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Lampre-Merida riders pose for official team photos

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The 2014 Lampre-Merida team

The 2014 Lampre-Merida team
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Andrea Palini (Lampre - Merida)

Andrea Palini (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Luca Dodi (Lampre - Merida)

Luca Dodi (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Valerio Conti (Lampre - Merida)

Valerio Conti (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Damiano Cunego (Lampre - Merida)

Damiano Cunego (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Sacha Modolo (Lampre - Merida)

Sacha Modolo (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Niccolò Bonifazio (Lampre - Merida)

Niccolò Bonifazio (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Directeur sportif Brent Copeland (Lampre - Merida)

Directeur sportif Brent Copeland (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Roberto Ferrari (Lampre - Merida)

Roberto Ferrari (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Manuele Mori (Lampre - Merida)

Manuele Mori (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Nelson Oliveira (Lampre - Merida)

Nelson Oliveira (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Team director Joxean Fernandez Matxin (Lampre - Merida)

Team director Joxean Fernandez Matxin (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Kristijan Durasek (Lampre - Merida)

Kristijan Durasek (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Elia Favilli (Lampre - Merida)

Elia Favilli (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Sacha Modolo (Lampre - Merida)

Sacha Modolo (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Luca Wackermann (Lampre - Merida)

Luca Wackermann (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Sidi provides the team's shoes

Sidi provides the team's shoes
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Filippo Pozzato (Lampre - Merida)

Filippo Pozzato (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Matteo Bono (Lampre - Merida)

Matteo Bono (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Davide Cimolai (Lampre - Merida)

Davide Cimolai (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Jan Polanc (Lampre - Merida)

Jan Polanc (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Manuele Mori (Lampre - Merida)

Manuele Mori (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida)

Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre - Merida)

Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Rui Costa's world champion Merida Reacto Evo

Rui Costa's world champion Merida Reacto Evo
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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World Champion Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Lampre - Merida)

World Champion Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre - Merida)

Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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The 2014 team issue Reacto Evo Merida

The 2014 team issue Reacto Evo Merida
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Elia Favilli (Lampre - Merida)

Elia Favilli (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)

World road race champion Rui Costa and his Lampre-Merida teammates posed for the team's official photograph in Monza on Wednesday, challenging the cold of the Italian winter to show off the team's 2014 blue and fuchsia kit.

Costa, Filippo Pozzato, Damiano Cunego, recent Santos Tour Down Under stage winner Diego Ulissi and Tour de San Luis stage winner Sacha Modolo posed in front of the spectacular Monza Duomo. Rui Costa has opted for an all-white look, with white shorts to match his white rainbow jersey.

New signing Chris Horner was not at the photo shoot but the team appears to have left a place in the team photo to add him at a later date. Horner is expected to race for Lampre-Merida at the Challenge Mallorca in early February. 

Many of the riders had returned from the warm of Australia and Argentina and had to suffer in the cold as Roberto and Luca Bettini snapped the photographs. Many of the riders will soon head to Dubai or Tuscany for the GP degli Etruschi –the opening race of the Italian season.

The Lampre-Merida team is based in nearby Usmate Velate and has done some team time training on the Monza motor racing circuit.