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Galicia provides a tasty send-off for the peloton

The 198 riders of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana were presented in Ourense today in front of a glistening blue lake, but the teams were not the only entertainment for the fans.

After the traditional photo-op and brief interviews of the various favourites, the organisers put on a cooking show featuring 12 chefs from the Grupo Nove, 9 from the Friends of Galician Cuisine and 21 Designations of Origin, Protected Geographical Indications and Differentiated Quality Brands all with an aim at introducing the world to the unique gastronomic pursuits of the region.

"We will show the great value of Galician gastronomy; a combination of tradition, innovation and quality of products as well as the great potential and virtue of its chefs, who will unleash their imaginations, turning the show's presentation and staging into a large-scale spectacle that will delight our five senses," said Nava Castro, the Director of Galician Tourism, according to the race's website.

The Vuelta marks its second start in Galicia in the past four years and the eighth time in the race's history.

The race will go through all four Galician provinces, before crossing into Castilla y Leon in stage 7, which finishes in Puebla de Sanabria.

The race has a strong field this year, with Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) offsetting the absence of defending champion Fabio Aru (Astana).

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