In this Letter we report the first results on $\pi^\pm$, K$^\pm$, p and pbar production at mid-rapidity (|y|<~0.5) in central Pb-Pb collisions at sqrt{s_{NN}} = 2.76 TeV, measured by the ALICE experiment at the LHC. The pT distributions and yields are compared to previous results at sqrt{s_{NN}} = 200 GeV and expectations from hydrodynamic and thermal models. The spectral shapes indicate a strong increase of the radial flow velocity with sqrt{s_{NN}}, which in hydrodynamic models is expected as a consequence of the increasing particle density. While the K/pi ratio is in line with predictions from the thermal model, the p/pi ratio is found to be lower by a factor of about 1.5. This deviation from thermal model expectations is still to be understood.

**Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 (2012) 252301**

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