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Liquigas training in Sardinia

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Daniel Oss

Daniel Oss
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The Cannondale Slice TT bikes await the riders

The Cannondale Slice TT bikes await the riders
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Sylwester Szmyd

Sylwester Szmyd
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Ivan Basso close up

Ivan Basso close up
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Basso is chased by his group

Basso is chased by his group
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The only traffic was a Liquigas truck

The only traffic was a Liquigas truck
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Guarnieri and Oss lead the group

Guarnieri and Oss lead the group
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The view from the front

The view from the front
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Ivan Basso

Ivan Basso
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Peter Sagan and Fabio Sabatini

Peter Sagan and Fabio Sabatini
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The warm weather means no gloves and just knee warmers are needed

The warm weather means no gloves and just knee warmers are needed
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Jacopo Guarnieri is ready for his ride

Jacopo Guarnieri is ready for his ride
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Daniel Oss checks his bars

Daniel Oss checks his bars
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Ted King in his Cervelo TestTeam kit

Ted King in his Cervelo TestTeam kit
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Timmy Duggan is quickly learning to speak in Italian

Timmy Duggan is quickly learning to speak in Italian
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Cameron Wurf and Ted King

Cameron Wurf and Ted King
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Blue skies but no hills today

Blue skies but no hills today
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The roads around Olbia are quiet during the winter

The roads around Olbia are quiet during the winter
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Vincenzo Nibali leads his group on a descent

Vincenzo Nibali leads his group on a descent
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The road bikes had a day off

The road bikes had a day off
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The Liquigas-Cannondale team enjoyed another day in the sun during their training camp in northern Sardinia on Monday, swapping their road bikes for two hours training on their time trial bikes. The ride circled the port of Olbia, where the team is staying until December 22.

The 29 riders have already done five days of training and the short spin near the coast doubled as a recovery day and a shakedown of the new Slice Cannondale bikes. SRAM replaces Campagnolo as drive train supplier in 2011, with FSA providing the bars and stems. The team will continue to use Mavic wheels and Speedplay pedals.

The riders were divided into three groups for the ride with team leader's Ivan Basso, Vincenzo Nibali and Peter Sagan in different groups.

New riders such as American's Ted King, Timmy Duggan, Australia's Cameron Wurf and talented Italian Eros Capecchi rode in their old team kit but will pull on the new Liquigas-Cannondale colours at the team's official presentation on January 10 in Milan.

After the morning rides, the days at the camp include work in the gym to improve core strength, meetings with sponsors, English lessons and progressive relaxation sessions with mind coach Marino Rosti.