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Gallery: Nibali trains with new Astana teammates

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Nibali joins Astana for the 2013 season and makes sure Tiralongo know who's boss

Nibali joins Astana for the 2013 season and makes sure Tiralongo know who's boss
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Alexsei Lutsenko in his special under-23 world championship attire

Alexsei Lutsenko in his special under-23 world championship attire
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The Astana group tackle the rugged coastline

The Astana group tackle the rugged coastline
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Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) pleased to be out on the bike

Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) pleased to be out on the bike
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Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli in Sardegna

Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli in Sardegna
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Director spotif Stefano Zanini ensures Vincenzo Nibali is stocked up for the day's training

Director spotif Stefano Zanini ensures Vincenzo Nibali is stocked up for the day's training
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A promising sign for the Astana team leading into the 2013 season

A promising sign for the Astana team leading into the 2013 season
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Under-23 road world champion Alexsei Lutsenko was given a special kit to celebrate his win in Valkenburg this year

Under-23 road world champion Alexsei Lutsenko was given a special kit to celebrate his win in Valkenburg this year
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Perfect formation by the Astana bunch

Perfect formation by the Astana bunch
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The Astana riders were keeping themselves warm throughout the day

The Astana riders were keeping themselves warm throughout the day
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Andrea Guardini is a new signing for 2013

Andrea Guardini is a new signing for 2013
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A few quick roadside adjustments

A few quick roadside adjustments
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The Astana bunch training in Sardegna

The Astana bunch training in Sardegna
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Bananas were clearly the favourite fuel of the day for Astana

Bananas were clearly the favourite fuel of the day for Astana
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Giuseppe Martinelli will hope his new signings can bring plenty of victories in 2013

Giuseppe Martinelli will hope his new signings can bring plenty of victories in 2013
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The Astana team return from their ride

The Astana team return from their ride
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Nibali and neo-pro Fabio Aru at the Astana training camp

Nibali and neo-pro Fabio Aru at the Astana training camp
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Alexsei Lutsenko wasn't too stressed out

Alexsei Lutsenko wasn't too stressed out
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Vincenzo Nibali has yet to pull on the sky blue Astana jersey and will only officially be an Astana rider from January 1. Yet the Italian stage race rider has already working hard with is new teammates at a recent training camp in Sardinia.

All the 2013 Astana squad spent two weeks training together in Arzachena, in northern Sardegna, staying at the impressive Tenuta Pilastru. The area is packed with wealthy tourists in the summer but is deserted in December, with sheep far out numbering local residents.

Astana used the quiet roads to get in vital base kilometres ready for the 2013 season, with the 2012 Astana colours contrasting with those of new signing who have to ride in their 2012 team colours until the end of the year.

That meant that Jakob Fuglsang was in his black and white Radioshack colours, Nibali was in Liquigas-Cannondale green and Italian sprinter Andrea Guardini rode his fluorescent Farnese Vini kit. New American signing Evan Huffman got a taste of riding in Europe and rode alongside Nibali in his black California Giant-Specialized kit.

Guardini was the start sprinter of the Farnese Vini and managed to beat Mark Cavendish to win stage 18 to Vedelago. He will be the protected sprinter at Astana in 2013 and have support from Jacopo Guarnieri and Francesco Gavazzi.

Other new riders include Under 23 road race world champion Aletxsey Lutsenko. He trained in his rainbow jersey but will be back in Astana colours in 2013 when he makes his full professional debut.

The 2013 Astana roster includes 10 Italian riders, with Alessandro Vanotti and Valerio Agnoli moving from Liquigas-Cannondale to Astana to work for Nibali. Much of the team staff is also Italian with Marco Pantani's former directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli now team manager responsible for the technical aspects of the team. Former Mapei sprinter and Geox directeur sportif Stefano Zanini is new to the team and kept a close eye on the riders in Sardinia.