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Gallery: Team Type 1 - Sanofi fine tune form in Italy

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Thumbs up from Javier Megias

Thumbs up from Javier Megias
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The team's neo-pros

The team's neo-pros
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Massimo Quero and Joe Eldridge

Massimo Quero and Joe Eldridge
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Massimo Quero

Massimo Quero
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The media focus on Laszlo Bodrogi

The media focus on Laszlo Bodrogi
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Javier Megias' spare Colnago bike

Javier Megias' spare Colnago bike
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RAI Sports filming the riders

RAI Sports filming the riders
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Remi Cusin and Julien El Fares

Remi Cusin and Julien El Fares
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Remi Cusin

Remi Cusin
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Soigneurv Massimo Quero

Soigneurv Massimo Quero
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The riders go through sprint drills

The riders go through sprint drills
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The riders tuck into a pre-season cake

The riders tuck into a pre-season cake
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The riders on a training ride

The riders on a training ride
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Vegard Stake Laengen joined from Joker Merida

Vegard Stake Laengen joined from Joker Merida
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A mechanic works on one of the team's wheels

A mechanic works on one of the team's wheels
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Will Dugan and his new shoes

Will Dugan and his new shoes
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Martin Verschoor

Martin Verschoor
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Martin Verschoor

Martin Verschoor
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Veteran Laszlo Bodrogi

Veteran Laszlo Bodrogi
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Alexander Serebrykov

Alexander Serebrykov
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Aleksandra Efimkin

Aleksandra Efimkin
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Neo-pro Alexander Serebrykov

Neo-pro Alexander Serebrykov
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Alessandro Bazzana is all smiles

Alessandro Bazzana is all smiles
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No training ride would complete without a coffee

No training ride would complete without a coffee
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Federico Cecchi and Phil Southerland

Federico Cecchi and Phil Southerland
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Gianluca Corradina and Filippo Fortin

Gianluca Corradina and Filippo Fortin
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Javier Megias

Javier Megias
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Javier Megias

Javier Megias
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Julien Antomarchi

Julien Antomarchi
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Julien el Fares

Julien el Fares
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Will Dugan on his birthday

Will Dugan on his birthday
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Bigger, better and stronger, that’s the message emanating from American Professional Continental squad Team Type 1 – Sanofi. The team recently finished a ten-day camp in Terracina, just south of Rome, clocking up over 1,900 kilometres in a bid to fine tune their form ahead of a number of key races dates in Europe.

Along with the obligatory six-hour rides, the riders split their duties between motor pacing and sprint training and with a stronger team this year they’ll be looking to make an early impact on the season with their two European racing programmes running in tandem. The first targets being the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise later this month and the G.P. Costa degli Etruschi in early February.

But training and hard work make up only a segment of training camps. Along with the long hours on the bike riders are measured for kit, set their race programmes and practice the age old pastime of ‘team bonding’.

In Team Type 1 – Sanofi’s case that involved celebrating Will Dugan’s 25th birthday and having all five off the team’s neo-professionals sing their respective national anthems.