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Fernando Gaviria spends time with his new UAE Team Emirates teammates

Fernando Gaviria spends time with his new UAE Team Emirates teammates
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Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates)

Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates)
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Fabio Aru with his UAE Team Emirates teammates

Fabio Aru with his UAE Team Emirates teammates
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Riders study some paperwork

Riders study some paperwork
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A pensive Fernando Gaviria

A pensive Fernando Gaviria
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The UAE Team Emirates riders go for a night ride

The UAE Team Emirates riders go for a night ride
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Rory Sutherland seems happy to be in the desert

Rory Sutherland seems happy to be in the desert
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Press officer Andrea Agostini with a bird of prey

Press officer Andrea Agostini with a bird of prey
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The riders and staff enjoy a date

The riders and staff enjoy a date
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It's time to head into the desert

It's time to head into the desert
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Fernando Gaviria chats to some of his new UAE Team Emirates teammates

Fernando Gaviria chats to some of his new UAE Team Emirates teammates
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Riders awoke early to see the sun rise over the sand dunes

Riders awoke early to see the sun rise over the sand dunes
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Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates)

Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates)
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Manuele Mori at the mosque

Manuele Mori at the mosque
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Yousif Mirza at the Al Yasmina School

Yousif Mirza at the Al Yasmina School
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Alexander Kristoff looks out from the Burj Khalifa skyscraper

Alexander Kristoff looks out from the Burj Khalifa skyscraper
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The riders and staff visited the Burj Khalifa skyscraper

The riders and staff visited the Burj Khalifa skyscraper
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Neo-pro Christian Munoz

Neo-pro Christian Munoz
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Fabio Aru and Marco Marcato

Fabio Aru and Marco Marcato
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The riders head out in the sun

The riders head out in the sun
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Fabio Aru talks to his UAE Team Emirates teammates

Fabio Aru talks to his UAE Team Emirates teammates
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Yousif Mirza in the UAE national champion's jersey

Yousif Mirza in the UAE national champion's jersey
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The sun was out for the ride in the desert

The sun was out for the ride in the desert
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There was also a chance to ride in the desert

There was also a chance to ride in the desert
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UAE Team Emirates visited the mosque in Abu Dhabi

UAE Team Emirates visited the mosque in Abu Dhabi
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The riders enjoy the sun rise in the desert

The riders enjoy the sun rise in the desert
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UAE Team Emirates have gathered in the United Arab Emirates for a get together as the team plans and prepares for the 2019 season.

Fernando Gaviria was among the new signings to travel to the UAE to meet his new teammates. Gaviria moved to UAE Team Emirates after ending his contract with Quick-Step Floors a year early. He is expected to share sprinting duties with Alexander Kristoff.

Other new riders joining UAE Team Emirates for 2019 include Tom Bohli (from BMC Racing), Sergio Henao (Team Sky), Juan Sebastian Molano (Manzana-Postobon), Jasper Philipsen and Rui and Ivo Oliveira (Hagens Berman-Axeon), plus Tour de L'Avenir winner Tadej Pogacar of Slovenian and Cristian Munoz of Colombia. Rui Costa and Diego Ulissi have both extended their contracts with the team.

Team leaders Dan Martin, Fabio Aru, Rui Costa and Kristoff all attended the get together, with riders mixing team building activities with planning and rides with local cyclists.

The 28 riders and directeur sportif planned their 2019 race calendars, underwent medical check-ups and tested new clothing and equipment. They also met with sponsors and rode with children from the Special Olympics and the Abu Dhabi Cycling Club. Some riders also gave cycling lessons to children from the Al Yasmina School.

UAE Team Emirates won 12 races in 2018 with Dan Martin winning on the Mur de Bretagne at the Tour de France and Alexander Kristoff on the Champs Elysees. Martin was also eighth overall but Aru struggled to be competitive at the Giro d'Italia and eventual quit the race. He rode the Vuelta a España but struggled to make an impact and crashed on stage 17. He ended his season at the Tour of Guangxi in China.