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Florencio joins Geox-TMC for 2011

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The Geox-TMC team get set to head out for training.

The Geox-TMC team get set to head out for training.
(Image credit: María Rodríguez)
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Could these red, white and black helmets be a hint of the Geox-TMC color scheme?

Could these red, white and black helmets be a hint of the Geox-TMC color scheme?
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The group heads out.

The group heads out.
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Look! I'm riding with Denis Menchov!

Look! I'm riding with Denis Menchov!
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Carlos Sastre is dwarfed by his new teammate Dmitriy Kozontchuk

Carlos Sastre is dwarfed by his new teammate Dmitriy Kozontchuk
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The team head down the motorway

The team head down the motorway
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The team car pauses to wait for the riders.

The team car pauses to wait for the riders.
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Stefano Zanini, the team's DS, gets a wheel.

Stefano Zanini, the team's DS, gets a wheel.
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Marcel Wyss is new to the team

Marcel Wyss is new to the team
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Dmitriy Kozontchuk came across to the team with Denis Menchov from Rabobank

Dmitriy Kozontchuk came across to the team with Denis Menchov from Rabobank
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Daniele Nardello takes a call.

Daniele Nardello takes a call.
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Geox-TMC out training in Spain.

Geox-TMC out training in Spain.
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Sastre wants to keep going, but his teammates need a break

Sastre wants to keep going, but his teammates need a break
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The Russians adjust their bikes.

The Russians adjust their bikes.
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Carlos Sastre waits patiently.

Carlos Sastre waits patiently.
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Dmitriy Kozontchuk towers over his teammates

Dmitriy Kozontchuk towers over his teammates
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Rafael Valls comes from the Footon-Servetto team

Rafael Valls comes from the Footon-Servetto team
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Carlos Sastre at the Geox-TMC camp in Vilaseca

Carlos Sastre at the Geox-TMC camp in Vilaseca
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Carlos Sastre shows off the 2011 Geox-TMC Fuji

Carlos Sastre shows off the 2011 Geox-TMC Fuji
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The team bikes are ready to go

The team bikes are ready to go
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Rotor provided the cranks for Team Geox-TMC

Rotor provided the cranks for Team Geox-TMC
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Shimano Dura Ace is the team's choice for components.

Shimano Dura Ace is the team's choice for components.
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Guess who this bike belongs to?

Guess who this bike belongs to?
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The team get ready for the training ride.

The team get ready for the training ride.
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The Geox-TMC team is keeping its 2011 kit hidden for now.

The Geox-TMC team is keeping its 2011 kit hidden for now.
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Carlos Sastre prepares for the training ride.

Carlos Sastre prepares for the training ride.
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Sastre checks out the team's gear.

Sastre checks out the team's gear.
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Carlos Sastre ready to get on his new ride.

Carlos Sastre ready to get on his new ride.
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Riders roll out for the Geox-TMC training camp

Riders roll out for the Geox-TMC training camp
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Xavier Florencio is the team's newest recruit

Xavier Florencio is the team's newest recruit
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The team head off into the mist.

The team head off into the mist.
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The Geox-TMC squad of Grand Tour champions Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov are getting prepared for the 2011 season with a training camp in Vila-Seca near Tarragona, Spain. The team will remain at the camp through January 16 before its presentation at the end of the month near the Geox headquarters in Montebelluna, Italy.

Joining the team at the camp is the newest member, Spaniard Xavier Florencio. The winner of the 2006 Clasica San Sebastian was without a contract after the Cervélo TestTeam disbanded.

Florencio was critical of his former team after it dropped him on the eve of the Tour de France because he had used medicine to treat a saddle sore that was not approved by the team and contained the banned substance ephedrine.

The team has yet to reveal the design of its clothing for the 2011 season, but have been equipped with their Fuji Altamira road bikes, built with Shimano and Oval Concept components, Rotor cranksets and Hutchinson tires.

Team Geox-TMC for 2011

Tomas Alberio
Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano
David Blanco Rodriguez
Matthias Brändle
Giampaolo Cheula
Juan Jose Cobo Acebo
Daniele Colli
Marco Corti
David De La Fuente Rasilla
Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo
Arkaitz Duran Aroca
Fabio Felline
Xavier Florencio Cabre
Noe Gianetti
David Gutierrez Gutierrez
Dmitriy Kozontchuk
Marko Kump
Denis Menchov
Matteo Pelucchi
Daniele Ratto
Carlos Sastre Candil
Rafael Valls Ferri
Marcel Wyss