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Members of the newest team on the UCI WorldTour gathered in Australia for a team camp in December ahead of GreenEdge's season debut in 2012.
Part training camp, part bonding session GreenEdge began the fortnight by basing themselves at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for medical testing before taking on several long rides into the high country. It was there that team management received confirmation that they had indeed been successful in gaining a ProTour licence for 2012 and 2013, following an 18-month-long plan borne of a meeting between financier Gerry Ryan and Shayne Bannan on July 25, 2010.
The second week was perhaps a little easier, including having the riders take part in a training session with Melbourne Storm rugby league team, go-karting, golf, an even recording the team's official theme song at the home of Australian music identity, Molly Meldrum.
Cyclingnews takes a look behind the scenes.