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Richmond World Championships training ride gallery

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Peter Sagan (Slovakia)

Peter Sagan (Slovakia)
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Libby Hill will be a key point on the course

Libby Hill will be a key point on the course
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Libby Hill will be packed with fans this weekend

Libby Hill will be packed with fans this weekend
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The crowds will be bigger when the race is on for real

The crowds will be bigger when the race is on for real
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Libby Hill

Libby Hill
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The French team on Libby Hill

The French team on Libby Hill
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Remember, Virginia is for lovers

Remember, Virginia is for lovers
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Iljo Keisse (Belgium)

Iljo Keisse (Belgium)
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Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)

Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
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Jens Keukeleire (Belgium)

Jens Keukeleire (Belgium)
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Tom Boonen (Belgium)

Tom Boonen (Belgium)
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The Dutch duo of Tom Dumoulin and Robert Gesink out tranining

The Dutch duo of Tom Dumoulin and Robert Gesink out tranining
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Dani Moreno (Spain)

Dani Moreno (Spain)
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Why not pop a wheelie?

Why not pop a wheelie?
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American Police cars on the scene

American Police cars on the scene
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Rafal Majka (Poland)

Rafal Majka (Poland)
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Gregory Rast (Switzerland)

Gregory Rast (Switzerland)
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Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain) is always good for a photo

Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain) is always good for a photo
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Nacer Bouhanni (France) climbing

Nacer Bouhanni (France) climbing
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Nacer Bouhanni (France) thinking through the race

Nacer Bouhanni (France) thinking through the race
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Sven Erik Bystrøm (Norway) won the U23 race last year but is in the elite ranks for 2015

Sven Erik Bystrøm (Norway) won the U23 race last year but is in the elite ranks for 2015
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Lars Petter Nordhaug and Alexander Kristoff (Norway)

Lars Petter Nordhaug and Alexander Kristoff (Norway)
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Alexander Kristoff (Norway) starts as a pre-race favourite

Alexander Kristoff (Norway) starts as a pre-race favourite
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
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Simon Gerrans (Australia) smiles for the camera

Simon Gerrans (Australia) smiles for the camera
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A fans tries to match the pros

A fans tries to match the pros
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Evelyn Stevens (USA) enjoying the sun

Evelyn Stevens (USA) enjoying the sun
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Matteo Trentin and Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)

Matteo Trentin and Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)
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Manuel Quinziato (Italy)

Manuel Quinziato (Italy)
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Moreno Moser (Italy) in the green helmet

Moreno Moser (Italy) in the green helmet
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Daniele Bennati (Italy)

Daniele Bennati (Italy)
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Arnaud Démare (France) will be looking for a good result

Arnaud Démare (France) will be looking for a good result
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Defending champion Michał Kwiatkowski and Tour de Pologne race director Czesław Lang

Defending champion Michał Kwiatkowski and Tour de Pologne race director Czesław Lang
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Michał Kwiatkowski leads Tour de Pologne race director Czesław Lang and the Polish team

Michał Kwiatkowski leads Tour de Pologne race director Czesław Lang and the Polish team
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Philippe Gilbert in the middle of a Belgian sandwich

Philippe Gilbert in the middle of a Belgian sandwich
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The Belgian team out training

The Belgian team out training
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Jay McCarthy (Australia) sits on Tom Boonen's (Belgium) wheel

Jay McCarthy (Australia) sits on Tom Boonen's (Belgium) wheel
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A fan in prime position

A fan in prime position
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Lars Boom (Netherlands) out and about

Lars Boom (Netherlands) out and about
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Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)

Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)
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Iljo Keisse (Belgium)

Iljo Keisse (Belgium)
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A bandaged Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

A bandaged Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
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Vinceno Nibali (Italy)

Vinceno Nibali (Italy)
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Nikolas Maes and Tiesj Benoot enjoy some fun times on a moto

Nikolas Maes and Tiesj Benoot enjoy some fun times on a moto
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Philippe Gilbert has time for some time

Philippe Gilbert has time for some time
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Peter Sagan (Slovakia) starts as one of the pre-race favourites

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) starts as one of the pre-race favourites
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Alejandro Valverde (Spain) is looking for another medal

Alejandro Valverde (Spain) is looking for another medal
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The French team led by Nacer Bouhanni in the pink shoes

The French team led by Nacer Bouhanni in the pink shoes
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Taylor Phinney heads the US national team's training ride

Taylor Phinney heads the US national team's training ride
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The USA national team riding as one

The USA national team riding as one
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Bob Stapleton spotted enjoying the course

Bob Stapleton spotted enjoying the course
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Zdeněk Štybar (Czech Republic) out on course

Zdeněk Štybar (Czech Republic) out on course
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Daniel Oss (Italy enjoying the sunshine

Daniel Oss (Italy enjoying the sunshine
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Vincenzo Nibali leads the Italian team

Vincenzo Nibali leads the Italian team
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John Degenkolb (Germany) during a ride

John Degenkolb (Germany) during a ride
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Tony Martin (Germany) during the recon

Tony Martin (Germany) during the recon
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André Greipel (Germany) stretches the legs

André Greipel (Germany) stretches the legs
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Italian national selector Davide Cassani gets a feel for the course

Italian national selector Davide Cassani gets a feel for the course
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) surrounded by blue and green

