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Tinkoff-Saxo train in Gran Canaria - gallery

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Peter Sagan stretches his legs out while on the ride

Peter Sagan stretches his legs out while on the ride
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Manuele Boaro and Rafa Majka

Manuele Boaro and Rafa Majka
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Peter Sagan's rainbow is easy to spot against the team kit of Tinkoff-Saxo

Peter Sagan's rainbow is easy to spot against the team kit of Tinkoff-Saxo
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Peter Sagan gets aero

Peter Sagan gets aero
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Peter Sagan on the front of the group

Peter Sagan on the front of the group
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Setting the pace

Setting the pace
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Daniele Bennati leads in for a fist pump

Daniele Bennati leads in for a fist pump
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The group thins out as they hit the slopes

The group thins out as they hit the slopes
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Big smiles from Peter Sagan

Big smiles from Peter Sagan
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 Peter Sagan and Daniele Bennati share a laugh

Peter Sagan and Daniele Bennati share a laugh
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Roman Kreuziger and Daniele Bennati on the front

Roman Kreuziger and Daniele Bennati on the front
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Roman Kreuziger and Daniele Bennati

Roman Kreuziger and Daniele Bennati
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Roman Kreuziger and Daniele Bennati chatting

Roman Kreuziger and Daniele Bennati chatting
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Big smiles at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp

Big smiles at the Tinkoff-Saxo training camp
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The Tinkoff-Saxo team out enjoying the sunshine

The Tinkoff-Saxo team out enjoying the sunshine
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Tinkoff-Saxo's December training camp is now well under way with riders getting plenty of kilometres into their legs on Gran Canaria with the 2016 season just around the corner. 

On Sunday the team enjoyed a 3.5 hour ride, with Alberto Contador celebrating his 33rd birthday, around Gran Canaria but Tinkoff-Saxo has stepped up the intensity as the 2016 season gets closer by the day and the team prepares for its objective of winning the Tour de France with Contador.

Daniele Bennati and Roman Kreuziger set the early pace while out on the team's training ride with World Champion Peter Sagan sitting in second wheel showing off his rainbow jersey. The team was riding in its 2015 kit although it will unveil a special training kit in the coming days to be made by Sportful. There is no regulation for training kits from the UCI which allows for kit manufacturers to get creative. Fluro and camouflage have featured predominately in the last few Tinkoff-Saxo kits and could feature again in the new kit.

On the ride Sagan also showed off his bike handling skills getting into a tight aero tuck, demonstrating the characteristics that saw him voted best male road rider in the Best Male Road Rider in 2015 Cyclingnews Reader Poll.

Click here for Cyclingnews' complete guide to 2015-2016 team training camps.