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Gallery: "Kazakhstan's Dream Team" presented in Astana

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The Astana team in kit and their bikes for the 2013 season

The Astana team in kit and their bikes for the 2013 season
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It was a very chilly -34 degrees outside in Astana

It was a very chilly -34 degrees outside in Astana
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Street fighting man... Astana's General Manager Alexandre Vinokourov dons some special boxing gloves

Street fighting man... Astana's General Manager Alexandre Vinokourov dons some special boxing gloves
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Vincenzo Nibali arrives in a very cold Astana for the 2013 team presentation

Vincenzo Nibali arrives in a very cold Astana for the 2013 team presentation
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The snow-covered capital of Kazakhstan, Astana

The snow-covered capital of Kazakhstan, Astana
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Astana Team Manager Guiseppe Martinelli

Astana Team Manager Guiseppe Martinelli
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Some traditional Kazakh dancers take to the stage

Some traditional Kazakh dancers take to the stage
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Saryarka Velodrome played host to the 2013 Astana Team Presentation

Saryarka Velodrome played host to the 2013 Astana Team Presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali, Alexandre Vinokourov and Guiseppe Martinelli

Vincenzo Nibali, Alexandre Vinokourov and Guiseppe Martinelli
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Alexandre Vinokourov and key Astana recruit, Vincenzo Nibali

Alexandre Vinokourov and key Astana recruit, Vincenzo Nibali
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The "Kazakhstan Dream Team"

The "Kazakhstan Dream Team"
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Big things are expected from Vincenzo Nibali in 2013

Big things are expected from Vincenzo Nibali in 2013
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New recruit Vincenzo Nibali says hello to Astana

New recruit Vincenzo Nibali says hello to Astana
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The Saryarka Velodrome in the Kazakhstan capital was host to the 2013 Astana Team presentation with new team manager Alexandre Vinokourov revealing some lofty goals of the back of the recruitment of Vincenzo Nibali.

"Goal number one this year is to win the Giro d'Italia," said Vinokourov. "With Vincenzo Nibali leading a squad of strong, motivated riders in May, we know we have the pieces in place and a plan in motion to get us there."

The 2013 Astana roster includes 29 riders from 10 countries was labelled by Kazakhstan's Deputy Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov, who is president of the national cycling federation, as "Kazakhstan's Dream Team".

"Not only is it an international dream team, but it's also a chance for Kazakhstan's own riders to be a part of a great squad and prepare for other events over a longer time horizon, including the Olympic Games, where Vinokourov became our first gold medalist this year in London, and at the World Championships, where Alexey Lutsenko won the rainbow jersey this year in the Under 23 race in Limburg," Kelimbetov said.

The celebrations for Alexandre Vinkourov continued, following his Olympic gold medal from the road race in London with fellow gold medallist, welter weight Serik Sapiyev, presenting the now-retired rider with a special pair of boxing gloves.

"I know how hard cyclists train, how much their lives are dedicated to the sport, how much they fight to race at the front. Watching Vino in the last seven kilometers in London was more exciting and more inspiring for Kazakhstan than anyone ever hoped for, and on behalf of our country we want to support him and the entire team as he takes over a new challenge in the role of General Manager. When Vino fights, he fights to win, and when Astana lines up at a race next year, we know that spirit will carry on," Sapiyev said.