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Liquigas-Cannondale riders on track to improve time trialling

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Alan Marangoni leads the trio

Alan Marangoni leads the trio
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The Liquigas-Cannondale mechanics were kept busy with the riders' TT bikes

The Liquigas-Cannondale mechanics were kept busy with the riders' TT bikes
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Liquigas-Cannondale know the importance of team time trials

Liquigas-Cannondale know the importance of team time trials
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Three riders play at team pursuiting

Three riders play at team pursuiting
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Sagan is trying to get lower without losing power

Sagan is trying to get lower without losing power
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Peter Sagan (Liquiigas-Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Liquiigas-Cannondale)
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Sagan close up

Sagan close up
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Peter Sagan on the track

Peter Sagan on the track
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Peter Sagan (Liquiigas-Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Liquiigas-Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan (Liquiigas-Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Liquiigas-Cannondale)
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The riders get instructions about the tests

The riders get instructions about the tests
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teamcoach Paolo Slongo tests Davide Cimolai's lactic acid

teamcoach Paolo Slongo tests Davide Cimolai's lactic acid
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Ted King on the track in Brescia

Ted King on the track in Brescia
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Stage race rider Eros Capecchi

Stage race rider Eros Capecchi
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Maciej Bodnar takes his turn on the track

Maciej Bodnar takes his turn on the track
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Basso hands over his SRM computer after his test

Basso hands over his SRM computer after his test
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Basso gets ready to get in o his tuck

Basso gets ready to get in o his tuck
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The Liquigas riders take a break

The Liquigas riders take a break
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Basso prefers a flat forearm position

Basso prefers a flat forearm position
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas) tested a new helmet

Ivan Basso (Liquigas) tested a new helmet
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Basso close up

Basso close up
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Basso is aero but not super low

Basso is aero but not super low
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) at speed

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) at speed
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Bodnar looks pretty aero

Bodnar looks pretty aero
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Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) at speed

Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) at speed
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Members of the Liquigas-Cannondale team, including Ivan Basso, Ted King, Peter Sagan and Eros Capecchi, have spent a day on the covered track in Brescia to perfect their positions on their new time trial bikes.

The riders had already undergone biomechanical studies and worked on their positions during the team’s training camps in Sardinia but the controlled conditions of the track allowed team coach Paolo Slongo, team doctor Roberto Corsetti and directeur sportif Stefano Zanatta to further tweak the riders' positions.

Paolo Longo Borghini was the first on track at 9:30 in the morning, followed by Ivan Basso and Peter Sagan. Eros Capecchi, Damiano Caruso, Davide Cimolai, Ted King, Paolo Longo Borghini, Alan Marangoni, Maciej Paterski, Simone Ponzi, Juraj Sagan, Cristiano Salerno, Elia Viviani and Cameron Wurf were all scheduled for time on the boards during a long day of testing.

The Liquigas-Cannondale team knows a good result in team time trials is vital for success in major stage races, while a perfect time trial position could help riders like Sagan in prologue time trials. He finished fifth in last year’s Paris-Nice prologue, just ten seconds slower than winner Lars Boom.

“The testing was an important test for the new riders and helped the others perfect their position,” Slongo said. “The theoretical and the practical changes have given us some useful feedback and will help us during the season.”

The riders covered laps of the Italian track at a set pace and then compared power outputs after making changes to their position and equipment. Basso tested a new Rudy Project helmet, making sure it fitted well while he was in his tucked aero position.

“The test confirmed that the position that I’ve got is pretty good. It’s aerodynamic and allows me get to get everything out. We’ve got a new helmet that works really well but I didn’t change my position because it works for me,” Basso told Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 13 riders will travel to Tenerife on Thursday for a 12-day high-altitude training camp.