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Gallery: BMC train in Denia

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A relaxed Philippe Gilbert (BMC) on the final day of training camp.

A relaxed Philippe Gilbert (BMC) on the final day of training camp.
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Philippe Gilbert jokes with Thor Hushovd while Greg Van Avermaet looks on at the BMC team presentation.

Philippe Gilbert jokes with Thor Hushovd while Greg Van Avermaet looks on at the BMC team presentation.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) readies himself for another day in the saddle.

Cadel Evans (BMC) readies himself for another day in the saddle.
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was the centre of attention in Denia.

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was the centre of attention in Denia.
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) in the Belgian champion's colours.

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) in the Belgian champion's colours.
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in Denia.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in Denia.
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Thor Hushovd will bolster BMC's classics line-up.

Thor Hushovd will bolster BMC's classics line-up.
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George Hincapie returns for another season at BMC.

George Hincapie returns for another season at BMC.
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) was on hand after racing at the Tour Down Under.

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) was on hand after racing at the Tour Down Under.
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) is building towards the London 2012 Olympics.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) is building towards the London 2012 Olympics.
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Cadel Evans turns commuter before a training ride in Denia.

Cadel Evans turns commuter before a training ride in Denia.
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Tim Roe (BMC) gets ready for another day in the saddle.

Tim Roe (BMC) gets ready for another day in the saddle.
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Ground control to Philippe Gilbert.

Ground control to Philippe Gilbert.
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Marco Pinotti and Mauro Santambrogio are part of a strong Italian presence at BMC.

Marco Pinotti and Mauro Santambrogio are part of a strong Italian presence at BMC.
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Mauro Santambrogio (BMC) is looking forward to the 2012 campaign.

Mauro Santambrogio (BMC) is looking forward to the 2012 campaign.
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Cadel Evans, Philippe Gilbert and Alessandro Ballan are all part of BMC's 2012 roster.

Cadel Evans, Philippe Gilbert and Alessandro Ballan are all part of BMC's 2012 roster.
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Manuel Quinziato is in his second season at BMC.

Manuel Quinziato is in his second season at BMC.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) prepares to test himself on the Coll de Rates.

Cadel Evans (BMC) prepares to test himself on the Coll de Rates.
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George Hincapie (BMC) stocks up for the day ahead.

George Hincapie (BMC) stocks up for the day ahead.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) fills his pockets.

Cadel Evans (BMC) fills his pockets.
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BMC's expensively-assembled 2012 roster.

BMC's expensively-assembled 2012 roster.
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The 2012 BMC team in Denia.

The 2012 BMC team in Denia.
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Stocking up for a day in the saddle.

Stocking up for a day in the saddle.
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Marco Pinotti (BMC) interviewed before the training ride.

Marco Pinotti (BMC) interviewed before the training ride.
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Tejay van Garderen (BMC) will be a key man in Cadel Evans' Tour de France defence.

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) will be a key man in Cadel Evans' Tour de France defence.
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) weighs up his clothing options.

Thor Hushovd (BMC) weighs up his clothing options.
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) makes some last-minute adjustments.

Thor Hushovd (BMC) makes some last-minute adjustments.
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Philippe Gilbert's custom-painted bike.

Philippe Gilbert's custom-painted bike.
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) in Denia.

Thor Hushovd (BMC) in Denia.
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Marco Pinotti (BMC) is aiming to put in a strong showing at the Giro d'Italia.

Marco Pinotti (BMC) is aiming to put in a strong showing at the Giro d'Italia.
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) knows that much is expected of him in 2012.

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) knows that much is expected of him in 2012.
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Tejay van Garderen was in demand at BMC's training camp in Spain.

Tejay van Garderen was in demand at BMC's training camp in Spain.
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All eyes were on Philippe Gilbert (BMC).

All eyes were on Philippe Gilbert (BMC).
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Tejay van Garderen is one of the new arrivals at Andy Rihs' BMC team.

Tejay van Garderen is one of the new arrivals at Andy Rihs' BMC team.
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Cadel Evans with press officer Georges Lüchinger.

Cadel Evans with press officer Georges Lüchinger.
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Twelve months ago, the BMC team's press day in Denia was a rather muted affair. One Tour de France victory and a plethora of high-profile signings later, however, and the media presence had tripled by the time the squad opened its doors to reporters at its training camp in Spain last week.

As was the case in 2011, Cadel Evans was the centre of attention, but it is testimony to Andy Rihs’ munificence in the transfer market that the Tour de France champion had to share headline billing with new arrivals Philippe Gilbert and Thor Hushovd.

The last day of BMC’s camp kicked off with a low-key presentation of the 2012 roster, including those who had returned from action at the Tour Down Under earlier in the week, ahead of the team’s final training ride of their stay on the Costa Blanca.

An hour later, the riders emerged blinking from the hotel lobby and into the low January sunlight. Resplendent in the colours of Belgian champion, the smiling Gilbert was surrounded by cameras as he prepared for the ride, while Thor Hushovd gave his thoughts to Norwegian television.

Alessandro Ballan, who helplessly told Cyclingnews that he is in the dark as to the current status of the Mantova doping investigation, was also on hand after beginning his season in Australia. A new addition to the growing Italian contingent at BMC is Marco Pinotti, and the Bergamo native is confident that he is fully recovered from the injuries he sustained in a crash at last year’s Giro d’Italia.

All the while, Cadel Evans quietly set about preparing himself for the morning’s ride outside the team’s equipment truck. The previous evening, the Australian had cut a relaxed and engaging figure during a series of round table interviews with the media, but now press officer Georges Lüchinger was constantly close at hand, reluctant to allow anyone disturb Evans’ focus.

The reason? The final day of the BMC camp saw the riders undergo lactate threshold testing on the nearby Coll de Rates, and Evans was understandably eager to gauge his form away from the prying eyes of the press. The media day may well have been, as team president Jim Ochowicz claimed, about “fun, information and enjoyment,” but for Evans, with a Tour de France to defend, a training camp remains just that.