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UAE Team Emirates hike towards 2018 - Gallery, Video

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Simone Petilli, injured in Il Lombardia, was in good spirits with Giuseppe Saronni

Simone Petilli, injured in Il Lombardia, was in good spirits with Giuseppe Saronni (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Riders and directors in a meeting

Riders and directors in a meeting (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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(Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The riders and staff were presented with the team's rules

The riders and staff were presented with the team's rules (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team files in for a hike on Monte Tamaro

The team files in for a hike on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team heads out for a hike on Monte Tamaro

The team heads out for a hike on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Young at heart

Young at heart (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team hikes on Monte Tamaro

The team hikes on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team hikes on Monte Tamaro

The team hikes on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team hikes on Monte Tamaro

The team hikes on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team hikes on Monte Tamaro

The team hikes on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team hikes on Monte Tamaro

The team hikes on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team hikes on Monte Tamaro

The team hikes on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team hikes on Monte Tamaro

The team hikes on Monte Tamaro (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Manuele Mori has a laugh

Manuele Mori has a laugh (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Riders each sat down with trainers and team doctors for an evaluation and plan

Riders each sat down with trainers and team doctors for an evaluation and plan (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Vented and aero versions of the MET helmets for UAE Team Emirates

Vented and aero versions of the MET helmets for UAE Team Emirates (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Diego Ulissi in a meeting with team staff

Diego Ulissi in a meeting with team staff (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Each rider had a one-on-one with team staff

Each rider had a one-on-one with team staff (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The team meeting was also a time to be fitted for race and casual clothing

The team meeting was also a time to be fitted for race and casual clothing (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Riders sat down with trainers to discuss plans for 2018

Riders sat down with trainers to discuss plans for 2018 (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Giuseppe Saronni was on hand at the team camp

Giuseppe Saronni was on hand at the team camp (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Physiological testing for each rider at the UAE Team Emirates camp

Physiological testing for each rider at the UAE Team Emirates camp (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Diego Ulissi in the plank pose

Diego Ulissi in the plank pose (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Riders were tested on and off the bike at the UAE Team Emirates camp

Riders were tested on and off the bike at the UAE Team Emirates camp (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The UAE Team Emirates sports directors sat down with each rider to discuss race schedules

The UAE Team Emirates sports directors sat down with each rider to discuss race schedules (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Bike fittings for the UAE Team Emirates riders

Bike fittings for the UAE Team Emirates riders (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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The wheels were hung on the wall with care in hopes that the 2018 season soon would be there

The wheels were hung on the wall with care in hopes that the 2018 season soon would be there (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Even the team's MET helmets were carefully fitted

Even the team's MET helmets were carefully fitted (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Riders were fitted to the team's MET helmets

Riders were fitted to the team's MET helmets (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Darwin Atapuma sits down with the team staff

Darwin Atapuma sits down with the team staff (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)
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Diego Ulissi

Diego Ulissi (Image credit: Fizza/UAE Team Emirates)

Giuseppe Saronni assembled the riders of the 2018 UAE Team Emirates in Lugano last week for a range of preparations for the coming season and a little excursion up Mount Tamaro.

Riders such as Diego Ulissi, winner of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal and Presidential Tour of Turkey, sat down with the team's directeurs sportif to plan the coming season's race schedule. Even Simone Petilli, only out of the hospital for two weeks and still in a neck brace and arm sling due to his injuries from a crash in Il Lombardia was on hand for the camp.

The riders were also given physiological tests, met with trainers, were fitted for next season's cycling and casual clothing and equipment such as the team's MET helmets and Colnago bikes.

Click through the gallery of images to get an inside glimpse into the WorldTour team's preparations for 2018, and check out the video below or visit the team's website for more.