In pictures: Press preview of 2017 Tour of Oman

The first of the six stages of the 2017 cycling Tour of Oman start on February 14, 2017 at Al-Sawadi Beach.
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Salim bin Mubarak Al Hassani (L), head of the committee members of the Tour of Oman and Belgium race organise Eddy Merckx hold the red jersey of the overhall winner during a press conference on the eve of start of the 2017 cycling Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017, in Muscat. The first of the six stages of the 2017 cycling Tour of Oman start on February 14, 2017 at Al-Sawadi Beach. (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Imag
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(L to R) Bob Jungels, Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet, Greg van Avermaet, Alexander Kristoff and Rui Costa pose for photo ahead of the 2017 Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017 in Muscat, Oman. (Getty Images)
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Salim bin Mubarak Al Hassani, head of the committee members of the Tour of Oman attends a press conference on the eve of start of the 2017 cycling Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017, in Muscat. (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
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(L to R) Bob Jungels, Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet, Greg van Avermaet, Alexander Kristoff and Rui Costa pose for a photo ahead of the 2017 Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017 in Muscat, Oman. (Getty Images)
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Race Organiser Eddy Merckx addresses a press conference ahead of the 2017 Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017 in Muscat, Oman. (Getty Images)
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Fabio Aru of Italy and the Astana Pro Team looks on ahead of the 2017 Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017 in Muscat, Oman. (Getty Images)
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Competitions Director Thierry Gouvenou addresses a press conference ahead of the 2017 Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017 in Muscat, Oman. (Getty Images)
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Belgium's Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet from BMC Racing Team attends a press conference on the eve of the start of the 2017 cycling Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017 in Muscat. (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
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Race Organiser Eddy Merckx addresses a press conference ahead of the 2017 Tour of Oman on February 13, 2017 in Muscat, Oman. (Getty Images)