The stars of the Vuelta a España were on display at the team presentation held in Malaga on Thursday. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Simon and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) waved to the crowds from the stage while also stopped to take pictures and sign autographs with fans outside the presentation area.
The third Grand Tour of the season will get underway on Saturday with an 8km time trial in Malaga. This Vuelta is considered one of the toughest with nine summit finishes and two individual time trials. There are six flat stages and four mid-mountain days, but the bulk of the climbing comes during the end of the second week.
Despite the challenges ahead, the riders and teams looked to be in a relaxed atmosphere as they sat and waited for the presentation at small tables and outside benches, mixing and mingling with one another.
View the gallery of images from the Vuelta a España team presentation above.