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Voigt and Bennati with RadioShack at Tour Down Under

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RadioShack-Nissan-Trek is taking shape on the road.

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek is taking shape on the road.
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Alain Gallopin addresses some of his new riders from Leopard Trek.

Alain Gallopin addresses some of his new riders from Leopard Trek.
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Andy Schleck and Maxime Monfort chat in Calpe.

Andy Schleck and Maxime Monfort chat in Calpe.
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Chris Horner and Alain Gallopin discuss the route.

Chris Horner and Alain Gallopin discuss the route.
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Andy Schleck is looking for a big year with his new team.

Andy Schleck is looking for a big year with his new team.
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Frank Schleck is a key man at the newly merged team.

Frank Schleck is a key man at the newly merged team.
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Johan Bruyneel was on hand before the riders took off.

Johan Bruyneel was on hand before the riders took off.
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Robert Wagner gets ready for the morning's ride.

Robert Wagner gets ready for the morning's ride.
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RadioShack-Nissan are enjoying the opportunity to train in the sunshine in Calpe.

RadioShack-Nissan are enjoying the opportunity to train in the sunshine in Calpe.
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Tony Gallopin joins the team from Cofidis.

Tony Gallopin joins the team from Cofidis.
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Robert Wagner is German champion.

Robert Wagner is German champion.
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American champion Matt Busche.

American champion Matt Busche.
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Chris Horner has begun his pre-season training earlier than usual.

Chris Horner has begun his pre-season training earlier than usual.
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Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) will spend an additional week training in Spain.

Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) will spend an additional week training in Spain.
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RadioShack-Nissan-Trek have clear blue skies and rolling terrain in Calpe.

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek have clear blue skies and rolling terrain in Calpe.
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Time for a break. The RadioShack and Leopard riders pull over.

Time for a break. The RadioShack and Leopard riders pull over.
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The season is still a few weeks away.

The season is still a few weeks away.
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RadioShack-Nissan-Trek stop for a coffee break.

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek stop for a coffee break.
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It's not all work in Calpe for RadioShack-Nissan-Trek.

It's not all work in Calpe for RadioShack-Nissan-Trek.
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Everything is checked to the millimetre.

Everything is checked to the millimetre.
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Cofidis are also in Calpe.

Cofidis are also in Calpe.
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The 2012 RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team is taking shape in Calpe.

The 2012 RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team is taking shape in Calpe.
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Time for some last minute adjustments.

Time for some last minute adjustments.
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Andreas Kloden has a wealth of experience.

Andreas Kloden has a wealth of experience.
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Alexandre Vinokourov and his Astana team are also in Calpe.

Alexandre Vinokourov and his Astana team are also in Calpe.
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Daniele Bennati will lead RadioShack-Nissan-Trek in the Tour Down Under in January, as the new squad will make its WorldTour debut. Also on the squad is “absolute crowd favourite” Jens Voigt.

The Italian sprinter has won 10 grand tour stages since 2007. He had five individual wins this season, including the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana.

“I am sure Bennati will start the year strong and aim for results at our race as the first WorldTour race of the season,” race director Mike Turtur said.

Voigt, 40, last rode the Tour Down Under in 2010. “We look forward to welcoming back Jens Voigt. Not only is Jens is a three time Tour de France stage winner, he is an absolute crowd favourite.”

The team is also sending its two New Zealand riders, national road champion Hayden Roulston and Jesse Sergeant.

“RadioShack-Nissan-Trek has selected an impressive line-up to include a mix of Grand Tour experience and youthful competitiveness in their Santos Tour Down Under squad,” Turtur said.

Jose Azevedo will serve as team manager for the race, which is held in southern Australia from January 15 to 22.

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek for the Tour Down Under: Daniele Bennati (Ita), Linus Gerdemann (Ger), Ben Hermans (Bel), Tiago Machado (Por), Hayden Roulston (NZl), Jesse Sergent (NZl) and Jens Voigt (Ger).

Meanwhile, the newly-merged team is continuing its first pre-season training camp in Calpe. For a new gallery of images from Spain, click here.