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Gallery: Final preparations for Tour of Qatar

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Mark Renshaw leads Rabobank in Qatar.

Mark Renshaw leads Rabobank in Qatar.
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Canadian champion Svein Tuft (GreenEdge) in Doha.

Canadian champion Svein Tuft (GreenEdge) in Doha.
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Ian Stannard (Sky) is part of Mark Cavendish's support in Qatar.

Ian Stannard (Sky) is part of Mark Cavendish's support in Qatar.
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Christian Knees (Sky) is ready for the Tour of Qatar.

Christian Knees (Sky) is ready for the Tour of Qatar.
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Bernhard Eisel makes his Sky debut in Qatar.

Bernhard Eisel makes his Sky debut in Qatar.
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Bernhard Eisel waits for his Sky teammates in Doha.

Bernhard Eisel waits for his Sky teammates in Doha.
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) is building for the classics.

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) is building for the classics.
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Temperatures are slightly lower than expected in Qatar.

Temperatures are slightly lower than expected in Qatar.
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Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale) on the eve of the Tour of Qatar.

Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale) on the eve of the Tour of Qatar.
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) begins his classics preparation in Qatar.

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) begins his classics preparation in Qatar.
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Aidis Kruopis in GreenEdge colours.

Aidis Kruopis in GreenEdge colours.
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Farnese Vini-Selle Italia get ready for their final pre-race training ride.

Farnese Vini-Selle Italia get ready for their final pre-race training ride.
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Andrea Guardini and Farnese Vini-Selle Italia set out on a training ride in Doha.

Andrea Guardini and Farnese Vini-Selle Italia set out on a training ride in Doha.
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The 11th edition of the Tour of Qatar is set to start on Sunday morning and all the riders have now arrived at their base at the Ritz Carlton hotel in the capital city Doha.

On Saturday morning, several of the teams went through their final preparations by setting out on a training ride in the Doha hinterland, with Rabobank, Team Sky, Liquigas-Cannondale, GreenEdge and Farenese Vini-Selle Italia among the first wave of squads to hit the road.

This part of the world is renowned for its crosswinds at this time of year, and the women experienced particularly high gusts throughout their three-day tour, which finished on Friday in victory for Judith Arndt. The good news for the men is that conditions appear to be becoming more settled. Whether that lasts for the six days of the race, which runs from Sunday through to Friday, remains to be seen.