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Gallery: Vacansoleil-DCM training in Benidorm

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Johnny Hoogerland is hoping to stay injury free in 2012

Johnny Hoogerland is hoping to stay injury free in 2012 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bianchi bikes and Vacansoleil-DCM are a partnership

Bianchi bikes and Vacansoleil-DCM are a partnership (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Dutch team are raring to go ahead of their second season on the WorldTour

The Dutch team are raring to go ahead of their second season on the WorldTour (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Neo-pro Barry Markus is a new addition for 2012

Neo-pro Barry Markus is a new addition for 2012 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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FSA provide components for the team

FSA provide components for the team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Joule computers atop the team bikes

Joule computers atop the team bikes (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johnny Hoogerland (centre)

Johnny Hoogerland (centre) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The riders training as a group under the Spanish sun

The riders training as a group under the Spanish sun (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Gustav Larson (centre)

Gustav Larson (centre) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Directeur-sportif Jean-Paul Van Poppel

Directeur-sportif Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Still going strong as the shadows get longer

Still going strong as the shadows get longer (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marco Marcato (centre)

Marco Marcato (centre) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Taking advantage of the quiet roads around Benidorm

Taking advantage of the quiet roads around Benidorm (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johnny Hoogerland (centre)

Johnny Hoogerland (centre) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Gustav Larson (foreground)

Gustav Larson (foreground) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The group tries to beat the Spanish sunset

The group tries to beat the Spanish sunset (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johnny Hoogerland checking out his results

Johnny Hoogerland checking out his results (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marco Marcato (foreground)

Marco Marcato (foreground) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johnny Hoogerland (left)

Johnny Hoogerland (left) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bianchi's turquoise frame will really stand out in the peloton this year

Bianchi's turquoise frame will really stand out in the peloton this year (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Increasing the power on the roads of Benidorm

Increasing the power on the roads of Benidorm (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cornering round one of the town's many fountains

Cornering round one of the town's many fountains (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marco Marcato is entering his fourth season with the team

Marco Marcato is entering his fourth season with the team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Benidorm's climate is perfect for winter training

Benidorm's climate is perfect for winter training (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bjorn Leukemans (foreground)

Bjorn Leukemans (foreground) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Hilaire Van Der Schueren

Hilaire Van Der Schueren (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Preparing to set off

Preparing to set off (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Competition within team is healthy

Competition within team is healthy (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Climbs have been an important part of the training camp

Climbs have been an important part of the training camp (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bjorn Leukemans recently signed a contract extension with Vacansoleil-DCM

Bjorn Leukemans recently signed a contract extension with Vacansoleil-DCM (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bianchi are one of the biggest names in the industry

Bianchi are one of the biggest names in the industry (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Spanish sunshine has been popular with lots of WorldTour teams this winter, with many of them staging their winter training camps there. The latest team fine-tuning their fitness under a Mediterranean sky are Dutch team Vacansoleil-DCM, who have based themselves in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca.

The likes of Johnny Hoogerland, Bjorn Leukemans and neo-pro Barry Markus are testing themselves on a variety of training runs under the watchful eye of the coaching staff. As you can see from our picture gallery, the team has been busy. It's a big pre-season, in particular for Hoogerland. After a bright start to 2011 in the spring, he suffered a horror crash in the Tour de France that disrupted the rest of his year, and a productive and injury free training camp will be crucial to the completion of his rehabilitation.