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Gallery: Synergy Baku train in Calpe

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Synergy Baku's riders prepare for another day in the saddle.

Synergy Baku's riders prepare for another day in the saddle.
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Tural Isgandarov (Synergy Baku).

Tural Isgandarov (Synergy Baku).
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Synergy Baku on the road in Spain.

Synergy Baku on the road in Spain.
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The hinterland of Calpe offers ideal winter training conditions.

The hinterland of Calpe offers ideal winter training conditions.
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Agshin Ismayilov (Synergy Baku).

Agshin Ismayilov (Synergy Baku).
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Agshin Ismayilov (Synergy Baku).

Agshin Ismayilov (Synergy Baku).
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Aleksandr Surutkovych and Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku).

Aleksandr Surutkovych and Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku).
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Christoph Schweizer and Connor McConvey at the Synergy Baku training camp.

Christoph Schweizer and Connor McConvey at the Synergy Baku training camp.
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Connor McConvey at the Synergy Baku training camp in Calpe.

Connor McConvey at the Synergy Baku training camp in Calpe.
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Elchin Asadov and Synergy Baku performance director David McCann.

Elchin Asadov and Synergy Baku performance director David McCann.
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Elchin Asadov stretches before setting off.

Elchin Asadov stretches before setting off.
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Samir Jabrayilov is Azerbaijan national champion.

Samir Jabrayilov is Azerbaijan national champion.
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The Synergy Baku team in Spain ahead of the 2014 season.

The Synergy Baku team in Spain ahead of the 2014 season.
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Synergy Baku's riders enter the streets of Calpe.

Synergy Baku's riders enter the streets of Calpe.
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Calpe is a popular spot for winter training camps.

Calpe is a popular spot for winter training camps.
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No Nutella in sight at the Synergy Baku breakfast table.

No Nutella in sight at the Synergy Baku breakfast table.
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Synergy Baku's riders at breakfast in Calpe.

Synergy Baku's riders at breakfast in Calpe.
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New signings mean a variety of bikes for mechanics to work on.

New signings mean a variety of bikes for mechanics to work on.
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Synergy Baku's stock of energy products in Calpe.

Synergy Baku's stock of energy products in Calpe.
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The soigneurs prepare the bidons ahead of the day's training ride.

The soigneurs prepare the bidons ahead of the day's training ride.
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Synergy Baku's kit carries the distinctive emblem of Azerbaijan.

Synergy Baku's kit carries the distinctive emblem of Azerbaijan.
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The Synergy Baku team clocks up the miles in Spain.

The Synergy Baku team clocks up the miles in Spain.
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A quick break for the Synergy Baku men.

A quick break for the Synergy Baku men.
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Samir Jabrayilov in training with Synergy Baku.

Samir Jabrayilov in training with Synergy Baku.
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Synergy Baku is among the teams flocking to Spain’s Costa Blanca this month as preparations begin in earnest for the 2014 season. The Azerbaijan-backed team is based in Calpe, in the shadow of the Rock of Ifach, for its first training camp ahead of the new campaign.

The Continental squad recently acquired the services of Irish champion Matt Brammeier, while Luke Davison – winner of two gold medals at the recent Track World Cup in Mexico – was the last rider to arrive for the two-week training camp, and was greeted with applause by his teammates.

"It's great to have everyone here together in one place and the bonding is actually more important than the riding at this moment. But there will also be lots of training," sports director Jeremy Hunt said.

The team began their fortnight in the sun with a four-hour training ride on Monday, and have been continuing work in the hinterland of Calpe ever since. Click here for a picture gallery of Synergy Baku’s training camp on the Costa Blanca.