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Gallery: Astana's final training camp

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A rider drops back to the team car to talk to Gorazd Strangelj

A rider drops back to the team car to talk to Gorazd Strangelj
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Specialized again provide the Astana team with bikes

Specialized again provide the Astana team with bikes
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The Astana team training in Spain this year

The Astana team training in Spain this year
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A team mechanic builds one the Astana bikes

A team mechanic builds one the Astana bikes
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Assan Bazayev (centre) is all smiles on the training ride

Assan Bazayev (centre) is all smiles on the training ride
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The 2013 Astana team training in Spain

The 2013 Astana team training in Spain
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Borut Božič (Team Astana) all smiles before heading out

Borut Božič (Team Astana) all smiles before heading out
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Assan Bazayev (Team Astana)

Assan Bazayev (Team Astana)
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Giuseppe Martinelli looks over the day's schedule

Giuseppe Martinelli looks over the day's schedule
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Gorazd Strangelj and Giuseppe Martinelli

Gorazd Strangelj and Giuseppe Martinelli
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The team stock up on food before the training ride

The team stock up on food before the training ride
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Fredrik Kessiakoff (left) had strong 2012

Fredrik Kessiakoff (left) had strong 2012
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Janez Brajkovic (right) will ride the Giro in support of Nibali this year

Janez Brajkovic (right) will ride the Giro in support of Nibali this year
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Janez Brajkovic (front row, right) leads the team on the climb

Janez Brajkovic (front row, right) leads the team on the climb
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A mechanic gets to work on some last minute changes to a team bike

A mechanic gets to work on some last minute changes to a team bike
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Astana will ride on Specialized in 2013

Astana will ride on Specialized in 2013
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A few minor touches to the Astana jersey for 2013

A few minor touches to the Astana jersey for 2013
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The riders gather outside the hotel before another long day in the saddle

The riders gather outside the hotel before another long day in the saddle
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Alicante offers perfect training conditions for a number of teams

Alicante offers perfect training conditions for a number of teams
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The training route sees the riders head into the hills and away from the coast

The training route sees the riders head into the hills and away from the coast
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Perfect conditions for early season training in Spain

Perfect conditions for early season training in Spain
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The Astana team ride in the foothills around Alicante

The Astana team ride in the foothills around Alicante
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The Astana team ride in the foothills around Alicante

The Astana team ride in the foothills around Alicante
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Climbing was on the menu at the Astana training camp at the end of January

Climbing was on the menu at the Astana training camp at the end of January
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The Astana team ride in the foothills around Alicante

The Astana team ride in the foothills around Alicante
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Each rider was given a bike fit by the team, with final checks made before training began

Each rider was given a bike fit by the team, with final checks made before training began
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The Astana team have already begun competing on a number of fronts with squads having raced at The Tour Down Under, Tour Down Under and with a team currently at the Tour of Qatar. However that didn't stop them from one last stint of training on the roads around Alicante, in Spain -a haunt for number of major teams during the off-season.

Janez Brajkovic and Fredrik Kessiakoff were both in attendance, and both will be looking for similar form to last year.

Brajkovic finished in the top ten at the Tour last year but has already stated that he will help Vincenzo Nibali win the Giro d'Italia before looking to race for himself at the Vuelta.