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Contador attends first Saxo Bank-SunGard camp

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Contador show's his technique

Contador show's his technique
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Contador after his windsurf lesson

Contador after his windsurf lesson
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Time for a song

Time for a song
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Contador tries his hand at cabaret

Contador tries his hand at cabaret
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This is what they mean by team building

This is what they mean by team building
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Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador
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This looks harder than riding a bike

This looks harder than riding a bike
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The riders wind surfing skills were left bare during the camp

The riders wind surfing skills were left bare during the camp
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The Saxo Bank riders try their hand at wind surfing

The Saxo Bank riders try their hand at wind surfing
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Can Contador keep things under control?

Can Contador keep things under control?
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Alberto Contador is about to get wet

Alberto Contador is about to get wet
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Brian Vandborg shows his surfboard skills

Brian Vandborg shows his surfboard skills
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Contador and Riis together in the sea

Contador and Riis together in the sea
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The camp was was all about team building

The camp was was all about team building
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Team work

Team work
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Alberto Contador and Richie Porte ride together

Alberto Contador and Richie Porte ride together
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The riders rode in their 2010 kit

The riders rode in their 2010 kit
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Lessons on how to kite surf

Lessons on how to kite surf
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They can ride bikes but can they wins surf?

They can ride bikes but can they wins surf?
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The water looked warm

The water looked warm
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Alberto Contador falls off

Alberto Contador falls off
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Who's the juggler?

Who's the juggler?
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Contador tries kite surfing

Contador tries kite surfing
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Even Bjarne Riis cracked a smile

Even Bjarne Riis cracked a smile
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The water was warm in Fuerteventura

The water was warm in Fuerteventura
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Directeur sportif Brad McGee enjoyed his time on the beach

Directeur sportif Brad McGee enjoyed his time on the beach
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Contador celebrates on the podium

Contador celebrates on the podium
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The team building involved all 62 people in the team

The team building involved all 62 people in the team
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Old kit but new Specialized training bikes

Old kit but new Specialized training bikes
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Bjarne Riis checks out Alberto's Contador's form during a ride

Bjarne Riis checks out Alberto's Contador's form during a ride
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Alberto Contador put his doping problems aside for a few days to spend time with his new Saxo Bank-SunGard teammates in the Canary Islands.

The Spaniard does not know if he will be able to race with Bjarne Riis’ team in 2011 after testing positive for Clenbuterol during the Tour de France. However he seemed to enjoy the get-together in Fuerteventura as he got to know new teammates including Richie Porte, Baden Cooke, Nick Nuyens and Jonny Bellis.

Team owner Bjarne Riis is known for his tough boot camps, that push the riders and staff to their limits. In the past he has taken his team to the wilds of Northern Denmark and even South Africa, forcing everyone to overcome their fears of water and even dangerous animals, to prepare them for the problems of the season ahead. With budgets tight for 2011, the Danish team held a more traditional camp at the resort of sponsor Playitas in Fuerteventura. The riders spent a week together, riding their new Specialized 2011 bikes and competing in teams as they learnt to wind- and kite-surf, and perform as a group of acrobats.

Because most riders are still under contract with their 2010 teams, they rode in their old kit. Contador rode in his Astana clothing and Nuyens was in his Rabobank kit. They will be able to wear their new kit from January 1.

The atmosphere was relaxed but Riis kept an eye on everyone in the team.

“To me, the most important issue during this year's team building has been to integrate all the new riders and staff and to establish a team spirit based upon good and memorable experiences which will be remembered and talked about throughout the whole year,” Riis said.

“And I can already see that it is paying off. The atmosphere is relaxed. People are laughing, having a great time and it's important for me to know that everyone gets the feeling of being part of the well-known Saxo Bank-SunGard team spirit.”

The riders are set to return to the Playitas resort in Fuerteventura for further training before the start of the 2011 season.