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Count down to Philly: Teams prep for a stormy day

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The Team Type 1 bus is dwarfed by the Philadelphia skyline.

The Team Type 1 bus is dwarfed by the Philadelphia skyline.
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The Amore e Vita team has colorful Hudz on the Dynateks.

The Amore e Vita team has colorful Hudz on the Dynateks.
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Yuri Metlushenko's Dynatek bike (Amore e Vita)

Yuri Metlushenko's Dynatek bike (Amore e Vita)
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The Felt-Holowesko Partners team bikes are ready to go.

The Felt-Holowesko Partners team bikes are ready to go.
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And there's Alex Howes in person - the last one back from the pre-ride.

And there's Alex Howes in person - the last one back from the pre-ride.
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The Felt of Alex Howes, the reigning U23 champion.

The Felt of Alex Howes, the reigning U23 champion.
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The Felt-Holowesko-Garmin team was the most organized.

The Felt-Holowesko-Garmin team was the most organized.
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The Amore & Vita soigneur ices down some bottles.

The Amore & Vita soigneur ices down some bottles.
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A prototype Argon 18 at the Spidertech team truck.

A prototype Argon 18 at the Spidertech team truck.
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A heaping pile of Reynolds wheels in various states of dress.

A heaping pile of Reynolds wheels in various states of dress.
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Francesco Chicchi's infamous "Sheriff" Cannodale.

Francesco Chicchi's infamous "Sheriff" Cannodale.
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The Liquigas mechanic inspects the Mavic wheels.

The Liquigas mechanic inspects the Mavic wheels.
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Cannondale brought out a few spares for Liquigas just in case.

Cannondale brought out a few spares for Liquigas just in case.
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Peter Sagan, winner of the young rider's jersey and two stages of Tour of California is a big favourite.

Peter Sagan, winner of the young rider's jersey and two stages of Tour of California is a big favourite.
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Lucas Euser's Spidertech team Argon 18

Lucas Euser's Spidertech team Argon 18
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The Spidertech team had the bikes nearly all washed and ready to go.

The Spidertech team had the bikes nearly all washed and ready to go.
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The Kenda p/b Geargrinder team was tucked away in a corner away from the other teams. DS Frankie Andreu supervises.

The Kenda p/b Geargrinder team was tucked away in a corner away from the other teams. DS Frankie Andreu supervises.
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The race marshall's motorcycle awaits the race.

The race marshall's motorcycle awaits the race.
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BMC's John Murphy is interviewed in the hotel lobby.

BMC's John Murphy is interviewed in the hotel lobby.
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Mavic neutral support is here, but their work starts tomorrow.

Mavic neutral support is here, but their work starts tomorrow.
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A load of Team Bissell's Pinarello Dogma's.

A load of Team Bissell's Pinarello Dogma's.
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The Bissell team mechanic Ben Oliver preps Andy Jacques-Maynes Pinarello Dogma.

The Bissell team mechanic Ben Oliver preps Andy Jacques-Maynes Pinarello Dogma.
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HTC-Columbia favours a deep dish rear carbon wheel.

HTC-Columbia favours a deep dish rear carbon wheel.
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A bit of a derailleur hanger adjustment for one of the HTC-Columbia bikes.

A bit of a derailleur hanger adjustment for one of the HTC-Columbia bikes.
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The team trucks are double parked on the city street.

The team trucks are double parked on the city street.
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HTC-Columbia's van and bikes.

HTC-Columbia's van and bikes.
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HTC-Columbia has its line of Scotts ready to roll.

HTC-Columbia has its line of Scotts ready to roll.
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The Kelly Benefit Strategies team has a line of Orbea Orcas awaiting riders.

The Kelly Benefit Strategies team has a line of Orbea Orcas awaiting riders.
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The Fly V truck is packed full of gear, some still untouched after Tour of California.

The Fly V truck is packed full of gear, some still untouched after Tour of California.
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Fly V Australia's mechanics had no time to lounge around.

Fly V Australia's mechanics had no time to lounge around.
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Teams are lined up along a side street to get ready for the Philadelphia International.

Teams are lined up along a side street to get ready for the Philadelphia International.
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Philadelphia is a town that loves its sports: the NHL Philadelphia Flyers are currently fighting in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the baseball team the Phillies has been in the World Series two years running and won in 2008, and the Eagles have been in the Super Bowl. It's no coincidence that this city is also the heart and soul of American bike racing.

The TD Philadelphia International Championship has been arguably the biggest spectator draw in North American cycling since the race began 26 years ago. Drawing close to a million spectators along the course, it is the Big Show for most domestic teams.

The race also draws top professional squads for men and women to the event, with most teams congregating at the race hotel on the day prior to the event.

For the team mechanics, it's a mad scramble to wash and maintain dozens of bikes and wheel sets and fine tune the machines for the grueling 250km race.

With the weather predicting an 80% chance of rain, the choice of equipment for the race, which features one screaming fast descent from the Manayunk wall with several fast turns, will be critical.

Cyclingnews spotted several teams lined up along a side street with the contents of the trucks spewed out onto the pavement in various forms of organization. It's a system only the mechanic can keep up with, so we'll let the photos do the talking.

Enjoy the gallery here.