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Video: RadioShack Leopard at the Giro d'Italia

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Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack Leopard) awaits the start of the Giro's team time trial stage on Ischia

Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack Leopard) awaits the start of the Giro's team time trial stage on Ischia (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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Giro d'Italia team time trial stage warm-up in progress at the RadioShack Leopard bus

Giro d'Italia team time trial stage warm-up in progress at the RadioShack Leopard bus (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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George Bennett (RadioShack Leopard) getting kitted up with his aero gear for the team time trial stage

George Bennett (RadioShack Leopard) getting kitted up with his aero gear for the team time trial stage (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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Time to put on the aero booties before heading to the start house

Time to put on the aero booties before heading to the start house (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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George Bennett (RadioShack Leopard) is making his Grand Tour debut at the 2013 Giro

George Bennett (RadioShack Leopard) is making his Grand Tour debut at the 2013 Giro (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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A picture of focus and concentration before the Giro's TTT stage

A picture of focus and concentration before the Giro's TTT stage (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack Leopard) puts in some trainer time before the team time trial stage

Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack Leopard) puts in some trainer time before the team time trial stage (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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Tiago Machado (RadioShack Leopard) gets warmed up for the team time trial stage

Tiago Machado (RadioShack Leopard) gets warmed up for the team time trial stage (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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A RadioShack Leopard mechanic preps a bike for Sunday's team time trial stage at the Giro.

A RadioShack Leopard mechanic preps a bike for Sunday's team time trial stage at the Giro. (Image credit: Laura Fletcher / cassettemedia.com)
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With the warm-up complete it's time to head to the start house for the stage 2 team time trial.

With the warm-up complete it's time to head to the start house for the stage 2 team time trial. (Image credit: Daniel Simms)

RadioShack Leopard has fielded a squad balanced between youth and experience at the 2013 Giro d'Italia and in this exclusive video Cyclingnews goes behind the scenes to speak with the riders about the chemistry and camaraderie necessary to make one's way through a Grand Tour.

The squad's youth division is highlighted by George Bennett (23), making his Grand Tour debut, as well as Jesse Sergent (24) and Giacomo Nizzolo (24), each with one Giro d'Italia under their belts, plus Nelson Oliveira (24) with a Giro and Vuelta finish in his palmares.

"We've got a lot of young guys - four of us - and we've got a few old guys," said Bennett. "So the young guys are there for morale, helping each other through, and the old guys have the experience and have done enough Grand Tours and know what we're going through."

On the other end of the experience spectrum are seasoned pros such as Danilo Hondo, Yaroslav Popovych and Hayden Roulston who provide insight into their role on the squad plus some lighthearted commentary about their teammates' personalities and sleeping habits.

After three stages of the Giro d'Italia RadioShack Leopard's GC hopeful Robert Kiserlovski, 10th overall at the 2010 Giro, is in 18th overall at one minute.