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Gallery: Cannondale Factory Racing kicks off team camp

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Marco Fontana and Tinker Juarez (Cannondale Factory Racing)

Marco Fontana and Tinker Juarez (Cannondale Factory Racing)
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Cannondale's set up at the 2012 team camp in Finale Ligure, Italy.

Cannondale's set up at the 2012 team camp in Finale Ligure, Italy.
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Cannondale's Michael De Leon does the rider introductions

Cannondale's Michael De Leon does the rider introductions
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Martin Gujan and Manuel Fumic

Martin Gujan and Manuel Fumic
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Tinker Juarez, Keegan Swenson and Taylor Smith (Cannondale Factory Racing)

Tinker Juarez, Keegan Swenson and Taylor Smith (Cannondale Factory Racing)
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Jeremiah Bishop and other riders mix with Cannondale team staff and media at a reception the evening prior to the team's presentation

Jeremiah Bishop and other riders mix with Cannondale team staff and media at a reception the evening prior to the team's presentation
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Keegan Swenson (Cannondale Factory Racing)

Keegan Swenson (Cannondale Factory Racing)
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Alex Grant (Cannondale Factory Racing)

Alex Grant (Cannondale Factory Racing)
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Krista Park will get support from the Cannondale Factory Team at World Cups in 2012

Krista Park will get support from the Cannondale Factory Team at World Cups in 2012
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The Cannondale Factory Team riders help themselves to an Italian buffet.

The Cannondale Factory Team riders help themselves to an Italian buffet.
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Cannondale Factory Racing team bikes

Cannondale Factory Racing team bikes
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Cannondale waterbottles

Cannondale waterbottles
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Finale Ligure in Italy is the site of the 2012 Cannondale Factory Team Camp

Finale Ligure in Italy is the site of the 2012 Cannondale Factory Team Camp
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Cannondale took over the hotel plaza for its team camp

Cannondale took over the hotel plaza for its team camp
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The Cannondale compound at night

The Cannondale compound at night
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A 2012 Cannondale Factory Team Flash bike

A 2012 Cannondale Factory Team Flash bike
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Fresh decals are applied to this 2012 Cannondale Factory Team Flash bike

Fresh decals are applied to this 2012 Cannondale Factory Team Flash bike
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A 2012 Cannondale Factory Team Scalpel bike

A 2012 Cannondale Factory Team Scalpel bike
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Marco Fontana's Cannondale. When you make it to the big time, there are extra touches like these personalized mats.

Marco Fontana's Cannondale. When you make it to the big time, there are extra touches like these personalized mats.
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Martin Gujan's Cannondale

Martin Gujan's Cannondale
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Manuel Fumic's Cannondale

Manuel Fumic's Cannondale
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The Cannondale Factory Team dinner

The Cannondale Factory Team dinner
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For the first time in the four-year history of the Cannondale Factory Racing squad, all of the team's athletes have come together in an official team training camp. A mix of cross country, endurance and OverMountain riders convened in Finale Ligure, Italy, for a few days of riding and meeting the media.

The images below capture the events of the evening just before the official team presentation. Following a few days of training and photoshooting, riders were introduced to the media on Tuesday night.

The Cannondale Factory Racing team includes World Cup cross country racers such as Marco Fontana, Manuel Fumic, Martin Gujan and Jeremiah Bishop and American junior cross country racers Keegan Swenson and Taylor Smith. Endurance pros Tinker Juarez and Alex Grant are also in attendance. In 2012, the team will also provide support for US Olympic Long team member Krista Park.

Jerome Clementz, Mark Weir, Ben Cruz and Aaron Chase are on hand representing Cannondale's OverMountain team.

The site of the gathering, Finale Ligure, is west of Genoa and is home to the 24 hours of Finale Ligure mountain bike race, an enduro race and a new for 2012 Alta Via mountain bike stage race.