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Liquigas-Doimo escapes the snow for pre-season training

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Aliaksandr Kuchynski aids the mechanic in bike setup.

Aliaksandr Kuchynski aids the mechanic in bike setup.
(Image credit: Paolo Barbieri)
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Alessandro Vanotti and Brian Vandborg.

Alessandro Vanotti and Brian Vandborg.
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Daniele Bennati (l) and Manuel Quinziato were taking no risks with the cold.

Daniele Bennati (l) and Manuel Quinziato were taking no risks with the cold.
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Francesco Chicchi and Frederik Willems don't look that amused.

Francesco Chicchi and Frederik Willems don't look that amused.
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Ivan Basso finishes his preparation for the morning ride.

Ivan Basso finishes his preparation for the morning ride.
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Frederik Willems and Daniele Bennati discuss the ride... or maybe the football.

Frederik Willems and Daniele Bennati discuss the ride... or maybe the football.
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Sylvester Szmyd quickly poses before the ride.

Sylvester Szmyd quickly poses before the ride.
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The green group makes its way out of Valencia.

The green group makes its way out of Valencia.
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Franco Pellizotti (front) and Barloworld recruit Francesco Bellotti.

Franco Pellizotti (front) and Barloworld recruit Francesco Bellotti.
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Roman Kreuziger and Valerio Agnoli looked happy enough in a bit of Valencian sunshine.

Roman Kreuziger and Valerio Agnoli looked happy enough in a bit of Valencian sunshine.
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Manuel Quinziato was well rugged up but still smiling.

Manuel Quinziato was well rugged up but still smiling.
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The group rides down towards Benicassim beach.

The group rides down towards Benicassim beach.
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Ivan Basso was very well protected against the cold.

Ivan Basso was very well protected against the cold.
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Ivan Santaromita and Olivier Zaugg lead the group.

Ivan Santaromita and Olivier Zaugg lead the group.
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Ivan Basso and Franco Pellizotti take their turn leading the group.

Ivan Basso and Franco Pellizotti take their turn leading the group.
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Roman Kreuziger looks his usual relaxed self before heading out on the time trial bike.

Roman Kreuziger looks his usual relaxed self before heading out on the time trial bike.
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Ivan Basso and Franco Pellizotti await the start of the TT session.

Ivan Basso and Franco Pellizotti await the start of the TT session.
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The group is unmissable...

The group is unmissable...
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Valerio Agnoli and Aliaksandr Kuchynski.

Valerio Agnoli and Aliaksandr Kuchynski.
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Kuchynski finds a new way of posing with a banana.

Kuchynski finds a new way of posing with a banana.
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The Liquigas boys make their way along the Spanish coastline.

The Liquigas boys make their way along the Spanish coastline.
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Roman Kreuziger and Vincenzo Nibali.

Roman Kreuziger and Vincenzo Nibali.
(Image credit: Paolo Barbieri)

Fresh from its visit to the snow in Passo San Pellegrino, Italy, Team Liquigas-Doimo began training in slightly sunnier climes in Valencia, Spain, this week.

The team centred its operation around the Benicassim beach area, although low temperatures on Spain's eastern coast meant that the likes of Roman Kreuziger, Ivan Basso and Daniele Bennati were still forced to wear full winter kit (pictured below).

While the Italian squad's snow frolicking was designed to be a team-building exercise, it's back to the serious business of pre-season preparation in Spain. Teams such as Quick Step and Katusha have also been training along the Iberian Peninsula as central Europe freezes under its annual snowfall.

Liquigas-Domio's first ProTour event will be the Santos Tour Down Under in late January, approximately one month away. See all the images from Liquigas' Spanish training sojourn here.