star of the show, closely followed by Alexis Vuillermoz.

New signing Larry Warbasse, an American, was less at home, and crashed hard on his face coming down a descent on Tuesday, giving himself a black eye and a burst lip that required four stitches. On Wednesday he played it safe and strapped on snow raquettes for a less risky one-hour hike.

While Tuesday afternoon doubled as a media session - with those riders not doing interviews instead swimming, ice skating or in the gym - Wednesday was the main team-building day up the mountain. A multi-discipline relay competition was organised, seeing teams of riders first send a representative on a short ski lap, then tag in a teammate for a head-first downhill toboggan run, then another for five shots in a biathlon-style shooting range, and finally a last rider to do laps on a fat-bike depending on how many shots had been missed. While Oliver Naesen fell flat on his face, the victory was brought home by Tony Gallopin.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a full range of photos from AG2R's first winter get-together.