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Gallery: Behind the scenes with GreenEdge

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Prime movers? GreenEdge head out onto the highway

Prime movers? GreenEdge head out onto the highway
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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Stuart O'Grady Street, within the grounds of the Australian Institute of Sport

Stuart O'Grady Street, within the grounds of the Australian Institute of Sport
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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RadioShack recruit Fumiyuki Beppu at Australian Parliament House

RadioShack recruit Fumiyuki Beppu at Australian Parliament House
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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Travis Meyer, Brett Lancaster, Shayne Bannan and Jens Mouris enjoy a lighter moment during the training session with the Melbourne Storm

Travis Meyer, Brett Lancaster, Shayne Bannan and Jens Mouris enjoy a lighter moment during the training session with the Melbourne Storm
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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Pieter Weening takes the recording process seriously

Pieter Weening takes the recording process seriously
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GreenEdge general manager Shayne Bannan talks tactics with Melbourne Storm rugby league coach, Craig Bellamy

GreenEdge general manager Shayne Bannan talks tactics with Melbourne Storm rugby league coach, Craig Bellamy
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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Svein Tuft seemed to be enjoying his time in Australia

Svein Tuft seemed to be enjoying his time in Australia
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GreenEdge linchpin, Matt Goss

GreenEdge linchpin, Matt Goss
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Stuart O'Grady

Stuart O'Grady
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Taking a break during one of the long training rides between Canberra and Thredbo

Taking a break during one of the long training rides between Canberra and Thredbo
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Stuart O'Grady at the back of the bunch on a long training ride

Stuart O'Grady at the back of the bunch on a long training ride
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Daniel Teklehaymanot looking fly in his GreenEdge suit

Daniel Teklehaymanot looking fly in his GreenEdge suit
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GreenEdge team members in the recording studio for their official song

GreenEdge team members in the recording studio for their official song
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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GreenEdge elder statesman, Stuart O'Grady

GreenEdge elder statesman, Stuart O'Grady
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Spa party? Stuart O'Grady reacquaints himself with one of the Australian Institure of Sport recovery pools

Spa party? Stuart O'Grady reacquaints himself with one of the Australian Institure of Sport recovery pools
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The men's and women's GreenEdge squads infront of Australian Parliament House

The men's and women's GreenEdge squads infront of Australian Parliament House
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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GreenEdge Sports Director Neil Stephens behind the wheel

GreenEdge Sports Director Neil Stephens behind the wheel
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Brothers Cameron and Travis Meyer

Brothers Cameron and Travis Meyer
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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Svein Tuft lines up Michael Hepburn

Svein Tuft lines up Michael Hepburn
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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Fumiyuki Beppu was all smiles

Fumiyuki Beppu was all smiles
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)
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Baden Cooke and Matt Wilson during the recording process for the official GreenEdge team song

Baden Cooke and Matt Wilson during the recording process for the official GreenEdge team song
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One of the GreenEdge young guns, Cameron Meyer

One of the GreenEdge young guns, Cameron Meyer
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Leigh Howard at the front of the bunch during a training ride

Leigh Howard at the front of the bunch during a training ride
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Leigh Howard cops a blood nose

Leigh Howard cops a blood nose
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GreenEdge get a rugby league run down before a shared training session in Melbourne

GreenEdge get a rugby league run down before a shared training session in Melbourne
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GreenEdge

GreenEdge
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They're going to make us do what? GreenEdge get a rugby league run down before a shared training session

They're going to make us do what? GreenEdge get a rugby league run down before a shared training session
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GreenEdge's Sky recruit, Simon Gerrans during a training ride

GreenEdge's Sky recruit, Simon Gerrans during a training ride
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GreenEdge financier, Gerry Ryan

GreenEdge financier, Gerry Ryan
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Wes Sulzberger will be looking to reinvigorate his career with GreenEdge

Wes Sulzberger will be looking to reinvigorate his career with GreenEdge
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Matt Wilson looked right at home ball in hand

Matt Wilson looked right at home ball in hand
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Jens Keukeleire and Matt Wilson hard at work on one of the long training rides

Jens Keukeleire and Matt Wilson hard at work on one of the long training rides
(Image credit: Dan Jones - GreenEdge Cycling)

Members of the newest team on the UCI WorldTour gathered in Australia for a team camp in December ahead of GreenEdge's season debut in 2012.

Part training camp, part bonding session GreenEdge began the fortnight by basing themselves at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for medical testing before taking on several long rides into the high country. It was there that team management received confirmation that they had indeed been successful in gaining a ProTour licence for 2012 and 2013, following an 18-month-long plan borne of a meeting between financier Gerry Ryan and Shayne Bannan on July 25, 2010.

The second week was perhaps a little easier, including having the riders take part in a training session with Melbourne Storm rugby league team, go-karting, golf, an even recording the team's official theme song at the home of Australian music identity, Molly Meldrum.

Cyclingnews takes a look behind the scenes.