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Video: A look at the pro bikes at the Tour of Qatar

This uniquely decorated Specialized frame means Vino is in Oman.

This uniquely decorated Specialized frame means Vino is in Oman.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

The Tour of Qatar may not have the challenging parcours of Paris-Roubaix or the steep peaks of the Plan de Corones at the Giro d'Italia but it still throws up a number of obstacles for teams and mechanics.

Heavy winds and poorly surfaced roads are the biggest challenges, as explained in this exclusive video interview with HTC-Highroad mechanic Gary Blem.

Also, take a look at some of the new rides on display this season, including bikes from the teams of Quickstep, Katusha and ISD amongst others.