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HTC-Columbia wraps up Mallorca camp

HTC-Columbia is putting the finishing touches on its pre-season training camp at Mallorca.

Both the men’s and women’s teams converged on the island for important training sessions and will next head to the Tour of Qatar.

“We got everything we wanted out of this camp and we’re happy with the result,” HTC-Columbia’s team manager Rolf Aldag said in a team release. “The weather has been bad throughout Europe, so we were right to come training here in Mallorca. We had to delay one day’s training by one hour and it was cold at the beginning of the camp but otherwise there were no compromises.”

Following the Tour Down Under in Australia, where members of the men’s team is racing this week with Andre Greipel taking two stage victories and leading the GC, rosters from both the women’s and men’s teams will head to Qatar in the Middle East in early February for HTC-Columbia’s next races.

“We’ve laid some very valuable groundwork here,” HTC-Columbia women’s team manager Ronny Lauke said. “The new riders and veteran members of the team have gotten to know each other well, we’ve completed all the logistical work that was needed, and we’ve done a lot of training rides – up to six hours – as well. Morale is high and we’re ready to go. We’re very optimistic.”

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