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Klöden likes new team and new bikes

Andreas Klöden likes his new gear

Andreas Klöden likes his new gear (Image credit: AFP)

By Susan Westemeyer

Andreas Klöden is on Mallorca island with his new teammates at the Astana team training camp, and he enjoying every minute of it. "I feel very comfortable here in the team!" he wrote on his website, www.andreas-kloeden.com. "The whole environment is nice and the team tries to do everything possible for us riders, so that we can totally concentrate on our training."

He had special praise for the new bikes, saying he is "very satisfied. It rides outstandingly and is very stiff, so that I can bring my optimal strength to it.

Klöden calls the new by BMC (the Pro Machine SLC01) "one of the best, if not the best, that I have ever ridden in my career." He was especially impressed with the time-trial bike, which "simply rides well and is a lot of fun. I wish I could use it every day for training."

The team will leave its Mallorca training camp on Thursday to fly to Astana, Kazakhstan, for the team presentation.

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