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Astana team presented as Martinelli steps down - gallery

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Alexander Vinokourov and 2016 Astana team

Alexander Vinokourov and 2016 Astana team
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An intense Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru on stage at the presentation

An intense Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru on stage at the presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru are the star riders on Astana and were the centre of attention at the team presentation

Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru are the star riders on Astana and were the centre of attention at the team presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru in a ligher moment on stage

Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru in a ligher moment on stage
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Vincenzo Nibali and Alexander Vinokourov at the Astana team presentation

Vincenzo Nibali and Alexander Vinokourov at the Astana team presentation
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Riders looking over a city model

Riders looking over a city model
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Alexander Vinokourov takes a 'selfie' at the Astana presentation

Alexander Vinokourov takes a 'selfie' at the Astana presentation
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The 2016 Astana team presentation

The 2016 Astana team presentation
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Alexander Vinokourov takes a 'selfie' at the Astana presentation

Alexander Vinokourov takes a 'selfie' at the Astana presentation
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The 2016 Astana team presentation

The 2016 Astana team presentation
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The 2016 Astana team presentation took place in Kazakhstan

The 2016 Astana team presentation took place in Kazakhstan
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The 2016 Astana team presentation took place in Kazakhstan

The 2016 Astana team presentation took place in Kazakhstan
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is introduced to the team's sponsors

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is introduced to the team's sponsors
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At the Astana presentation in Kazakhstan

At the Astana presentation in Kazakhstan
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Astana held their own press conference ahead of their team presentation

Astana held their own press conference ahead of their team presentation
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The Astana riders arrive for their team presentation

The Astana riders arrive for their team presentation
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Riders are offered a bite to eat at the presentation

Riders are offered a bite to eat at the presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali will target the Giro d'Italia in 2016

Vincenzo Nibali will target the Giro d'Italia in 2016
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Alexander Vinokourov presents an Astana team jersey

Alexander Vinokourov presents an Astana team jersey
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Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru (Astana)

Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru (Astana)
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Astana presented their 2016 squad in Kazakstan on Saturday with Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru and Alexander Vinokourov all in attendance.

The team also celebrated their ten years in cycling with team manager, Vinokourov leading the celebrations.

"It's a special day for us. Ten years in cycling with Astana and we will be an ambassador for expo Astana 2017. It's a great day for us and for the Kazak nation," the former Olympic road race champion said.

The team recently held their December training camp in Spain and have targeted the Giro d'Italia with Nibali and the Tour de France with Vuelta a Espana winner Fabio Aru.

On Sunday it was announced that manager Giuseppe Martinelli would step down from his current role with Dimitry Fofonov taking over. Cyclingnews understands that the management and sponsors were looking for a younger candidate to fill Martinelli's shoes, although the Italian will stay on as a director sportif in 2016.