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Bergen World Championships training ride - Gallery

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Smiling World TT champion Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Smiling World TT champion Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Coryn Rivera (USA) during a training ride

Coryn Rivera (USA) during a training ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Colombian Fernando Gaviria is an outside bet for the win

Colombian Fernando Gaviria is an outside bet for the win (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jolien D'hoore (Belgium)

Jolien D'hoore (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The U23 British squad training

The U23 British squad training (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rachel Neylan and Chloe Hosking lead the Australian team during the ride

Rachel Neylan and Chloe Hosking lead the Australian team during the ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Italian Gianni Moscon on his custom Pinarello

Italian Gianni Moscon on his custom Pinarello (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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David de la Cruz (Spain)

David de la Cruz (Spain) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Aurélien Doleatto (France)

Aurélien Doleatto (France) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Nico Roche with Kurt Bogaerts during a recon

Nico Roche with Kurt Bogaerts during a recon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fernando Gaviria was wrapped up for the training ride

Fernando Gaviria was wrapped up for the training ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Spanish team is hard to miss in its bright kit

The Spanish team is hard to miss in its bright kit (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vegard Stake Laengen is one of the local riders at the Worlds

Vegard Stake Laengen is one of the local riders at the Worlds (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giorgia Bronzini leads the Italian ride

Giorgia Bronzini leads the Italian ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The ever smiling Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)

The ever smiling Yukiya Arashiro (Japan) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jens Keukeleire (Belgium)

Jens Keukeleire (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jarlinson Pantano zips up

Jarlinson Pantano zips up (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)

Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Juniot TT cham Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark)

Juniot TT cham Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tiago Machado (Portugal)

Tiago Machado (Portugal) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2014 World champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (France) is aiming for a second title

2014 World champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (France) is aiming for a second title (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Junior rider Shoi Matsuda (Japan)

Junior rider Shoi Matsuda (Japan) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lotto Lepisto (Finland) was on the podium at the 2016 Worlds

Lotto Lepisto (Finland) was on the podium at the 2016 Worlds (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexis Gougeard (France)

Alexis Gougeard (France) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The British team close on Salmon Hill

The British team close on Salmon Hill (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Dutch team is capable of wining both the men's and women's title

The Dutch team is capable of wining both the men's and women's title (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jarlinson Pantano and Sebastián Henao lead the Colombian ride

Jarlinson Pantano and Sebastián Henao lead the Colombian ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)

Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Belgian team on the Bergen course

The Belgian team on the Bergen course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A lighter moment during the recon ride for Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)

A lighter moment during the recon ride for Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Philippe Gilbert and Tim Wellens (Belgium)

Philippe Gilbert and Tim Wellens (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Belgian team skips the Pizza option and continues its course recon

The Belgian team skips the Pizza option and continues its course recon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Dylan Teuns (Belgium)

Dylan Teuns (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michael Matthews (Australia) sitting behind the moto

Michael Matthews (Australia) sitting behind the moto (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Norway)

Alexander Kristoff (Norway) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Australian women's team during its recon

The Australian women's team during its recon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lizzie Deignan has recovered from appendix surgery and hit the course for a recon

Lizzie Deignan has recovered from appendix surgery and hit the course for a recon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Norway) cornering

Alexander Kristoff (Norway) cornering (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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LL Sanchez (Spain) and Michael Matthews (Australia) mid-chat

LL Sanchez (Spain) and Michael Matthews (Australia) mid-chat (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michał Kwiatkowski also has a custom Pinarello to match the red and white of his Polish kit

Michał Kwiatkowski also has a custom Pinarello to match the red and white of his Polish kit (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Polish team are aiming to replicate the 2014 victory with Michał Kwiatkowsk this Sunday

The Polish team are aiming to replicate the 2014 victory with Michał Kwiatkowsk this Sunday (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Belgian squad is packed full of talent

The Belgian squad is packed full of talent (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen laughing on the training ride

Edvald Boasson Hagen laughing on the training ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexander Kristoff (Norway) checks his SRM during the recon

Alexander Kristoff (Norway) checks his SRM during the recon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Belgian team will be aiming to be first across the line come Sunday afternoon

The Belgian team will be aiming to be first across the line come Sunday afternoon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

For the politicians, Thursday was arguably the most important day of the UCI Road World Championships with David Lappartient successfully challenging Brian Cookson for the role of UCI President.

Outside of the halls of power, the riders contesting the four road races this Friday and weekend headed out onto the Bergen circuit for a course recon. The cold and overcast weather didn't stop the various teams and riders from important race recons.

World time trial champion Tom Dumoulin was all smiles as he headed out with his Netherlands teammates, while Philippe Gilbert had time for a lighter moment as the Belgian team reconned the course.

For a closer look at the course recon, click or swipe through the gallery above.

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