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Gallery: Liquigas-Cannondale presented in Milan

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Will Ivan Basso be in the driving seat at the Giro d'Italia?

Will Ivan Basso be in the driving seat at the Giro d'Italia?
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Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) is looking forward to a big 2012.

Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) is looking forward to a big 2012.
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The Sagan brothers Peter and Jurai alongside Elia Viviani at the Liquigas-Cannondale launch.

The Sagan brothers Peter and Jurai alongside Elia Viviani at the Liquigas-Cannondale launch.
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Vincenzo Nibali keeps his balance under Peter Sagan's watchful gaze.

Vincenzo Nibali keeps his balance under Peter Sagan's watchful gaze.
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Daniel Oss, Ivan Basso and Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Daniel Oss, Ivan Basso and Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Peter Sagan with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Peter Sagan with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) is ready for another campaign.

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) is ready for another campaign.
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Ivan Basso at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation.

Ivan Basso at the Liquigas-Cannondale presentation.
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Ivan Basso shares a joke with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Ivan Basso shares a joke with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso pictured with Liquigas-Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio and president Paolo Dal Lago.

Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso pictured with Liquigas-Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio and president Paolo Dal Lago.
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) pictured in Milan.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) pictured in Milan.
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) in relaxed mood.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) in relaxed mood.
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Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) may both end up at the Giro d'Italia.

Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) may both end up at the Giro d'Italia.
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) looks back.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) looks back.
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Liquigas-Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio and Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago.

Liquigas-Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio and Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago.
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Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) is set for a big 2012.

Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) is set for a big 2012.
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Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso side by side at the Liquigas-Cannondale team presentation.

Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso side by side at the Liquigas-Cannondale team presentation.
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Slovak champion Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Slovak champion Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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The 2012 Liquigas-Cannondale line-up.

The 2012 Liquigas-Cannondale line-up.
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Italian coach Paolo Bettini alongside FCI president Renato Di Rocco.

Italian coach Paolo Bettini alongside FCI president Renato Di Rocco.
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) will aim to show his worth in the classics.

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) will aim to show his worth in the classics.
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The classy Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) in Milan.

The classy Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) in Milan.
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Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali share leadership at Liquigas-Cannondale.

Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali share leadership at Liquigas-Cannondale.
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Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) is one of Ivan Basso's most trusted domestiques.

Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) is one of Ivan Basso's most trusted domestiques.
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All eyes are on Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).

All eyes are on Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the team presentation in Milan.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the team presentation in Milan.
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Italian federation president Renato Di Rocco.

Italian federation president Renato Di Rocco.
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FCI president Renato Di Rocco and Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago.

FCI president Renato Di Rocco and Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago.
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Ivan Basso arrives at the Liquigas-Cannondale team launch in Milan.

Ivan Basso arrives at the Liquigas-Cannondale team launch in Milan.
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Ivan Basso takes a journalist's eye view of proceedings at the 2012 Liquigas-Cannondale team launch.

Ivan Basso takes a journalist's eye view of proceedings at the 2012 Liquigas-Cannondale team launch.
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Eros Capecchi, Elia Viviani and Daniel Oss are just three of the young talents at Liquigas-Cannondale.

Eros Capecchi, Elia Viviani and Daniel Oss are just three of the young talents at Liquigas-Cannondale.
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) returns to the Giro d'Italia in 2012.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) returns to the Giro d'Italia in 2012.
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Moreno Moser and Daniel Oss flank Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago.

Moreno Moser and Daniel Oss flank Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago.
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Valerio Agnoli is a mainstay of the Liquigas-Cannondale team.

Valerio Agnoli is a mainstay of the Liquigas-Cannondale team.
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the team presentation in Milan.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the team presentation in Milan.
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Vincenzo Nibali and Sidi president Dino Signori.

Vincenzo Nibali and Sidi president Dino Signori.
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Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) has London 2012 in mind.

Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) has London 2012 in mind.
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Paolo Longo Borghini (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Paolo Longo Borghini (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) has had a difficult winter.

Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) has had a difficult winter.
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Shotgun! Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali will lead Liquigas-Cannondale.

Shotgun! Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali will lead Liquigas-Cannondale.
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Eros Capecchi, Elia Viviani and Daniel Oss are just three of the young talents at Liquigas-Cannondale.

Eros Capecchi, Elia Viviani and Daniel Oss are just three of the young talents at Liquigas-Cannondale.
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The 2012 Liquigas-Cannondale team.

The 2012 Liquigas-Cannondale team.
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Citroen will supply the cars to Liquigas-Cannondale in 2012.

Citroen will supply the cars to Liquigas-Cannondale in 2012.
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Cristiano Salerno (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Cristiano Salerno (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) may yet ride the Giro d'Italia.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) may yet ride the Giro d'Italia.
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Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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The Liquigas-Cannondale presentation took place on Milan's Via Gattamelata.

The Liquigas-Cannondale presentation took place on Milan's Via Gattamelata.
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Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) took a stage win at the 2011 Giro d'Italia.

Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) took a stage win at the 2011 Giro d'Italia.
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His brother's keeper. Jurai Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).

His brother's keeper. Jurai Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Much is expected of Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Much is expected of Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Maciej Paterski (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Maciej Paterski (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale).
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The Liquigas-Cannondale squad was presented at the headquarters of Citroen Italia in Milan on Thursday, but it remains to be seen whether Ivan Basso or Vincenzo Nibali will be in the driving seat at the 2012 Giro d’Italia.

After skipping the Giro to focus on the Tour de France last year, Basso has already confirmed that he will return to the corsa rosa this season, but his teammate Nibali has thrown his hat into the ring in recent weeks. Team manager Roberto Amadio has clear ideas about who should be behind the wheel in May, but he insisted that the riders would have their say.

“We’ve studied the routes of the grand tours and it’s clear that the Giro is better suited to Ivan while the Tour, with 100km of time trialling, is better for Vincenzo,” Amadio said. “But it’s clear that we also have to listen to our athletes’ desires and Vincenzo has told us that he wants to ride the Giro d’Italia. After the Classics we will evaluate his condition and take the final decision.”

Basso explained that his early-season preparation will be similar to 2010, when he went on the capture his second Giro d’Italia victory. “It’s my big objective for the first part of the season and my programme is very like the one I had in 2009 and 2010,” he said.

The veteran was also adamant that he would be happy to have Nibali alongside him at the Giro, as was the case two years ago when both men finished on the podium in Verona. “We’ll follow two different programmes and then the staff will decide, but certainly having him alongside me would be a big advantage.

“I’m the first to recognise Vincenzo’s development, and I reckon that if he rode the Giro, he would be the favourite. I’d be happy to ride the Giro with him.”

Nibali pointed out that, for now, the Tour de France was the only grand tour pencilled into his programme. That was also the case in 2010, however, but the Sicilian was drafted into Liquigas’ Giro squad at short notice when Franco Pellizotti fell foul of the UCI’s biological passport system.

“We’ll decide on the Giro further down the line, but for now I only have the Tour de France in my plans,” he said. “It will be an important year for me, and I’ll be looking to win races, because in 2011 I didn’t win any and I want to get going again.”

The young Slovak talent Peter Sagan, meanwhile, is set to make his Tour de France debut in July. Still two weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, Sagan rattled off three stage wins at the Vuelta a España last year.

“With Peter we’ve decided that he still needs to develop steadily, but this development will also see him take on a big stage race, the Tour de France,” Amadio said.