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Gallery: Racers preview the Rome 'Cross World Cup course

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Katie Compton

Katie Compton
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Katie Compton tests her legs

Katie Compton tests her legs
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Jmin Aernouts

Jmin Aernouts
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Thijs Aerts runs a barrier

Thijs Aerts runs a barrier
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Racers practice the barriers

Racers practice the barriers
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Helen Wyman

Helen Wyman
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Belgian riders out on course

Belgian riders out on course
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Hanka Kupfernagel

Hanka Kupfernagel
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Niels Albert

Niels Albert
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The Belgian teams put their heads together

The Belgian teams put their heads together
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Eva Lechner

Eva Lechner
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Two Belgian riders test out their legs and the course.

Two Belgian riders test out their legs and the course.
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Bart Wellens

Bart Wellens
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Marco Fontana

Marco Fontana
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Sanne Cant

Sanne Cant
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Sanne Cant flies through a taped section

Sanne Cant flies through a taped section
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Katie Compton

Katie Compton
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Kevin Pauwels

Kevin Pauwels
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Sanne Cant

Sanne Cant
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Eva Lechner

Eva Lechner
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Kevin Pauwels

Kevin Pauwels
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Rob Peeters

Rob Peeters
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Marco Fontana flies over a barrier

Marco Fontana flies over a barrier
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Rob Peeters

Rob Peeters
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A Belgian rider goes down after crashing over a barrier

A Belgian rider goes down after crashing over a barrier
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Rob Peeters

Rob Peeters
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On the eve of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Rome, Italy, riders tested out their legs and equipment.  Regular 'cross stars such as Katie Compton, Kevin Pauwels, Rob Peeters, Sanne Cant and Helen Wyman took a few laps on the course while mountain bikers Eva Lechner and Marco Fontana were also spotted out practicing.

Check out the gallery from today's training session and stay tuned to Cyclingnews for full coverage from the World Cup on Sunday.  The junior men, under 23 men, elite women and elite men will take turns racing the penultimate round.