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Gallery: Katusha's new red army advance on Spain

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The Red Army advance on Mallorca

The Red Army advance on Mallorca
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Erik Zabel joins the team as an advisor

Erik Zabel joins the team as an advisor
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Joan Horrach

Joan Horrach
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Hans-Michael Holczer (right) takes over the team

Hans-Michael Holczer (right) takes over the team
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The Katusha team bike bus

The Katusha team bike bus
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Valerio Piva finds a home after HTC-Highroad ended

Valerio Piva finds a home after HTC-Highroad ended
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Former pro Michael Rich works on the tech side

Former pro Michael Rich works on the tech side
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The Katusha team bike bus

The Katusha team bike bus
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A Katusha mechanic gets to work on a Canyon time trial bike

A Katusha mechanic gets to work on a Canyon time trial bike
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In 2012 bikes are provided by Canyon

In 2012 bikes are provided by Canyon
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The Katusha riders have new kit and new bikes for 2012

The Katusha riders have new kit and new bikes for 2012
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Russian veteran Vladimir Goussev

Russian veteran Vladimir Goussev
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Vladimir Goussev has settled at Katusha

Vladimir Goussev has settled at Katusha
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Zabel was a component of Cavendish's success.

Zabel was a component of Cavendish's success.
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A Katusha rider keeps warm before their ride with the media

A Katusha rider keeps warm before their ride with the media
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It was meant to be rest day but the riders rode for two hours with the media

It was meant to be rest day but the riders rode for two hours with the media
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Torsten Schmidt and Michael Rich

Torsten Schmidt and Michael Rich
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Yury Trofimov starts his third year on the team

Yury Trofimov starts his third year on the team
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Joaquím Oliver phones a friend

Joaquím Oliver phones a friend
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Joaquím Oliver wraps up in the cold

Joaquím Oliver wraps up in the cold
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Olympics on his mind: Denis Galimzyanov

Olympics on his mind: Denis Galimzyanov
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"We're like a new team," declared Denis Galimzyanov as he sat down with Cyclingnews on a rare rest day at the Team Katusha camp in Mallorca, Spain.

The powerhouse sprinter may well have a point. After three years Katusha's Andre Tchmil handed over the reins to German school teacher Hans-Michael Holczer, the man who led Gerolsteiner until their demise. Holczer has drafted in new blood both on the athlete side as well as the management, handing picking a number of former colleagues as well as cherry picking the likes of Michael Rich and Torsten Schmidt.  Valerio Piva, from HTC, was added earlier by Tchmil and the new structure has apparently improved spirits within the Russian team.

Galimzyanov was keen to stress that Tchmil had done much for his career, but pointed to elements of organisation and equipment that had let the team down in previous years. Holczer refrained from pointing holes in the previous system but told Cyclingnews that he had overseen an overhaul of the old structure, and brought in a number of new elements, including a long-term partnership with Canyon.

See a photo gallery from the team training camp.