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Gallery: Androni Giocattoli assemble for winter retreat

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Pellizotti keeps warm while standing in front of the Pantani memorial

Pellizotti keeps warm while standing in front of the Pantani memorial
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The team head out in the town featured in the Memorial Marco Pantani race

The team head out in the town featured in the Memorial Marco Pantani race
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Pellizotti was keeping a close eye on the process

Pellizotti was keeping a close eye on the process
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Sometimes it takes more than one to build a bike

Sometimes it takes more than one to build a bike
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Pellizotti gives Fabio Feline some therapeutic relief at the end of the day

Pellizotti gives Fabio Feline some therapeutic relief at the end of the day
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Androni Giocattoli line up in front of the team truck

Androni Giocattoli line up in front of the team truck
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Franco Pellizotti's Italian champion jersey has limited sponsor placement

Franco Pellizotti's Italian champion jersey has limited sponsor placement
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The Androni Giocattoli riders head out for a spin

The Androni Giocattoli riders head out for a spin
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Franco Pellizotti at the memorial dedicated to Marco Pantani

Franco Pellizotti at the memorial dedicated to Marco Pantani
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Franco Pellizotti gets a black Sempre as part of his Italian national champion's ensemble

Franco Pellizotti gets a black Sempre as part of his Italian national champion's ensemble
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Reda's bike for the upcoming season, the Bianchi Sempre

Reda's bike for the upcoming season, the Bianchi Sempre
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 Francesco Reda's Bianchi Sempre for 2013

Francesco Reda's Bianchi Sempre for 2013
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Gavazzi warms up ahead of some effort testing

Gavazzi warms up ahead of some effort testing
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Mattia Gavazzi gives it his all during a testing session

Mattia Gavazzi gives it his all during a testing session
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The Androni Giocattoli team will ride the Bianchi Sempre in 2013

The Androni Giocattoli team will ride the Bianchi Sempre in 2013
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Mattia Gavazzi gives his 2012 Bianchi one last effort

Mattia Gavazzi gives his 2012 Bianchi one last effort
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Pellizotti takes his equipment very seriously

Pellizotti takes his equipment very seriously
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`Gianni Savio was looking fit and healthy at the Androni Giocattoli winter camp

`Gianni Savio was looking fit and healthy at the Androni Giocattoli winter camp
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Franco Pellizotti, Spidermec sponsor Pino Buda and Gianni Savio

Franco Pellizotti, Spidermec sponsor Pino Buda and Gianni Savio
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Team therapist gives Pellizotti some treatment with the Technosix

Team therapist gives Pellizotti some treatment with the Technosix
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Emanuele Sella with his new Bianchi Sempre

Emanuele Sella with his new Bianchi Sempre
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The Androni Giocattoli team led by current Italian road champion Franco Pellizotti spent a few days together in the town of Cesenatico for pre-season bike fitting and general training. Team general manager Gianni Savio attended the get-together while the riders visited a number of iconic spots, including the birthplace of Marco Pantani.

Pellizotti was paying close attention to the work of his team mechanics as they went about building his new Bianchi Sempre. A number of riders had their current Bianchi Oltre’s at the camp, fitted with older generation SRAM Red; however, the team will use Campagnolo 11-speed in 2013.

At this point it looks like the entire team will be fitted with the Super Record mechanical groupset from the Italian manufacturer with FSA remaining on-board as the crank, handlebars, stem and seatpost supplier. Fuclrum re-ups as the wheel partner with riders having the choice from an extensive range of options, including the popular Racing Speed - carbon tubular wheelset.

The team also took a quick visit to the Marco Pantani memorial, where Pellizotti posed with his bike in front of the statue dedicated to arguably one of the best climbers of all-time. The Spazio Pantani, "Pantani Space" is one of the attractions inside the small town of Cesenatico in which the former Tour de France winner was born. However, the team didn’t have the opportunity to visit the museum of the Italian professional who passed away on February 14, 2004.