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Peter Sagan, Thomas and Kittel star in Beijing Opera - Gallery

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Peter Sagan follows the leader

Peter Sagan follows the leader
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Marco Matthis, Nils Politt and Marcel Kittel

Marco Matthis, Nils Politt and Marcel Kittel
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Pierre Latour dancing on stage

Pierre Latour dancing on stage
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Geraint Thomas introduced on stage

Geraint Thomas introduced on stage
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Actor and event ambassador Ethan Ruan with the riders

Actor and event ambassador Ethan Ruan with the riders
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It's a little hot in there

It's a little hot in there
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Thumbs up

Thumbs up
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Riders are introduced to the crowd

Riders are introduced to the crowd
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A spot of champagne for the riders

A spot of champagne for the riders
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A few of the international riders are brought up on stage

A few of the international riders are brought up on stage
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Marcel Kittel, Pierre Latour, Peter Sagan and Geraint Thomas

Marcel Kittel, Pierre Latour, Peter Sagan and Geraint Thomas
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The riders learn a few moves

The riders learn a few moves
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Fans watch the riders on stage

Fans watch the riders on stage
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A fan gets a picture with Mat Hayman

A fan gets a picture with Mat Hayman
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Mat Hayman with some fans

Mat Hayman with some fans
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The opera members show off their moves

The opera members show off their moves
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Some fast-moving opera members

Some fast-moving opera members
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One of the opera members

One of the opera members
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Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan

Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan
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Pierre Latour looks a little unsure in his new outfit

Pierre Latour looks a little unsure in his new outfit
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Matteo Trentin stops for a photo

Matteo Trentin stops for a photo
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Jakob Fuglsang checks out one of the kids bikes

Jakob Fuglsang checks out one of the kids bikes
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A bee surveys the scene

A bee surveys the scene
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A child races her bike

A child races her bike
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Fans queue up to get some merchandise

Fans queue up to get some merchandise
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A kid during a race held before the Shanghai Criterium

A kid during a race held before the Shanghai Criterium
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Jakob Fuglsang has a photo with a fan

Jakob Fuglsang has a photo with a fan
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Jakob Fuglsang autographs a child

Jakob Fuglsang autographs a child
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Jakob Fuglsang gets stuck in

Jakob Fuglsang gets stuck in
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Jakob Fuglsang races with some local children

Jakob Fuglsang races with some local children
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Jakob Fuglsang lines up on the start line

Jakob Fuglsang lines up on the start line
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Jakob Fuglsang looks like he's enjoying the racing

Jakob Fuglsang looks like he's enjoying the racing
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Didi the devil with one of the kids

Didi the devil with one of the kids
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Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel show off their threads

Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel show off their threads
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Geraint Thomas gets a yellow outfit

Geraint Thomas gets a yellow outfit
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Jakob Fuglsang with some local children ahead of a race

Jakob Fuglsang with some local children ahead of a race
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Geraint Thomas talks to the media

Geraint Thomas talks to the media
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Marcel Kittel speaks on stage

Marcel Kittel speaks on stage
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Marcel Kittel signs autographs

Marcel Kittel signs autographs
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Marcel Kittel takes a selfie with a fan

Marcel Kittel takes a selfie with a fan
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Didi the Devil signs autographs for fans

Didi the Devil signs autographs for fans
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Marcel Kittel signs the mascot

Marcel Kittel signs the mascot
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Nils Politt shakes hands with a... well we're not entirely sure what it is

Nils Politt shakes hands with a... well we're not entirely sure what it is
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Tao Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas and Jonathan Castroviejo

Tao Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas and Jonathan Castroviejo
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Geraint Thomas signs an autograph for a fan

Geraint Thomas signs an autograph for a fan
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A cold looking Tao Geoghegan Hart

A cold looking Tao Geoghegan Hart
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Jonathan Castroviejo helps Geraint Thomas sign autographs

Jonathan Castroviejo helps Geraint Thomas sign autographs
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Tao Geoghegan Hart and Geraint Thomas

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Geraint Thomas
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A fan takes a photo with Geraint Thomas

A fan takes a photo with Geraint Thomas
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Geraint Thomas talks on stage

Geraint Thomas talks on stage
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The Sky team are introduced on stage

The Sky team are introduced on stage
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Pierre Latour dresses up

Pierre Latour dresses up
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After the Saitama Criterium a couple of weeks ago, the peloton has moved to China for the second edition of the Shanghai Criterium. The racing isn’t until Saturday, but the riders got an opportunity to meet fans and try on some traditional clothes in the build-up to the event.

Peter Sagan, Geraint Thomas, Marcel Kittel and Romain Bardet are the headline names at this year’s Shanghai Criterium, with Pierre Latour, Jakob Fuglsang and Matteo Trentin also set to take part at the weekend.

It was a cold and wet day but the fans still came out in force to meet the riders. Thomas, who also went to the Saitama Criterium two weeks ago, was in big demand for autographs. Fuglsang went to meet some local children and took them on in a bike race, with the kids giving him a run for his money.

Later on in the day, a few of the riders got to try on some traditional dress when they were paid a visit by the Beijing Opera. Thomas, Sagan, Kittel and Latour were given colour-coded outfits relating to the different jerseys of the Tour de France. The four also got to learn a few of the Opera's moves live on stage as fans watched on.