The 2015 season has only just finished, but teams are already looking forward to 2016 – including Tinkoff-Saxo, who held a camp in Croatia to welcome their new riders.
All 27 riders under contract for 2016, including new world champion Peter Sagan, are present at the getaway in the coastal resort of Poreč, where they will undergo medical evaluations and attend team meetings.
While some riders will still be in their period of off-season rest, a few faces, new and old, kitted up for a pootle in the balmy 20C temperatures.
Sagan and Alberto Contador are by far the star faces at the camp, posing together for photos in front of the bright blue Adriatic Sea.
Sagan, who won the World Championships road race in Richmond last month, posed with his new rainbow-striped jersey draped over his shoulder, although he’s not found time for a hair cut since his brilliant win.
With only two months left on Saxo Bank’s contract as title sponsor of the team, the riders and staff have a new set of kit and leisure wear to look forward to in 2016.
Brit Adam Blythe is one of several new faces at the team for next season, joined by the likes of Yuri Trofimov, Oscar Gatto and Michael Gogl.