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Gallery: Stretching and core work with Tinkoff-Saxo

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Alberto Contador.

Alberto Contador.
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Peter and Juraj Sagan during a stretching exercise at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp.

Peter and Juraj Sagan during a stretching exercise at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp.
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Alberto Contador is seeking Giro d'Italia and Tour de France victory in 2015.

Alberto Contador is seeking Giro d'Italia and Tour de France victory in 2015.
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Alberto Contador surveys the scene in Gran Canaria.

Alberto Contador surveys the scene in Gran Canaria.
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo).
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Peter Sagan makes some tweaks to Ivan Basso's planking form in Gran Canaria.

Peter Sagan makes some tweaks to Ivan Basso's planking form in Gran Canaria.
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Peter Sagan puts Ivan Basso through his paces at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp.

Peter Sagan puts Ivan Basso through his paces at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp.
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Matti Breschel executes an abdominal bridge.

Matti Breschel executes an abdominal bridge.
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Bobby Julich chats with Matti Breschel at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp.

Bobby Julich chats with Matti Breschel at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp.
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Ivan Basso is back for a second spell with Bjarne Riis' team after riding for CSC from 2004 to 2006.

Ivan Basso is back for a second spell with Bjarne Riis' team after riding for CSC from 2004 to 2006.
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Peter Sagan must remain in Cannondale kit until January.

Peter Sagan must remain in Cannondale kit until January.
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Alberto Contador during a core exercise session with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates.

Alberto Contador during a core exercise session with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates.
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Ivan Basso.

Ivan Basso.
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Alberto Contador stretches with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates.

Alberto Contador stretches with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates.
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Peter Sagan leads Tinkoff-Saxo in the Classics.

Peter Sagan leads Tinkoff-Saxo in the Classics.
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Ivan Basso will ride in support of Alberto Contador at the Giro d'Italia.

Ivan Basso will ride in support of Alberto Contador at the Giro d'Italia.
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Rafal Maja (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Rafal Maja (Tinkoff-Saxo).
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Michael Rogers is an integral part of the Tinkoff-Saxo squad.

Michael Rogers is an integral part of the Tinkoff-Saxo squad.
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Roman Kreuziger faces a CAS hearing to resolve his biological passport case.

Roman Kreuziger faces a CAS hearing to resolve his biological passport case.
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Robert Kiserlovski is a new arrival at Tinkoff-Saxo.

Robert Kiserlovski is a new arrival at Tinkoff-Saxo.
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Ivan Basso during a core exercise.

Ivan Basso during a core exercise.
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Daniele Bennati at a stretching and core work session at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp.

Daniele Bennati at a stretching and core work session at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp.
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Tinkoff-Saxo’s work at their training camp on Gran Canaria was not limited to riding their bikes or fine-tuning the details of their 2015 programme – the squad also assembled twice a day for core strengthening work-outs.

For an hour each morning and 30 minutes each evening before dinner, Alberto Contador, Peter Sagan and company engaged in sessions of stretching and core exercises to complement the work they were carrying out on the bike.

Such work-outs have become increasingly in vogue in cycling in recent years, with riders ever more aware of the impact core strength (or the lack thereof) can have on pedalling mechanics.

In this gallery, Tinkoff-Saxo stalwarts such as Contador, Rafal Majka and Michael Rogers join new signings Sagan, Ivan Basso and Robert Kiserlovski in a session supervised by Bobby Julich, who has joined the squad’s management after a spell at BMC.

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