Gallery: Vuelta a España presents teams and riders ahead of the 2015 race

Nibali, Froome, Quintana, van Garderen take the stage in Benahavís

The 2015 Vuelta a España team presentation was held on a balmy night in Benahavís before the contentious team time trial kicks off the Spanish grand tour on Saturday with all 22 teams in appearance.

The riders looked relaxed as they chatted with friends on rival teams and snapping selfies before going on stage with fans snapping pictures and trying to get autographs.

Movistar, with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, was a crowd favourite with the team leaders of Spain's WorldTour team favourites for overall victory.

Team Sky with Tour de France champion Chris Froome also received cheers from the crowd as last year's runner up is looking to join Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault as the only riders to achieve the Tour-Vuelta double.

Astana with its general classification triumvirate of Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa looked relaxed on and off stage.

Despite the recent bad press concerning a doping positive and drunken behaviour, Katusha was welcomed by the crowd due to the presence of Joaquim 'Purito' Rodríguez who is looking for a podium finish in three weeks time.

Have a look through the gallery before the Vuelta gets underway with a beachside 7.4km team time trial Saturday

To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here

Related Articles

Back to top