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Astana training in Spain

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Astana's Daniel Navarro and Alberto Contador during the team's training camp in Calpe.

Astana's Daniel Navarro and Alberto Contador during the team's training camp in Calpe.
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Astana team members await the start of a training ride in Calpe, Spain.

Astana team members await the start of a training ride in Calpe, Spain.
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Alberto Contador poses for photographers at the Astana training camp.

Alberto Contador poses for photographers at the Astana training camp.
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Astana's Alberto Contador adjusts his helmet prior to a training ride in Calpe, Spain.

Astana's Alberto Contador adjusts his helmet prior to a training ride in Calpe, Spain.
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Alberto Contador gets ready for a training ride at the Astana camp in Calpe, Spain.

Alberto Contador gets ready for a training ride at the Astana camp in Calpe, Spain.
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Alberto Contador spends some time at the front during a training ride in Calpe, Spain.

Alberto Contador spends some time at the front during a training ride in Calpe, Spain.
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The Astana team during the first of 11 days of training in Calpe, Spain.

The Astana team during the first of 11 days of training in Calpe, Spain.
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Alberto Contador chats with a teammate during a training ride in Calpe, Spain.

Alberto Contador chats with a teammate during a training ride in Calpe, Spain.
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Alberto Contador sets tempo for his Astana teammates.

Alberto Contador sets tempo for his Astana teammates.
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Alberto Contador leads the team during a training ride.

Alberto Contador leads the team during a training ride.
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The Astana team poses for a photo prior to a training ride in Calpe, Spain.

The Astana team poses for a photo prior to a training ride in Calpe, Spain.
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Alberto Contador, right, is about to set out on a ride during Astana's training camp.

Alberto Contador, right, is about to set out on a ride during Astana's training camp.
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The Astana team puts in the miles at its Calpe, Spain training camp.

The Astana team puts in the miles at its Calpe, Spain training camp.
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Astana's Alberto Contador at the team's training camp in Calpe.

Astana's Alberto Contador at the team's training camp in Calpe.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) prior to heading out on a training ride with his team.

Alberto Contador (Astana) prior to heading out on a training ride with his team.
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Assan Bazayev, center, at the front of Astana's training ride.

Assan Bazayev, center, at the front of Astana's training ride.
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New Astana team member Mirko Selvaggi, center, chats with Alberto Contador.

New Astana team member Mirko Selvaggi, center, chats with Alberto Contador.
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Alberto Contador zips up at the summit of the Col de Rates.

Alberto Contador zips up at the summit of the Col de Rates.
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Alberto Contador is dressed for cold weather on a team training ride.

Alberto Contador is dressed for cold weather on a team training ride.
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Astana's Benjamin Noval, David De la Fuente, Pepe Martí, and Daniel Navarro (l-r)

Astana's Benjamin Noval, David De la Fuente, Pepe Martí, and Daniel Navarro (l-r)
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After Team Katusha in December and several Quick Step riders last week, Alberto Contador's Astana squad has travelled to Calpe, near Alicante in southern Spain, for a training camp.

Except for the team's line-up currently in Australia for the Tour Down Under, the whole of Astana's roster has met in Calpe on Thursday for some extensive rides in better weather conditions.

"I don't remember a winter that was that bad," said Contador to AFP, explaining that his pre-season build-up had been somewhat compromised by the cold weather and snow that reigned in Europe since Christmas.

"I am completely confident," he meanwhile declared, even though the 2009 Tour de France winner was not able to train every day in the last weeks. "I feel really good, compared to other years." Contador is scheduled to debut the 2010 season at the Volta a o Algarve in Portugal from February 17-21.

"This year, I don't think I will attain the same level (in Algarve) but it will be a good assessment for the other races," added Contador, who also plans to race Paris-Nice from March 7-14.