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Gallery: Astana presented in Dubai

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The 2015 Astana team

The 2015 Astana team
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Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru together in Dubai

Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru together in Dubai
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Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali
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Fabio Aru (Astana)

Fabio Aru (Astana)
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Michele Scarponi smiles for the camera

Michele Scarponi smiles for the camera
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Diego Rosa and Eddy Merckx

Diego Rosa and Eddy Merckx
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Michele Scarponi and Jakob Fuglsang

Michele Scarponi and Jakob Fuglsang
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Ruslan Tleubayev (Astana)

Ruslan Tleubayev (Astana)
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Alessandro Vanotti has some fun with Dubai archtecture

Alessandro Vanotti has some fun with Dubai archtecture
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Alexander Vinokourov

Alexander Vinokourov
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Alexander Vinokourov, sponsor Kaletayev Darkhan and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali

Alexander Vinokourov, sponsor Kaletayev Darkhan and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali
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Alexander Vinokourov

Alexander Vinokourov
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Only management gets a seat at the dessert table

Only management gets a seat at the dessert table
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The 2015 Astana team is presented in Dubai

The 2015 Astana team is presented in Dubai
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Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team

Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team
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Eddy Merckx with Astana director Stefano Zanini

Eddy Merckx with Astana director Stefano Zanini
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The 2015 Astana team

The 2015 Astana team
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The 2015 Astana team

The 2015 Astana team
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Traditional entertainment at the Astana presentation

Traditional entertainment at the Astana presentation
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All dressed up, the 2015 Astana team

All dressed up, the 2015 Astana team
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The Astana riders await the show

The Astana riders await the show
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Dario Cataldo is introduced

Dario Cataldo is introduced
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Stefano Zanini helps Davide Malacarne with his double windsor

Stefano Zanini helps Davide Malacarne with his double windsor
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Stefano Zanini and Giuseppe Martinelli

Stefano Zanini and Giuseppe Martinelli
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Alexander Vinokourov presents the 2015 Astana team in Dubai

Alexander Vinokourov presents the 2015 Astana team in Dubai
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Team manager Alexander Vinokourov and sponsor Kaletayev Darkhan of Samruk Kazyna today presented the 2015 Astana Pro Team in Dubai, where the Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali will line up for his first race of the season at the Dubai Tour later this week.

The team brought in 11 new riders this season, with Dutchman Lars Boom a likely candidate for the overall victory in the Dubai Tour. Also joining were Dario Cataldo from Sky, Davide Malacarne (Europcar), Diego Rosa (Androni), Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural), Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis), Laurens De Vreese (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and young Kazakhstani riders Maxat Ayazbayev and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev.

Astana is under close scrutiny by the UCI this season after last year having the doping cases of brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy as well as a number of its riders on the Continental team, but Vinokourov and his team have agreed to adhere to additional regulations for the season. "We are committed to a clean sport and the start has been made by setting up laboratories in Kazakhstan along with Memorandum of Understanding with various bodies," Vinokourov said according to Gulf News. "In addition, we are educating young riders and at the same time we implement tough tests on the domestic circuit. Honestly, nobody wins in a doping scandal. At Astana, we have won honestly and we want to win honestly in the future as well."

View the full gallery from the team presentation here.