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Riders train for the final time ahead of the Abu Dhabi Tour

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Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali see who can track stand the longest

Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali see who can track stand the longest
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It's nice and hot in Abu Dhabi as the SRM shows 45 degrees Celsius before 11am

It's nice and hot in Abu Dhabi as the SRM shows 45 degrees Celsius before 11am
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Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru get out of the saddle

Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru get out of the saddle
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Janez Brajkovič (UnitedHealthcare)

Janez Brajkovič (UnitedHealthcare)
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Alejandro Valverde and Giovani Visconti feel the Abu Dhabi heat

Alejandro Valverde and Giovani Visconti feel the Abu Dhabi heat
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Diego Ulissi leads the Lampre-Merida team on a training ride

Diego Ulissi leads the Lampre-Merida team on a training ride
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Matt Goss (MTN-Qhubeka)

Matt Goss (MTN-Qhubeka)
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Bruno Pires smiles for the camera

Bruno Pires smiles for the camera
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World champion Peter Sagan

World champion Peter Sagan
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Peter Sagan and a teammate enjoy a laugh

Peter Sagan and a teammate enjoy a laugh
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Peter Sagan showing off his rainbow jersey

Peter Sagan showing off his rainbow jersey
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
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Vincenzo Nibali track standing at the lights

Vincenzo Nibali track standing at the lights
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Tom Boonen leading the group

Tom Boonen leading the group
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Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru out for a ride

Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru out for a ride
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Peter Sagan getting ready for a training ride

Peter Sagan getting ready for a training ride
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Emanuel Buchmann with his Bora-Argon 18 teammates

Emanuel Buchmann with his Bora-Argon 18 teammates
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Wout Poels and Sky would be feeling the heat in black kits

Wout Poels and Sky would be feeling the heat in black kits
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Fabio Sabatini (Etixx-Quick Step)

Fabio Sabatini (Etixx-Quick Step)
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The Sagan's checking a phone

The Sagan's checking a phone
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Vincenzo Nibali uses Peter Sagan's bike to hold himself upright

Vincenzo Nibali uses Peter Sagan's bike to hold himself upright
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Peter Sagan and a speedboat

Peter Sagan and a speedboat
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Brent Copeland and Diego Ulissi

Brent Copeland and Diego Ulissi
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Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
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Team WIGGINS out on the roads

Team WIGGINS out on the roads
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The Astana team ready to roll

The Astana team ready to roll
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Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Stefano Feltrin also went for a ride

Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Stefano Feltrin also went for a ride
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The Tinkoff-Saxo team is ready to roll

The Tinkoff-Saxo team is ready to roll
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Working on Sagan's bike

Working on Sagan's bike
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Gio Visconti (Movistar)

Gio Visconti (Movistar)
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It's the Abu Dhabi Tour

It's the Abu Dhabi Tour
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The Skydive team out for a ride

The Skydive team out for a ride
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Peter Sagan will be rider 151 in Abu Dhabi

Peter Sagan will be rider 151 in Abu Dhabi
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The first edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour gets underway today in the UAE with world champion Peter Sagan to make his racing debut in the rainbow jersey. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider joined his teammates and the majority of the peloton in a training ride through the capital city.

With temperatures reaching 45 degrees celsius the likes of Team Sky with its black kit would have been feeling the heat while the water and speedboat murals the riders passed by offering only a hope of a respite. 

Also out for a spin were Astana's grand tour winning duo Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru, seen side-by-side throughout the training ride possibly talking leadership roles for next year's three-week races.

It wasn't just the riders out and about with Tinkoff-Saxo manager Stefano Feltrin also spotted aboard a Specialized. However it was Sagan who drew the most attention during the training ride with his back wheel bunny hops a certain highlight.

Have a look through our gallery above to see the riders on a final training ride before today's 175km stage 1 from Qasr Al Sarab to Madinat Zayed with its finish suited to the sprinters.