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Gallery: On the start line at the Tour of Qatar

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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Team Sky's Pinarello Dogma F8 bikes

Team Sky's Pinarello Dogma F8 bikes (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Fabian Cancellara's (Trek Factory) race bike

Fabian Cancellara's (Trek Factory) race bike (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Warming up with FDJ

Warming up with FDJ (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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The BMC riders warmed up in the shade at the start of the TT

The BMC riders warmed up in the shade at the start of the TT (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Sacha Modolo's Lampre Merida bike

Sacha Modolo's Lampre Merida bike (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Yaroslav Popovych waits for his time trial

Yaroslav Popovych waits for his time trial (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Chris Sutton makes a few changes to his playlist

Chris Sutton makes a few changes to his playlist (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Pavel Brutt has a breath right nose-strip applied by a team helper

Pavel Brutt has a breath right nose-strip applied by a team helper (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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The MTN Cervelo bikes at the start of stage 3

The MTN Cervelo bikes at the start of stage 3 (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Bjarne Riis leads the Tinkoff Saxo team meeting

Bjarne Riis leads the Tinkoff Saxo team meeting (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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The Cervelo bikes of MTN

The Cervelo bikes of MTN (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Bodnar's bike has some last minute changes made to it

Bodnar's bike has some last minute changes made to it (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing)

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Team Sky bikes line up outside the team car

Team Sky bikes line up outside the team car (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Team Sky and their choice of wheels

Team Sky and their choice of wheels (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Bjarne Riis hands out some time trial advice

Bjarne Riis hands out some time trial advice (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Oleg Tinkov even had a ride on the course.

Oleg Tinkov even had a ride on the course. (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) warms up for the individual time trial

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) warms up for the individual time trial (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) is a picture of concentration

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) is a picture of concentration (Image credit: Cyclingnews.com)

The Tour of Qatar was hit by another sand storm on Tuesday as riders competed in the individual time trial stage at the Lusail Circuit motor racing circuit.

Although the conditions were not as severe as during Monday's road race stage, the wind kicked up sand throughout the mid-morning warm-up as the peloton prepared for the blustery conditions along the 10.9 kilometre course.

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) started the stage as the favourite and is making his first appearance in his world time trial champion's rainbow jersey. Regulations for the Tour of Qatar stipulate that riders are not allowed to use time trial bikes and so Wiggins has modified his road machine and his using smaller bars and a lower stem on his special Pinarello F8. After a brief warm-up the British ride made a call on his choice of wheels and opted to use a C50 on the front and a deeper rimmed C75 on the back.

Wiggins isn't the only contender for the stage however, with Lars Boom (Astana), Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) and defending Tour of Qatar champion Niki Terpstra (Etix-QuickStep).

For a full gallery of pre-race shots, click here.