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Gallery: Liquigas-Cannondale training in Tuscany

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A lonely road. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) is building towards the Giro d'Italia.

A lonely road. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) is building towards the Giro d'Italia.
(Image credit: Paolo Barbieri)
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Sylwester Szmyd and Damiano Caruso at the Liquigas-Cannondale training camp in Cecina.

Sylwester Szmyd and Damiano Caruso at the Liquigas-Cannondale training camp in Cecina.
(Image credit: Paolo Barbieri)
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Sylwester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) is Ivan Basso's most trusted gregario.

Sylwester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) is Ivan Basso's most trusted gregario.
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Cristian Salerno is in his second year at Liquigas-Cannondale.

Cristian Salerno is in his second year at Liquigas-Cannondale.
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) will be one of the stars of 2012.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) will be one of the stars of 2012.
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) prepares for the classics.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) prepares for the classics.
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) will be a man to watch in the classics.

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) will be a man to watch in the classics.
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Liquigas-Cannondale on the road in Tuscany.

Liquigas-Cannondale on the road in Tuscany.
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Liquigas-Cannondale train in Tuscany.

Liquigas-Cannondale train in Tuscany.
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Far from the madding crowd, Liquigas-Cannondale riders prepare for 2012.

Far from the madding crowd, Liquigas-Cannondale riders prepare for 2012.
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The Liquigas-Cannondale squad made the most of the Tuscan sunshine.

The Liquigas-Cannondale squad made the most of the Tuscan sunshine.
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Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) had a tough winter.

Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) had a tough winter.
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Eros Capecchi and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in training.

Eros Capecchi and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in training.
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Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) is a rider of vast potential.

Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) is a rider of vast potential.
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Ivan Basso rides alongside Daniel Oss.

Ivan Basso rides alongside Daniel Oss.
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Ivan Basso and Sylwester Szmyd at the Liquigas-Cannondale training camp in Tuscany.

Ivan Basso and Sylwester Szmyd at the Liquigas-Cannondale training camp in Tuscany.
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Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Cannondale) gets in the miles.

Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Cannondale) gets in the miles.
(Image credit: Paolo Barbieri)

While a number of their colleagues are already in racing mode at the Santos Tour Down Under or about to start their seasons at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, Ivan Basso and Peter Sagan were among the Liquigas-Cannondale riders still fine-tuning their form at the team’s training camp in Cecina, Tuscany during the week.

Basso is building towards the Giro d’Italia and will not begin his season until February 18, at the Trofeo Laigueglia, long a staple of the early-season in Italy. His first stage race of the campaign is set to be Paris-Nice, and he will continue his Giro preparation at the Volta a Catalunya and the Giro del Trentino.

Given his ambitions in the Classics, it’s no surprise that the precocious Peter Sagan’s season begins a little earlier. He’ll measure himself in the sprints against the likes of Mark Cavendish at the Tour of Qatar and Oman, before returning to Europe. After tackling Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico, the 21-year-old will line up among the dark horses for victory at Milan-San Remo, and then head north for a tilt at the cobbled classics.

For a gallery of Liquigas-Cannondale’s recent travails in Tuscany, click here, and check out a behind-the-scenes video from the team below.