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Gallery: Astana joins the Calpe camp clan

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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
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Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)

Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)
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Astana training in Spain

Astana training in Spain
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Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana)

Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana)
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Team Astana

Team Astana
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Francesco Gavazzi (Astana)

Francesco Gavazzi (Astana)
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Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)

Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)
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Janez Brajkovic (Astana)

Janez Brajkovic (Astana)
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The Astana team training in Calpe

The Astana team training in Calpe
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Simone Ponzi (Astana)

Simone Ponzi (Astana)
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
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Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)

Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)
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Giuseppe Martinelli and Alexandre Vinokourov look for a nice spot for dinner

Giuseppe Martinelli and Alexandre Vinokourov look for a nice spot for dinner
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) leads the team

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) leads the team
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Roman Kreuziger (Astana)

Roman Kreuziger (Astana)
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Roman Kreuziger (Astana) will be looking to prove his clas

Roman Kreuziger (Astana) will be looking to prove his clas
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Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana)

Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana)
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) is back and hoping for big things this year

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) is back and hoping for big things this year
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Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana)

Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana)
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The team relaxing on the beach

The team relaxing on the beach
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Robert Kiserlovski (Astana)

Robert Kiserlovski (Astana)
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) didn't need to pay for this photo to be taken

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) didn't need to pay for this photo to be taken
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) ready for training

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) ready for training
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Janez Brajkovic (Astana)

Janez Brajkovic (Astana)
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Roman Kreuziger (Astana) shows he can sprint

Roman Kreuziger (Astana) shows he can sprint
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Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)

Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)
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A time trial bike is assembled

A time trial bike is assembled
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Robert Kiserlovski talks with Gorazd Stangelj

Robert Kiserlovski talks with Gorazd Stangelj
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
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Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) leads the group

Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) leads the group
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Roman Kreuziger (Astana)

Roman Kreuziger (Astana)
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Paolo Tiralongo (Astana)

Paolo Tiralongo (Astana)
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Calpe has become a hotbed of team activity in recent years

Calpe has become a hotbed of team activity in recent years
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A team mechanic hard at work

A team mechanic hard at work
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Roman Kreuziger (Astana)

Roman Kreuziger (Astana)
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The Astana team has a number of objectives in 2012

The Astana team has a number of objectives in 2012
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The Astana team has a number of objectives in 2012

The Astana team has a number of objectives in 2012
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
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The period of training camps is coming to a close [Thank heavens! - Ed.], but that hasn't stopped the Astana team cramming in a final few days of training on the Spanish coast.

Garmin-Barracuda, BMC, GreenEdge, RadioShack and even a  solitary Nick Nuyens, have all ventured to the sleepy tourist resort.

This year's Astana team appears as a far stronger proposition to the 2011 version. Janez Brajkovic joins from Astana and will add much needed steel to the team's prospects in stage races, while Dimitry Muravyev, Borut Bozic and Kevin Seeldraeyers will add strength in depth.

Of course, the star of the Astana show remains Alexander Vinokourov. Whether it's through race performances or controversies, the veteran always attracts attention and with 2012 being his final season in the professional ranks, he'll be looking to go out with a bang before retiring at the London Olympics.