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Gallery: Astana go-kart racing in Montecatini Terme

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Valerio Agnoli leads the group out

Valerio Agnoli leads the group out
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Frederik Kessiakoff on a breakaway

Frederik Kessiakoff on a breakaway
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Jacopo Guarnieri gets the checkered flag

Jacopo Guarnieri gets the checkered flag
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Jakob Fuglsang gets a little bumper pressure

Jakob Fuglsang gets a little bumper pressure
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Francesco Gavazzi is amped up for the race

Francesco Gavazzi is amped up for the race
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Jakob Fuglsang and Fabio Aru pleased with their prizes

Jakob Fuglsang and Fabio Aru pleased with their prizes
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Jakob Fuglsang was pleased with his driving skills

Jakob Fuglsang was pleased with his driving skills
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The starting grid

The starting grid
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The riders cheer on their teammates on the track

The riders cheer on their teammates on the track
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Jacopo Guarnieri shows his speed isn't limited to two wheels

Jacopo Guarnieri shows his speed isn't limited to two wheels
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Alexandre Vinokourov

Alexandre Vinokourov
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Michele Scarponi helps Vincenzo Nibali clean up

Michele Scarponi helps Vincenzo Nibali clean up
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Vincenzo Nibali celebrates on the podium with Agnoli and Kessiakoff

Vincenzo Nibali celebrates on the podium with Agnoli and Kessiakoff
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Giuseppe Martinelli

Giuseppe Martinelli
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Andreiy Zeits in the lead

Andreiy Zeits in the lead
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Vincenzo Nibali out front

Vincenzo Nibali out front
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Alexandre Vinokourov getting a little practice for next year's caravan driving

Alexandre Vinokourov getting a little practice for next year's caravan driving
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Vincenzo Nibali gets help with his helmet from new teammate Michele Scarponi

Vincenzo Nibali gets help with his helmet from new teammate Michele Scarponi
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by Guoqiang SongTour of Hainan

by Guoqiang SongTour of Hainan
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Valerio Agnoli in the lead

Valerio Agnoli in the lead
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After a hard season of racing on two wheels, the Astana team took a break from riding but not from competition, as the riders and staff competed in go-kart racing at the team's gathering in Montecatini Terme.

While some riders proved more adept than others behind the wheel in Astana's off-the-bike team building exercise, it's likely that current F1 drivers aren't too nervous about their jobs.

The session brought new Italian recruit Michele Scarponi into the fold with fellow Grand Tour leader and compatriot Vincenzo Nibali under the management of Alexandre Vinokourov.

Vincenzo Nibali and Michele Scarponi will split Astana's Grand Tour duties: Nibali lead Astana at the Tour de France while Scarponi will take the Giro d'Italia.