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Gallery: Astana in training in Spain

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December 19, 2013, 17:50,
December 19, 2013, 23:52
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, December 20, 2013
Astana pass a local landmark while out training

Astana pass a local landmark while out training

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Nibali, Scarponi and Fuglsang begin 2014 preparations in Calpe

Astana's build-up to the 2014 campaign is underway in earnest in Calpe, where the team has gathered for its first formal training camp ahead of the new season. The team arrived in Spain on December 10 and will remain until Friday.

The Tour de France is team leader Vincenzo Nibali's primary goal for 2014, but the Giro winner explained that, as ever, his season is broken into two distinct blocks, with a rest period in between. The first block begins with the Tour de San Luis in Argentina in January and runs until Liège-Bastogne-Liège, while the second is centred on the Tour.

"I'm a rider who's always had multiple objectives through the season and broken it up into two parts, with a break in between," Nibali said earlier in the week. "I've always managed to do well by following that plan, but it's not always easy either."

Among the new signings on show in Calpe is Michele Scarponi, still training in his Lampre-Merida kit as the final days of his 2013 contract wind down. The veteran Scarponi has been signed with a dual purpose: to support Nibali at the Tour and to lead Astana's challenge at the Giro d'Italia.

"It's the first time we're on the same team, apart from a couple of races with Italy obviously, but Scarponi's a very good rider and he’ll be able to show his worth out on the road," Nibali said. Scarponi was victim of a crash early on the camp, but reported no serious after-effects from the fall and was able to play a full part in training throughout.

The Astana squad broke into a series of smaller groups to undertake a series of team time trial drills on Sunday, and then had a five and a half hour training ride on Monday, before posing for the official team photographs the following day.

For a gallery of pictures on and off the bike from the Astana camp, click here.

ralphbert 10 months ago
I hope the others gave Fugslang a wide birth, he tends to ride around with his eyes closed.
jozzaCH 10 months ago
Vanotti and Brakovic's bikes are piff :P
TobyNor 10 months ago
The Sun-Web cyclocross team also went to Calpe. How is it there? Mountainous, flat, hot, windy? Any experiences? Are there any other teams in that area?
PatsyCline 10 months ago
I really don't like those cycling shoes. I bet Fuglsang is really hoping that MTN-Qhubeka and IAM Racing get invited to a lot of races. With both Kinus Gerdemann and Thomas Löfkvist in the peloton, he will only be the third most feminine looking rider.
Cance > TheRest 10 months ago
You know the danish viewers actually find him to be the most attractive danish pro cyclist. Can't say I disagree with though, he looks kind of feminine in a way