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Thumbs up. Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso lead the Liquigas-Cannondale charge.

Thumbs up. Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso lead the Liquigas-Cannondale charge.
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Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso show off the 2011 Liquigas-Cannondale kit

Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso show off the 2011 Liquigas-Cannondale kit
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Ted King found a place with Liquigas-Cannondale after Cervelo TestTeam folded.

Ted King found a place with Liquigas-Cannondale after Cervelo TestTeam folded.
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) impressed in 2010.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) impressed in 2010.
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) is aiming to make an impression in the classics.

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) is aiming to make an impression in the classics.
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Tiziano Dall'Antonia at the Liquigas-Cannondale team presentation.

Tiziano Dall'Antonia at the Liquigas-Cannondale team presentation.
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Tiziano Dall'Antonia is in his second year with (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Tiziano Dall'Antonia is in his second year with (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Davide Cimolai shows Liquigas-Cannondale's new kit for 2011.

Davide Cimolai shows Liquigas-Cannondale's new kit for 2011.
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Maciej Bodnar is a key lieutenant at Liquigas-Cannondale.

Maciej Bodnar is a key lieutenant at Liquigas-Cannondale.
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Paolo Dal Lago is president of Liquigas Sport.

Paolo Dal Lago is president of Liquigas Sport.
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Roberto Amadio and Paolo Dal Lago confer at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation.

Roberto Amadio and Paolo Dal Lago confer at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation.
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Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali will share leadership duties at Liquigas-Cannondale in 2011.

Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali will share leadership duties at Liquigas-Cannondale in 2011.
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DS Paolo Slongo with Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale).

DS Paolo Slongo with Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is aiming to win the Giro d'Italia in 2011.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is aiming to win the Giro d'Italia in 2011.
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) is tipped for big things in 2011.

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) is tipped for big things in 2011.
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Ready to rock. Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) pulls his trademark move.

Ready to rock. Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) pulls his trademark move.
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Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) joins from Colnago-CSF Inox.

Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) joins from Colnago-CSF Inox.
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Italian manager Paolo Bettini and Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Italian manager Paolo Bettini and Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Paolo Bettini greets Ivan Basso at the Liquigas-Cannondale launch in Milan.

Paolo Bettini greets Ivan Basso at the Liquigas-Cannondale launch in Milan.
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Vincenzo Nibali listens as Ivan Basso spells out his 2011 plans at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation in Milan.

Vincenzo Nibali listens as Ivan Basso spells out his 2011 plans at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation in Milan.
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Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) arrives from Milram.

Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) arrives from Milram.
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The spoils of the 2010 campaign - Nibali's red jersey and Basso's maglia rosa.

The spoils of the 2010 campaign - Nibali's red jersey and Basso's maglia rosa.
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Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali in Liquigas-Cannondale's new white jersey.

Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali in Liquigas-Cannondale's new white jersey.
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Can I come out now? Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas-Cannondale) is ready for his close-up.

Can I come out now? Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas-Cannondale) is ready for his close-up.
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Col. Angelo Giacomino was among the guests at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation.

Col. Angelo Giacomino was among the guests at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation.
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Jacopo Guarnieri is one of the rising stars of the Liquigas-Cannondale team.

Jacopo Guarnieri is one of the rising stars of the Liquigas-Cannondale team.
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The Liquigas-Cannondale presentation took place in Palazzo Cusani in Milan.

The Liquigas-Cannondale presentation took place in Palazzo Cusani in Milan.
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The 2011 Liquigas-Cannondale squad is led by Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali.

The 2011 Liquigas-Cannondale squad is led by Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali.
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The stage is set for a big 2011.

The stage is set for a big 2011.
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Mauro Finetto (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the team presentation in Milan.

Mauro Finetto (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the team presentation in Milan.
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The 2011 Liquigas-Cannondale management team.

The 2011 Liquigas-Cannondale management team.
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Italian manager Paolo Bettini and Italian federation head Renato Di Rocco at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation in Milan.

Italian manager Paolo Bettini and Italian federation head Renato Di Rocco at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation in Milan.
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is hoping to make a mark on 2011.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is hoping to make a mark on 2011.
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Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the team launch in Milan.

Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the team launch in Milan.
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Liquigas-Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio pictured with Ivan Basso.

Liquigas-Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio pictured with Ivan Basso.
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) salutes the crowds in Milan.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) salutes the crowds in Milan.
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) is aiming for the Tour de France in 2011.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) is aiming for the Tour de France in 2011.
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) reporting for duty.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) reporting for duty.
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Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago.

Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago.
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Paolo Dal Lago speaking at Liquigas-Cannondale presentation in Milan.

Paolo Dal Lago speaking at Liquigas-Cannondale presentation in Milan.
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Paolo Dal Lago addresses the media at the Liquigas-Cannondale 2011 launch.

Paolo Dal Lago addresses the media at the Liquigas-Cannondale 2011 launch.
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The Liquigas team was presented in Milan.

The Liquigas team was presented in Milan.
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The jersey design for the 2011 Liquigas-Cannondale team was unveiled today at the team presentation in Milan, with team leaders Ivan Basso, winner of the 2006 and 2010 Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta a Espana winner Vincenzo Nibali sporting the white, green and blue design.

Basso may give up the chance to defend his Tour of Italy title in order to focus on his dream of gaining his first ever Tour de France victory, while Nibali will be the team's designated leader for the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

"If I participate [in the Giro], it will be to help Nibali," Basso said according to AFP. "I will calmly decide in the coming months. " Basso remembered his trainer, Aldo Sassi, who died Dec. 13 at age 51. "He told me to wear the yellow jersey," said Basso. "His death was a blow. He will be missed."

The team's manager Roberto Amadio said his aim is to have the Liquigas-Cannondale team as a main protagonist in every race. "We will be competitive, I have no doubt," Amadio said. "We will try to be an example of a team which achieves the best sporting results with sacrifice and hard work. What matters to us, first of all, is the way in which you achieve the victories."

The 2011 Liquigas-Cannondale team:

Valerio Agnoli, Ivan Basso, Francesco Bellotti, Macej Bodnar, Eros Capecchi, Damiano Caruso, Davide Cimolai, Mauro Da Dalto, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Timothy Duggan, Mauro Finetto, Jacopo Guarnieri, Ted King, Kristijan Koren, Paolo Longo Borghini, Alan Marangoni, Dominik Nerz, Vincenzo Nibali, Daniel Oss, Maciej Paterski, Simone Ponzi, Fabio Sabatini, Jurai Sagan, Peter Sagan, Cristiano Salerno, Silwester Szmyd, Alessandro Vanotti, Elia Viviani, Cameron Wurf.

View our complete Liquigas-Cannondale presentation photo gallery here.