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) surrounded by blue and green
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The Belgian team riding together

The Belgian team riding together
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Tiesj Benoot (Belgium) during a training ride

Tiesj Benoot (Belgium) during a training ride
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BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz got out for a ride

BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz got out for a ride
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Stijn Vandenbergh (Belgium) on course

Stijn Vandenbergh (Belgium) on course
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The Belgian team on Franklin St

The Belgian team on Franklin St
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Tom Boonen (Belgium) plays it up for the camera

Tom Boonen (Belgium) plays it up for the camera
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Expect Belgium to be aggressive on Sunday as they look to win gold

Expect Belgium to be aggressive on Sunday as they look to win gold
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Rui Costa (Portugal)

Rui Costa (Portugal)
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Greg Van Avermaet (Belguim)

Greg Van Avermaet (Belguim)
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Is this where Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) will launch an attack come Sunday?

Is this where Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) will launch an attack come Sunday?
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Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)

Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)
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Tom Boonen (Belgium) looking for gold ten years after his Madrid victory

Tom Boonen (Belgium) looking for gold ten years after his Madrid victory
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Tom Boonen (Belgium)

Tom Boonen (Belgium)
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Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)

Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)
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Greg Van Avermaet (Belguim) wants Gold on Sunday

Greg Van Avermaet (Belguim) wants Gold on Sunday
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Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) out of the saddle

Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) out of the saddle
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Philippe Gilbert is the last Belgian to win the Worlds in 2012

Philippe Gilbert is the last Belgian to win the Worlds in 2012
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain) was second two years ago but the course doesn't lend itself to his characteristics

Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain) was second two years ago but the course doesn't lend itself to his characteristics
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2013 World Champion Rui Costa (Portugal) in his team kit

2013 World Champion Rui Costa (Portugal) in his team kit
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) climbing Franklin St

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) climbing Franklin St
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Peter Sagan (Slovakia) putting in an effort up the climb

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) putting in an effort up the climb
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Emma Johansson (Sweden) is looking for the gold medal come Saturday

Emma Johansson (Sweden) is looking for the gold medal come Saturday
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Emma Johansson (Sweden)

Emma Johansson (Sweden)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
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Michał Golas and Michał Kwiatkowski lead the Polish recon

Michał Golas and Michał Kwiatkowski lead the Polish recon
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The two Michał's, Golas and Kwiatkowski, climbing alongside each other

The two Michał's, Golas and Kwiatkowski, climbing alongside each other
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Julian Alaphilippe (France)

Julian Alaphilippe (France)
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Taylor Phinney plays the 'joker' role for the USA on home soul

Taylor Phinney plays the 'joker' role for the USA on home soul
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Robert Gesink (Netherlands)

Robert Gesink (Netherlands)
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John Degenkolb (Germany) grits his teeth while putting in an effort

John Degenkolb (Germany) grits his teeth while putting in an effort
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André Greipel (Germany) powering up Franklin St

André Greipel (Germany) powering up Franklin St
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Heinrich Haussler (Australia) on Franklin St

Heinrich Haussler (Australia) on Franklin St
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Taylor Phinney (USA)

Taylor Phinney (USA)
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Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)

Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)
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John Degenkolb (Germany) is aiming for the rainbow jersey

John Degenkolb (Germany) is aiming for the rainbow jersey
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Michael Albasini (Switzerland)

Michael Albasini (Switzerland)
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Zdeněk Štybar (Czech Republic)

Zdeněk Štybar (Czech Republic)
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Matteo Trentin (Italy)

Matteo Trentin (Italy)
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Lars Boom (Netherlands) smiles for the camera

Lars Boom (Netherlands) smiles for the camera
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Diego Ulissi is one card the Italians can play in the road race

Diego Ulissi is one card the Italians can play in the road race
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Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) will start as as darkhorse

Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) will start as as darkhorse
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Alejandro Valverde (Spain) enjoying the sunshine while out tranining

Alejandro Valverde (Spain) enjoying the sunshine while out tranining
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Emma Johansson with her Swedish teammates

Emma Johansson with her Swedish teammates
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Emma Johansson with her Swedish teammates out for a ride

Emma Johansson with her Swedish teammates out for a ride
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The Dutchman team out training

The Dutchman team out training
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Peter Sagan (Slovakia) on Franklin St

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) on Franklin St
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With the team time trial and time trials done and dusted for 2015 at the UCI Road World Championships, teams and riders turn their attention to the road race which start at 10am on Friday with the Junior women's road race, followed by the U23 men's road race at 12:25pm local time.

Saturday sees the junior men take to the Richmond course with the elite women contesting for the rainbow jersey that afternoon over the same 129.8km difference.

Sunday is solely devoted to the elite men's 261.4km race that has several pre-race favourite riders but no one outright.

With the sun shinning in Richmond, the men and women were out on the course getting a feel for the cobbles and climbs that are likely to be decisive in the final laps.

Peter Sagan and his Slovakia team were seen out on course, as was the strong Belgian and Italian teams with both putting in some serious time to Libby Hill.

It wasn't just the professionals out and about though with BMC's general manager Jim Ochowicz, Tour de Pologne race director Czesław Lang and former HTC-Highroad manger Bob Stapleton all spotted out for a spin.

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