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Photo gallery: Lampre-ISD at the Mapei Center

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Cunego was his team's second-ranked rider in 2011

Cunego was his team's second-ranked rider in 2011
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Performance readings show what each rider needs to focus on over the winter

Performance readings show what each rider needs to focus on over the winter
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There is no place to hide for the riders as they are put through their paces

There is no place to hide for the riders as they are put through their paces
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Damiano Cunego feels the burn

Damiano Cunego feels the burn
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The team at the Mapei Center leave nothing to chance

The team at the Mapei Center leave nothing to chance
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Lampre-ISD are hopeful that the tests will give their riders an early preseason edge

Lampre-ISD are hopeful that the tests will give their riders an early preseason edge
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Cunego forces a smile for the camera

Cunego forces a smile for the camera
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Impressive concentration, less impressive tan lines

Impressive concentration, less impressive tan lines
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Alessandro Petacchi blowing away some cobwebs

Alessandro Petacchi blowing away some cobwebs
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The results of the testing means Lampre-ISD can give their riders specially tailored training plans

The results of the testing means Lampre-ISD can give their riders specially tailored training plans
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Petacchi is hooked up to more tubes than a hospital patient

Petacchi is hooked up to more tubes than a hospital patient
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Competitive rivalry is put to one side at this stage of preseason preparations

Competitive rivalry is put to one side at this stage of preseason preparations
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The offseason already seems a long time ago

The offseason already seems a long time ago
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The Mapei Center has been used by Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso in the past

The Mapei Center has been used by Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso in the past
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Lampre-ISD finished 7th in the 2011 UCI WorldTour rankings

Lampre-ISD finished 7th in the 2011 UCI WorldTour rankings
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The team at the Mapei Center use some of the most advanced equipment in the world

The team at the Mapei Center use some of the most advanced equipment in the world
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With the 2012 season now getting ever closer, Italian team Lampre-ISD have attempted to get an early advantage over their rivals by sending some of their athletes to the sports lab at the state-of-the-art Mapei Center at Castellanza in the Italian Alps.

In the past the center's facilities have been favoured by the likes of 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and dual Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso. Lampre-ISD sent their athletes there on Thursday and Friday of last week for medical examinations and an evaluation of their general conditioning before they start serious preseason training ahead of their assault on the 2012 UCI Pro Tour.