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Gallery: Dubai Tour riders hit the beach

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The stars are on show for the 2014 Dubai Tour

The stars are on show for the 2014 Dubai Tour
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The inaugral Dubai Tour sees the world's best riders take to their bikes

The inaugral Dubai Tour sees the world's best riders take to their bikes
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All for one: The WorldTour gathers for the first Dubai Tour

All for one: The WorldTour gathers for the first Dubai Tour
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is hoping for even more speed in 2014

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is hoping for even more speed in 2014
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Mark Cavendish cools off in the sea

Mark Cavendish cools off in the sea
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World champion Rui Costa and the man he beat last year Joaquim Rodriguez

World champion Rui Costa and the man he beat last year Joaquim Rodriguez
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Sagan, Cancellara, Kittel, Phinney and Martin take part in a photo shoot

Sagan, Cancellara, Kittel, Phinney and Martin take part in a photo shoot
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The leading riders in Dubai take to the beach

The leading riders in Dubai take to the beach
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Vincenzo Nibali is using the Dubai Tour as part of his Tour de France build up

Vincenzo Nibali is using the Dubai Tour as part of his Tour de France build up
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World time trial champion Tony Martin faces questions

World time trial champion Tony Martin faces questions
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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) will lead Giant-Shimano

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) will lead Giant-Shimano
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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) will lead Giant-Shimano

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) will lead Giant-Shimano
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Fabian Cancellara is set to make his debut for Trek Factory Racing

Fabian Cancellara is set to make his debut for Trek Factory Racing
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Where Nibali goes the Italian press are quick to follow

Where Nibali goes the Italian press are quick to follow
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Mark Cavendish is swamped by the media in Dubai

Mark Cavendish is swamped by the media in Dubai
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is looking for his first win of the 2014 season

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is looking for his first win of the 2014 season
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Tony Martin is a favourite for the opening time trial on Wednesday

Tony Martin is a favourite for the opening time trial on Wednesday
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2013 Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali

2013 Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali
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Peter Sagan and Joaquim Rodriguez are two of the most high profile riders at the race

Peter Sagan and Joaquim Rodriguez are two of the most high profile riders at the race
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Mark Cavendish will be looking for his first win in Dubai

Mark Cavendish will be looking for his first win in Dubai
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Mark Cavendish has a quick dip in the sea at Dubai

Mark Cavendish has a quick dip in the sea at Dubai
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The stars are on show for the 2014 Dubai Tour

The stars are on show for the 2014 Dubai Tour
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Vincenzo Nibali and Mark Cavendish

Vincenzo Nibali and Mark Cavendish
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German rider Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin

German rider Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin
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Mark Cavendish cools off in the sea

Mark Cavendish cools off in the sea
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Peter Sagan is building up for the Classics

Peter Sagan is building up for the Classics
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The contenders line up for the Dubai Tour

The contenders line up for the Dubai Tour
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Mark Cavendish poses with the Dubai landscape in the background

Mark Cavendish poses with the Dubai landscape in the background
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Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano)

Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano)
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World time trial champion Tony Martin

World time trial champion Tony Martin
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Phinney, Cavendish and Martin catch up

Phinney, Cavendish and Martin catch up
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) should challenge for the opening time trial

Taylor Phinney (BMC) should challenge for the opening time trial
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Joaquim Rodriguez and Vincenzo Nibali are rivals who respect one another

Joaquim Rodriguez and Vincenzo Nibali are rivals who respect one another
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The inaugural Tour of Dubai starts on Wednesday with a 10-kilometre time trial in Dubai. Eleven WorldTour teams take the start in the UCI 2.1 event with Grand Tour winners Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde and Ryder Hesjedal among them.

The line-up for the race, organized by RCS Sport, is full of cycling’s superstars. They posed on the beach in front of the world famous Burj al Arab, the iconic hotel in the form of a sail of a dhow boat.

The world’s elite in sprinting with Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) take on each other in the flat stages in the Dubai deserts.

Former world champions like Mark Cavendish, Thor Hushovd and Fabian Cancellara plus the current road race world champion Rui Costa and time trial world champion Tony Martin also line up for this four day stage race.

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