Gallery: Giro d'Italia teams introduced in Naples

Piazza del Plebiscito hosts presentation ceremony

The stunning Piazza del Plebiscito in the heart of Naples played host to today's Giro d'Italia team presentations, one day prior to the 130km opening stage in southern Italy.

Under brilliant blue skies, each of the 23 squads contesting the first Grand Tour of the year rode onto the stage flying the flag of their team's host country, with Italian wild card invite Vini Fantini-Selle Italia the first in line.

The introductions of the Giro's stars and domestiques continued for 90 minutes, concluding with the arrival of Garmin-Sharp and defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal, resplendent in the maglia rosa. The 32-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider made history last year as the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour and this year he's looking to become the first rider since Miguel Indurain (1992-1993) to win back to back Giros.

Click here to view all the pageantry from the Giro d'Italia team presentations.

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