Dusseldorf rolls out red carpet for Tour de France teams - Gallery

Huge crowds greet riders in Germany for teams presentation

The 22 teams set to take part in the 2017 Tour de France were presented Thursday in Düsseldorf as Germany prepares to host its first Grand Depart in three decades.

After a run of press conferences and the typical pre-race mind-games they entail, the Tour peloton had their chance to enjoy a celebratory evening on the banks of the Rhine River, with the performances and fanfare no Tour de France team presentation is complete without.

From Chris Froome to Peter Sagan, and in particular the 16 German riders on the start list, the stars of the race took to the stage to be officially welcomed by crowds of fans. For some riders, it was a chance to show off a new national champion's jersey in front of the fans for the first time.

A select few teams took advantage of the opportunity to unveil new kits as well, with Sky and Trek-Segafredo sporting fresh looks for the biggest event on the cycling calendar.

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