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Gallery: Astana mechanics build 2014 team bikes

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Jakob Fuglsang shows off his 2014 road frame

Jakob Fuglsang shows off his 2014 road frame
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A production line of handlebars awaits attention

A production line of handlebars awaits attention
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Corima supply the team with wheels for 2014

Corima supply the team with wheels for 2014
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The new Specialized Astana time trial frames

The new Specialized Astana time trial frames
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There's a huge amount to work on as 2013 bikes are stripped of parts

There's a huge amount to work on as 2013 bikes are stripped of parts
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Time trial bikes for the coming season sit buried under wheels and frames

Time trial bikes for the coming season sit buried under wheels and frames
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An Astana mechanic makes sures that everything is in check

An Astana mechanic makes sures that everything is in check
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Vincenzo Nibali's Specialized Tarmac is one of the last bikes to be built

Vincenzo Nibali's Specialized Tarmac is one of the last bikes to be built
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Each bike is built up by one of the team's experienced mechanics

Each bike is built up by one of the team's experienced mechanics
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Each bike is built up by one of the team's experienced mechanics

Each bike is built up by one of the team's experienced mechanics
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Kangert's Specialized road bike is worked on

Kangert's Specialized road bike is worked on
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Jakob Fuglsang watches on as his bike is put together

Jakob Fuglsang watches on as his bike is put together
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One of Astana's Specialized road bikes is assembled at the team's training camp

One of Astana's Specialized road bikes is assembled at the team's training camp
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Janez Brajkovic finally finds the frame he's looking for

Janez Brajkovic finally finds the frame he's looking for
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The riders have also been testing out their time trial bikes during the team camp

The riders have also been testing out their time trial bikes during the team camp
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Astana's Specialized road frames for 2014

Astana's Specialized road frames for 2014
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New signing Michele Scarponi has been training on this

New signing Michele Scarponi has been training on this
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An Astana mechanic hard at work ahead of the 2014 season

An Astana mechanic hard at work ahead of the 2014 season
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The Astana team also use parts from FSA

The Astana team also use parts from FSA
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Janez Brajkovic's handlebars are marked

Janez Brajkovic's handlebars are marked
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Alexey Lutsenko's road bike on the mechanic's stand

Alexey Lutsenko's road bike on the mechanic's stand
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The Astana mechanics are hard at work with the 2014 bikes

The Astana mechanics are hard at work with the 2014 bikes
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Training camps in December serve a multitude of purposes but hard miles on the bike generally isn’t the most important one. After a long season on the road winter training camps tend to be about looking back and assessing the year, just as much plotting paths for success in the future.

One section of the team that work almost on the rivet are the mechanics. This period in time is a rare opportunity for them to strip down the 2013 bikes and start the arduous task of assembling new machines for the coming season.

For Astana, at least, it meant that some form of continuity could be extended with Specialized remaining as the provider of their bikes for another season. Still, there was plenty to be done, with new bikes for every rider and brand new set ups for new signings such as Michele Scarponi from Lampre.