Teams ready themselves for this week's Tour of Oman, assembling bikes and putting in some training miles. Photos by Graham Watson
Fabian Cancellara before the 2015 Tour of Oman
Pro cycling’s travelling circus has set up stall in Oman for the country’s stage race starting on Tuesday. The riders have had a day or two to settle in after travelling and before the Tour of Oman kicks off with stage one.
Team mechanics work hard to reassemble the team’s bikes and set up the necessary service centre for the duration of the race. Team staff and riders organise themselves, with training rides scheduled in and team meetings to discuss tactics and logistics.
Many of the riders in Oman have come straight to the race from the Tour of Qatar, which finished on Friday. Others have travelled in from Europe, or further afield, for their first taste of top-level racing.
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Tour of Oman race organiser and all-round legend Eddy Merckx talks to Trek sports director Dirk Demol
Orica-GreenEdge’s Mitch Docker takes a breather
Peter Sagan arrived at the race from the Tour of Qatar, where he finished sixth
Irishman Phillip Deignan looks relaxed before the start of the race
Former pro turned Sky sports director Nicolas Portal chats to his riders
A MTN-Qhubeka mechanic checks over the team’s bikes, making sure they measure up to each rider’s exact requirements
A BMC mechanic undertakes the fiddly job of gluing on tubs
Christian Knees rests in the team’s preparation area
British Tinkoff-Saxo sports director Sean Yates (left) speaks to his colleague Tristan Hoffman
Some teams elect to use individual bottled water for each rider’s bidon…
… and others have a more economical solution
New Sky recruit Leopold Konig will have a chance to lead the team in the Tour of Oman
BMC’s team kit is laid out and accounted for