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Astana busy training

Astana climbs the hills

Astana climbs the hills (Image credit: View over Abinger Hammer cricket ground as the peloton ride by fans in the Surrey countryside sitting in their local watering hole)

Astana's team has been busy training and preparing for the 2009 season in its first pre-season training camp on the island of Tenerife. The team boasts strong men such as Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Klöden – all proven Grand Tour riders.

With so much depth, Astana will be a favorite at the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France and other races next year, especially with American Lance Armstrong making his come back to professional cycling.

Cyclingnews has been following the action including the team's press conference on Thursday. Take a look at some new photos by Pete Goding that we added to a previous gallery.

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