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Teams arrive in Argentina for Vuelta a San Juan - Gallery

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Movistar's Nairo Quintana

Movistar's Nairo Quintana
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Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan wait for the Vuelta a San Juan press conference

Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan wait for the Vuelta a San Juan press conference
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Mark Cavendish is starting his 2019 season at the Vuelta a San Juan

Mark Cavendish is starting his 2019 season at the Vuelta a San Juan
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Max Richeze and Mark Cavendish share a secret at the Vuelta a San Juan press conference

Max Richeze and Mark Cavendish share a secret at the Vuelta a San Juan press conference
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Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) at the Vuelta a San Juan press conference

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) at the Vuelta a San Juan press conference
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Fernando Gaviria started his 2018 season with a win in Argentina and hopes 2019 starts in similar fashion

Fernando Gaviria started his 2018 season with a win in Argentina and hopes 2019 starts in similar fashion
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Riders and spectators wait for the start of the Vuelta a San Juan

Riders and spectators wait for the start of the Vuelta a San Juan
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Nairo Quintana is ready to start his 2019 season in Argentina

Nairo Quintana is ready to start his 2019 season in Argentina
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Peter sagan and Max Richeze at the Vuelta a San Juan press conference

Peter sagan and Max Richeze at the Vuelta a San Juan press conference
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 Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) in San Juan

Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) in San Juan
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Mark Cavendish is hoping to turn his back on two difficult years with a good start in San Juan

Mark Cavendish is hoping to turn his back on two difficult years with a good start in San Juan
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Fernando Gaviria (UAE - Team Emirates) gets ready to start his season in San Juan

Fernando Gaviria (UAE - Team Emirates) gets ready to start his season in San Juan
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Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) gets ready to ride in Argentina

Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) gets ready to ride in Argentina
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Cycling's stars share the stage with local dignitaries at the Vuelta a San Juan press conference

Cycling's stars share the stage with local dignitaries at the Vuelta a San Juan press conference
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Petr Vakoc (Deceuninck - Quick Step) waits for a training ride in San Juan

Petr Vakoc (Deceuninck - Quick Step) waits for a training ride in San Juan
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Bora - Hansgrohe's Christoph Pfingsten

Bora - Hansgrohe's Christoph Pfingsten
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UAE team Emirates riders grab supplies for a training ride in San Juan

UAE team Emirates riders grab supplies for a training ride in San Juan
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Felix Grossschartner (Bora - Hansgrohe) is wired up in Argentina

Felix Grossschartner (Bora - Hansgrohe) is wired up in Argentina
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 Fernando Gaviria (UAE - Team Emirates) gets ready to train before Vuelta a San Juan

Fernando Gaviria (UAE - Team Emirates) gets ready to train before Vuelta a San Juan
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Deceuninck-QuickStep's Remco Evenepoel, Julian Alaphilippe and Alvaro Hodeg

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Remco Evenepoel, Julian Alaphilippe and Alvaro Hodeg
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Fernando Gaviria (UAE - Team Emirates) cleans his glasses in preparation for Vuelta a San Juan

Fernando Gaviria (UAE - Team Emirates) cleans his glasses in preparation for Vuelta a San Juan
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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) trains at the team hotel in San Juan

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) trains at the team hotel in San Juan
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Bora - Hansgrohe's Pawel Poljanski

Bora - Hansgrohe's Pawel Poljanski
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 Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) waits for training to begin in San Juan

Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) waits for training to begin in San Juan
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Petr Vakoc (Deceuninck - Quick Step) stocks up before a training ride in Argentina

Petr Vakoc (Deceuninck - Quick Step) stocks up before a training ride in Argentina
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Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) gets ready to ride in Argentina

Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) gets ready to ride in Argentina
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A pensive moment for Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) in San Juan

A pensive moment for Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) in San Juan
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Deceuninck-QuickStep's Maximiliano Richez and Alvaro Jose Hodeg get ready to ride in San Juan

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Maximiliano Richez and Alvaro Jose Hodeg get ready to ride in San Juan
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Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) reaches for his helmet before a training ride in San Juan

Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) reaches for his helmet before a training ride in San Juan
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Movistar's Winner Anacona and Nairo Quintana

Movistar's Winner Anacona and Nairo Quintana
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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
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Deceuninck-QuickStep Director Davide Bramati and rider Julian Alaphilippe prepare to train in San Juan

Deceuninck-QuickStep Director Davide Bramati and rider Julian Alaphilippe prepare to train in San Juan
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Tom Bohli (UAE - Team Emirates) emerges from a parking garage at the team hotel before a training ride in San Juan

Tom Bohli (UAE - Team Emirates) emerges from a parking garage at the team hotel before a training ride in San Juan
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Team Beltrami Tsa train in San Juan

Team Beltrami Tsa train in San Juan
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An Irsael Cycling Academy rider readies his machine for a training ride in San Juan

An Irsael Cycling Academy rider readies his machine for a training ride in San Juan
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A moto-mounted police officer escorts Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe in Argentina

A moto-mounted police officer escorts Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe in Argentina
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Peter Sagan draws a crowd during a training ride in San Juan

Peter Sagan draws a crowd during a training ride in San Juan
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Connor Dunne is feeling peaceful while training with Israel Cycling Academy in San Juan

Connor Dunne is feeling peaceful while training with Israel Cycling Academy in San Juan
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Israel Cycling Academy's Riccardo Minali and Matthias Brandle

Israel Cycling Academy's Riccardo Minali and Matthias Brandle
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Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) gets ready to train in San Juan

Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) gets ready to train in San Juan
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Bora-Hansgrohe riders roll out for a training ride in San Juan

Bora-Hansgrohe riders roll out for a training ride in San Juan
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Winner Anacona (Movistar Team) applies sun screen before a training ride in San Juan

Winner Anacona (Movistar Team) applies sun screen before a training ride in San Juan
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Erik Baska (Bora - Hansgrohe)

Erik Baska (Bora - Hansgrohe)
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Police make way for Israel Cycling Academy's training ride in Argentina

Police make way for Israel Cycling Academy's training ride in Argentina
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It's not a WorldTour race, but the atmosphere around the UCI 2.1 Vuelta a San Juan Internacional sometimes make sit seem like the Argentinean race is top tier. The start list features Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria, Mark Cavendish, Nairo Quintana, Julian Alaphilippe and Tiesj Benoot among the six WorldTour teams, five Pro Continental, nine Continental and seven national teams that will be competing from January 27 through February 3.

Deceuninck-QuickStep have been in San Juan since Monday, getting used to the heat and dialling in their race machines, while other teams arrived on Friday. They've already had their opening press conference and a chance for teams to get out on the roads and train, although some teams had to wait for their bikes to arrive from Buenos Aires by truck and so started later than they may have wanted, forced to endure the midday heat. 

Saturday night features the team presentation, which often includes laser lights and pyrotechnics and looks more like a rock 'n' roll show, as well as three 10km criteriums in downtown for the separate WorldTour, Pro Conti and Conti outfits. 

Bettini Photos photographer Ilario Biondi was on hand to catch all the action, from the press conference to team training. Click or swipe through the gallery above to get a look.