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Gallery: Worlds road race course reconnaissance

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The course recce wasn't just for the pros as these fans show

The course recce wasn't just for the pros as these fans show
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Spain are kitted out in bright colours for the 2014 Worlds

Spain are kitted out in bright colours for the 2014 Worlds
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Michael Albasini (Switzerland) doing a recce

Michael Albasini (Switzerland) doing a recce
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Nacer Bouhanni (France) doing the recce on Thursday

Nacer Bouhanni (France) doing the recce on Thursday
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Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain) waves to the camera during the Worlds recce

Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain) waves to the camera during the Worlds recce
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Alejandro Valverde will be Spain's leader for the 2014 Worlds

Alejandro Valverde will be Spain's leader for the 2014 Worlds
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A Brazilian rider out on the course

A Brazilian rider out on the course
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Michael Matthews will be a second option for Australia is the race proves to be less selective than predicted

Michael Matthews will be a second option for Australia is the race proves to be less selective than predicted
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Daniele Bennati, Luca Paolini and Manuel Quinzato lead Italy on a climb

Daniele Bennati, Luca Paolini and Manuel Quinzato lead Italy on a climb
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Alessandro De Marchi (Italy) stretches his legs

Alessandro De Marchi (Italy) stretches his legs
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Fabio Aru (Italy) tests his legs

Fabio Aru (Italy) tests his legs
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Tony Martin joking with his German teammates

Tony Martin joking with his German teammates
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African riders doing a recce on the Worlds course

African riders doing a recce on the Worlds course
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
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Nacer Bouhanni and Sylvain Chavanel with the French national team

Nacer Bouhanni and Sylvain Chavanel with the French national team
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Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain)

Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain)
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Alejandro Valverde (Spain)

Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
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Joaquim Rodríguez sitting in the middle of the Spanish national team recce

Joaquim Rodríguez sitting in the middle of the Spanish national team recce
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Bob Stapleton got out onto the course for a ride

Bob Stapleton got out onto the course for a ride
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Luca Paolini and Vincenzo Nibali chatting during Italy's recce of the course

Luca Paolini and Vincenzo Nibali chatting during Italy's recce of the course
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Michael Matthews (Australia)

Michael Matthews (Australia)
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The Australian team

The Australian team
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Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara
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The team from the Netherlands

The team from the Netherlands
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Japan's Yukira Arashiro

Japan's Yukira Arashiro
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The Norwegians

The Norwegians
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Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski opted for their trade team kits

Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski opted for their trade team kits
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Sonny Colbrelli (Italy)

Sonny Colbrelli (Italy)
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Davide Cassani

Davide Cassani
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Renatto Di Rocco

Renatto Di Rocco
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Luca Paolini (Italy)

Luca Paolini (Italy)
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Italy on the recon

Italy on the recon
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Belgium at Worlds

Belgium at Worlds
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Nicolas Roche (Ireland)

Nicolas Roche (Ireland)
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Spain on the Worlds course

Spain on the Worlds course
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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France checks out the Ponferrada road course

France checks out the Ponferrada road course
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The team from Germany hits the course

The team from Germany hits the course
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Team Norway doing a recce

Team Norway doing a recce
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Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) enters the Worlds under an injury cloud but could he be bluffing?

Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) enters the Worlds under an injury cloud but could he be bluffing?
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The entire peloton were out in force as they trained ahead of the Worlds

The entire peloton were out in force as they trained ahead of the Worlds
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Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen

Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen
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Peter Sagan (Slovakia)

Peter Sagan (Slovakia)
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Teams check out the 2014 course in Ponferrada

Teams check out the 2014 course in Ponferrada
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The Norwegian team for Worlds 2014

The Norwegian team for Worlds 2014
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The Norwegian team for Worlds 2014

The Norwegian team for Worlds 2014
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The 2014 German team for Worlds

The 2014 German team for Worlds
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John Degenkolb (Germany)

John Degenkolb (Germany)
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Lars Petter Nordhaug climbing

Lars Petter Nordhaug climbing
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Germany's road team for the road race at Worlds

Germany's road team for the road race at Worlds
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Will the Belgians be on the front this much during the race?

Will the Belgians be on the front this much during the race?
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Belgium line up for Worlds with two former winners in their rank

Belgium line up for Worlds with two former winners in their rank
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The Belgian nation team training at Worlds

The Belgian nation team training at Worlds
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Johan Vansummeren (Belgium)

Johan Vansummeren (Belgium)
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Gilbert drops back to ride with the Belgian team

Gilbert drops back to ride with the Belgian team
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Simon Gerrans and Philippe Gilbert

Simon Gerrans and Philippe Gilbert
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Jelle Vanendert Belgium)

Jelle Vanendert Belgium)
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Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)

Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)
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John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) will lead Germany at Worlds

John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) will lead Germany at Worlds
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After yesterday’s conclusion in the time trial events all attention at this year’s World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain turns to the road races.

With no races taking place on Thursday the fields for the juniors, men’s under-23, and elite women’s and men’s races had the chance to scope out the course their races.

For the first time in several years every field, including the elite men, will complete their entire race on the same 18.2 kilometre circuit.

Featuring two climbs and a final tricky descent this will be the first time that the majority of the riders will have seen the course and number of teams were out riding reconnaissance with photographer Tim de Waele on hand to capture the action.

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