Gallery: 2014 Giro d'Italia teams' presentation

Belfast welcomes the 198 riders

Huge crowds turned out in the centre of Belfast on Thursday evening for the Giro d'Italia teams' presentation.

After a rain shower, the sun came out as the 198 riders paraded in front of the crowd and lined-up on stage.

As expected the three Irish riders in the race: Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), Philip Deignan (Team Sky) and Nicholas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) got the biggest cheers.

Race favourites Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) were also popular as Belfast celebrated hosting the Grand Partenza of the 2014 Giro d'Italia.

Other riders swapped high fives with the fans and posed for photographs as the hours counted down to the start of the Giro d'Italia.

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