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Gallery: RadioShack-Nissan-Trek hit the hills in Mallorca

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Will we see so many RadioShack riders on the front of the bunch come July?

Will we see so many RadioShack riders on the front of the bunch come July?
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Laurent Didier moves from Saxo Bank to join the Schlecks

Laurent Didier moves from Saxo Bank to join the Schlecks
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Andy Schleck doesn't look too keen on training

Andy Schleck doesn't look too keen on training
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Laurent Didier had a strong Giro last year

Laurent Didier had a strong Giro last year
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The RadioShack-Nissan-Trek riders

The RadioShack-Nissan-Trek riders
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Thomas Rohregger

Thomas Rohregger
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Fuglsang's pre-ride hot drink

Fuglsang's pre-ride hot drink
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Perfect roads for the riders in Mallorca

Perfect roads for the riders in Mallorca
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The new-look team caps

The new-look team caps
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Half-way through the six-hour ride

Half-way through the six-hour ride
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Didier and Schleck climb together

Didier and Schleck climb together
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Thomas Rohregger enjoys his morning coffee

Thomas Rohregger enjoys his morning coffee
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Laurent Didier and Andy Schleck climb together

Laurent Didier and Andy Schleck climb together
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German champion Robert Wagner

German champion Robert Wagner
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The RadioShack-Nissan-Team on their six-hour ride

The RadioShack-Nissan-Team on their six-hour ride
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan)

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan)
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A rider makes his way down a long descent

A rider makes his way down a long descent
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Andy Schleck and Fabian Cancellara share a joke

Andy Schleck and Fabian Cancellara share a joke
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Has Andy Schleck found a career post-cycling

Has Andy Schleck found a career post-cycling
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-NIssan)

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-NIssan)
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It's a long way from the Tour de France but the riders are getting in the miles already

It's a long way from the Tour de France but the riders are getting in the miles already
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Jakob Fuglsang will lead the team at the Giro d'Italia

Jakob Fuglsang will lead the team at the Giro d'Italia
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Plenty of food for the riders

Plenty of food for the riders
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Andreas Kloden does a turn on the front

Andreas Kloden does a turn on the front
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Monfort (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek)

Monfort (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek)
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Kloden and Didier set the pace at the front

Kloden and Didier set the pace at the front
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US road champion Matthew Busche

US road champion Matthew Busche
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The team were well supported

The team were well supported
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Andy Schleck and Kim Andersen

Andy Schleck and Kim Andersen
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The UCI can't ban radio during team camps. Can they?

The UCI can't ban radio during team camps. Can they?
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Laurent Didier and Andy Schleck

Laurent Didier and Andy Schleck
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Fabian Cancellara has been recovering from a cold

Fabian Cancellara has been recovering from a cold
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The riders think their six-hour ride is just a joke

The riders think their six-hour ride is just a joke
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The RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team camp

The RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team camp
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At the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team camp

At the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team camp
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Andy Schleck and Andreas Kloden before the ride

Andy Schleck and Andreas Kloden before the ride
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No cars, no distractions in Mallorca

No cars, no distractions in Mallorca
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Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek)

Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek)
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Will we see so many RadioShack riders on the front of the bunch come July?

Will we see so many RadioShack riders on the front of the bunch come July?
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Not all the riders stayed with the lead group

Not all the riders stayed with the lead group
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Last year's Tour of Lombardia winner Oliver Zaugg

Last year's Tour of Lombardia winner Oliver Zaugg
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Fuglsang on the front

Fuglsang on the front
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Come summer and the Spanish island of Mallorca will be awash with drunken English tourists, beer-bellied football fans and disco fever. Yet right now, at the start of the year, it’s a different kind of tourist altogether that enjoys what really is a beautiful island.

Tucked away in various hotels, cubby-holed resorts and out-of-season apartments are the elite of professional cycling as they prepare for the year ahead. Team Sky in one corner, to the south Katusha and towards the hills, RadioShack-Nissan-Trek are all quietly putting their touches to their final camp of the off-season.

Andy Schleck, Chris Horner and Andreas Kloden are among those from within the Luxembourg team familiar with the island’s rolling and in some cases, severely testing parcours and they made the most of their quiet surroundings by training for six-hours on Tuesday.

Away from the mountains of the Tour de France that beckon in July, the passionate cycling fans that line the roads and crackle of the race radio, this is perhaps where races are really won – on the lonely and taxing roads at team camp.