With the first races of the 2015 season fast approaching, the Tinkoff-Saxo team collected within the shadow of Mt. Etna in Italy for another training camp to get bikes and gear further sorted before the riders disappear to all corners of the globe. Here are some outtakes from the camp.
The presentation with the Specialized Venge and Tarmac sitting center stage.
Alberto Contador gets his pre-ride stretch on.
Former American Gran Tour rider Bobby Julich is one of the team’s managers…Peter Sagan’s older brother Juraj already looks tired.
Training camp is about more than just riding bikes as Peter Sagan and the rest of the team found out.
Lots of neon in the 2015 Tinkoff kit – thankfully.
Although a few Venge bikes were at the camp, the Tarmac was the bike used by most riders. New spec for the year includes FSA cranks, steps and seatposts and ProLogo saddles.
Lots and lots of bikes.
Ivan Basso , Contador and Sagan lead out the ride.
Hi-vis has it’s rewards on the road.
Ivan Basso (l) is certainly nearing the end of his career and many were surprised that he got picked-up by Tinkoff, but the veteran rider is wise of the ways on the road and can no doubt lend his years of experience to good end for the team…Alberto Contador certainly hopes so.
In addition to some previously seen camo kits were a few bikes painted with the camo theme.
Peter Sagan and Mt. Etna.
Of all the hires that should pay real dividends (and one that we personally cheered) was that of former British star rider (and Sky director) Sean Yates. In a word, Yates rules and the sport is better off for having him back in the race.
As a matter of fact, the camp kits are available for purchase at the official Tinkoff-Saxo team site.