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Photo gallery: Stars gather for Amstel Curaçao

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Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johnny Hoogerland prepares to serve

Johnny Hoogerland prepares to serve (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Schleck side takes the lead

The Schleck side takes the lead (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Frank Schleck enjoying the pool

Frank Schleck enjoying the pool (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Frank Schleck uses his only defense - blinding the opposition

Frank Schleck uses his only defense - blinding the opposition (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The pasty white chests of the riders thankfully covered in scuba gear

The pasty white chests of the riders thankfully covered in scuba gear (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johnny Hoogerland and Rob Ruijgh get ready to dive

Johnny Hoogerland and Rob Ruijgh get ready to dive (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Volleyball on the beach

Volleyball on the beach (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fly-weight Peter Sagan is at a distinct disadvantage in the tug of war

Fly-weight Peter Sagan is at a distinct disadvantage in the tug of war (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johnny Hoogerland heads out for some scuba diving

Johnny Hoogerland heads out for some scuba diving (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The tug of war hilarity

The tug of war hilarity (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Steven Kruijswijk works the jet ski

Steven Kruijswijk works the jet ski (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johan Vansummeren and Jelle Vanendert have it out

Johan Vansummeren and Jelle Vanendert have it out (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Pillow fight silliness over the pool

Pillow fight silliness over the pool (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marcel Kittel on a stroll along the beach

Marcel Kittel on a stroll along the beach (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Let's hope Steven Kriujswijk has SPF100 on.

Let's hope Steven Kriujswijk has SPF100 on. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A clean shaven Peter Sagan

A clean shaven Peter Sagan (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan suits up

Peter Sagan suits up (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Jurej Sagan gets his gear on

Jurej Sagan gets his gear on (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan ready to dive

Peter Sagan ready to dive (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johan Vansummeren

Johan Vansummeren (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Dennis Vanendert

Dennis Vanendert (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Hoogerland on the jet ski

Hoogerland on the jet ski (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andy Schleck takes a jet ski for a ride

Andy Schleck takes a jet ski for a ride (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marcel Kittel unwinds on Curacao after a successful season

Marcel Kittel unwinds on Curacao after a successful season (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Kittel shows good form in the tug of war

Kittel shows good form in the tug of war (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Kittel dunks his opponent

Kittel dunks his opponent (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marcel Kittel in the pillow fight

Marcel Kittel in the pillow fight (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marcel Kittel has big guns in comparison to the GC men.

Marcel Kittel has big guns in comparison to the GC men. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The stars of the 2011 peloton gathered in the "after-party" of the season, the Amstel Curaçao, on the tiny former Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela.

Andy and Fränk Schleck, Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Johnny Hoogerland and Johan Vansummeren were amongst the assembled riders and press who travelled to the Caribbean for the festivities, which included scuba diving, volleyball and a hilarious tug-of-war between bony-chested bicyclists.

Hoogerland emerged victorious in the warm-up Jan Thiel criterium on Thursday. The main event gets underway Saturday morning at 11am local time.

Enjoy our photo gallery, courtesy Roberto Bettini.