UAE Team Emirates hike towards 2018 - Gallery, Video

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.

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