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Tour de France team time trial training in Zolder – Gallery

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Bahrain-Merida riders watch Trek-Segafredo pass by during team time trial training in Zolder

Bahrain-Merida riders watch Trek-Segafredo pass by during team time trial training in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo practice their team time trial on an auto circuit in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo practice their team time trial on an auto circuit in Zolder
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Vincenzo Nibali and Luis Leon Sanchez chat after team time trial training in Zolder

Vincenzo Nibali and Luis Leon Sanchez chat after team time trial training in Zolder
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Bahrain-Merida riders practice their team time trial in Zolder as Trek-Segafredo are visible in the brackground

Bahrain-Merida riders practice their team time trial in Zolder as Trek-Segafredo are visible in the brackground
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Trek-Segafredo practice their team time trial on an auto circuit in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo practice their team time trial on an auto circuit in Zolder
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Vinenzo Nibali on his TT bike during team time trial practice in Zolder

Vinenzo Nibali on his TT bike during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Vinenzo Nibali on his TT bike during team time trial practice in Zolder

Vinenzo Nibali on his TT bike during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema

Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema
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Astana riders in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder

Astana riders in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Vincenzo Nibali and Luis Leon Sanchez chat after team time trial training in Zolder

Vincenzo Nibali and Luis Leon Sanchez chat after team time trial training in Zolder
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Astana riders in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder

Astana riders in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Bahrain-Merida riders gather alongside the auto circuit in Zolder during team time trial practice

Bahrain-Merida riders gather alongside the auto circuit in Zolder during team time trial practice
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Astana riders finish their effort during team time trial training in Zolder

Astana riders finish their effort during team time trial training in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo's Steven de Jongh and Jasper Stuyven talk strategy at team time trial practice in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo's Steven de Jongh and Jasper Stuyven talk strategy at team time trial practice in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema and Jasper Stuyven

Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema and Jasper Stuyven
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Bahrain-Merida's Dylan Teuns, Damiano Caruso and Rohan Dennis

Bahrain-Merida's Dylan Teuns, Damiano Caruso and Rohan Dennis
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Astana riders in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder

Astana riders in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Bahrain-Merida riders practice their team time trial in Zolder

Bahrain-Merida riders practice their team time trial in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Vincenzo Nibali crests a short rise on his time trial bike during training in Zolder

Vincenzo Nibali crests a short rise on his time trial bike during training in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Bahrain-Merida riders on the auto track in Zolder practicing their team time trial

Bahrain-Merida riders on the auto track in Zolder practicing their team time trial
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Bahrain-Merida's Damiano Caruso and Domen Novak

Bahrain-Merida's Damiano Caruso and Domen Novak
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Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte
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Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo in formation during team time trial practice in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo practice their team time trial on an auto circuit in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo practice their team time trial on an auto circuit in Zolder
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Trek-Segafredo take a corner during a team trial test run in Zolder

Trek-Segafredo take a corner during a team trial test run in Zolder
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The 2019 Tour de France stage 2 team time trial course in Brussels isn't open for pre-riding yet, so teams ventured to the auto circuit in Zolder for a chance to hone their skills in the group race against the clock, with Astana, Bahrain-Merida and Trek-Segafredo taking the opportunity to dial in their gear, their timing and their strategy for Sunday's 27km test.

General classification contenders Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) will need to rely on their teammates to keep them in the overall game in this early stage, where the Tour won't be won but could certainly be lost if disaster strikes. A good ride on stage 2 could also set up one of the other team riders to take the yellow jersey in the first week. With a lot on the line, the teams weren't leaving anything to chance.

Click or swipe through the Bettini gallery above for a look at what Nibali, Porte, Fuglsang and their teammates were up to today in Zolder.