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Gallery: Skil-Shimano prepares for 2010

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Belgium rider Bert De Backer shows us how it's done.

Belgium rider Bert De Backer shows us how it's done.
(Image credit: Bennie Ceulen)
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Team manager Iwan Spekenbrink enjoys the sun with the riders.

Team manager Iwan Spekenbrink enjoys the sun with the riders.
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Riders gather in front of their hotel in Palma de Mallorca before leaving for a training ride.

Riders gather in front of their hotel in Palma de Mallorca before leaving for a training ride.
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Kenny van Hummel manages to pick out the camera...

Kenny van Hummel manages to pick out the camera...
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Kenny van Hummel leading the group.

Kenny van Hummel leading the group.
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The Skil-Shimano boys enjoy some Spanish sunshine.

The Skil-Shimano boys enjoy some Spanish sunshine.
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Mitchell Docker (left) leads the group.

Mitchell Docker (left) leads the group.
(Image credit: Bennie Ceulen)
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Team trainer Merijn Zeeman gives instructions to Floris Goesinnen.

Team trainer Merijn Zeeman gives instructions to Floris Goesinnen.
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Robin Chaigneau, Floris Goesinnen and Long Jin sprint.

Robin Chaigneau, Floris Goesinnen and Long Jin sprint.
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Australian rider Mitchell Docker does a strength effort.

Australian rider Mitchell Docker does a strength effort.
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Skil-Shimano recently prepared for the season ahead in Majorca, Spain, joining the long list of pro teams that use this island off the Iberian Peninsula for training.

Following the team's presentation in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, last week, riders made the most of increasing sunshine in southern Europe to pack in the miles before they head to the first race of the season, the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise, on January 31.

Whilst conditions in Rotterdam were foggy and cold, Majorca meant smiles all round for riders as the deep freeze of central Europe was forgotten, reflected in the antics of Bert De Backer (pictured below).

The team has strengthened its roster for 2010, with the addition of six recruits, including Belgian rider Dominique Cornu from Omega Pharma-Lotto and Yann Huguet from Agritubel. Its hopeful of another invitation to the Tour de France this year, with the Grand Depart taking place in the same city in which the squad was presented.