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2017 Vuelta a Espana launched across Nimes' Roman landmarks - Gallery

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Chris Froome poses for photos in the Nimes amphitheatre

Chris Froome poses for photos in the Nimes amphitheatre
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Caja Rural, the Spanish Pro Conti team

Caja Rural, the Spanish Pro Conti team
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Rafal Majka will lead the line for Bora-Hansgrohe at the Vuelta

Rafal Majka will lead the line for Bora-Hansgrohe at the Vuelta
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UAE Team Emirates on the stage

UAE Team Emirates on the stage
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Aqua Blue Sport are riding their first Grand Tour

Aqua Blue Sport are riding their first Grand Tour
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The Sunweb team on the stage

The Sunweb team on the stage
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Team Katusha-Alpecin on the stage

Team Katusha-Alpecin on the stage
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Killing time

Killing time
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Italians Vincenzo Nibali and Domenico Pozzovivo shoot the breeze

Italians Vincenzo Nibali and Domenico Pozzovivo shoot the breeze
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Soon-to-be-retired Alberto Contador on the stage as his career highlights are played on the screen

Soon-to-be-retired Alberto Contador on the stage as his career highlights are played on the screen
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The Trek-Segafredo team

The Trek-Segafredo team
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Alberto Contador hits the stage for his final pre-race teams presentation

Alberto Contador hits the stage for his final pre-race teams presentation
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Romain Bardet's AG2R-La Mondiale team

Romain Bardet's AG2R-La Mondiale team
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Killing time

Killing time
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Chris Froome exits the stage

Chris Froome exits the stage
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Chris Froome and his Sky teammates

Chris Froome and his Sky teammates
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The Orica-Scott team

The Orica-Scott team
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LottoNL-Jumbo

LottoNL-Jumbo
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Cofidis are habitual invitees to the Vuelta

Cofidis are habitual invitees to the Vuelta
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The BMC team aren't looking at GC here

The BMC team aren't looking at GC here
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The Quick-Step Floors team has plenty of options

The Quick-Step Floors team has plenty of options
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Chris Froome was in demand with the media

Chris Froome was in demand with the media
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Orica-Scott's three-pronged attack - Adam and Simon Yates either side of Esteban Chaves in Nimes

Orica-Scott's three-pronged attack - Adam and Simon Yates either side of Esteban Chaves in Nimes
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Photo opportunities with the so-called 'top riders'

Photo opportunities with the so-called 'top riders'
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Photo opportunities with the so-called 'top riders'

Photo opportunities with the so-called 'top riders'
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Questions for Romain Bardet ahead of the Vuelta

Questions for Romain Bardet ahead of the Vuelta
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The opening team time trial will run through the Nimes amphitheatre

The opening team time trial will run through the Nimes amphitheatre
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Questions for Chaves as autograph hunters hover above

Questions for Chaves as autograph hunters hover above
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The amphitheatre in Nimes is providing a striking setting for the start of the Vuelta

The amphitheatre in Nimes is providing a striking setting for the start of the Vuelta
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The top riders pose for photos

The top riders pose for photos
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The wildcard Manzana Posotbon team on the stage

The wildcard Manzana Posotbon team on the stage
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Former winner Vincenzo Nibali in relaxed mood at the teams presentation

Former winner Vincenzo Nibali in relaxed mood at the teams presentation
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Dimension Data up on stage

Dimension Data up on stage
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Lotto Soudal on the stage

Lotto Soudal on the stage
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The Cannondale-Drapac team on the stage

The Cannondale-Drapac team on the stage
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FDJ on the stage

FDJ on the stage
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A representative from each of the 22 teams

A representative from each of the 22 teams
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Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain-Merida team takes to the stage

Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain-Merida team takes to the stage
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The 2017 Vuelta a España gets underway in Nimes on Saturday, and the French city's finest landmarks were used to launch the race on Friday. 

In the daytime, the so-called 'top riders' went through the pre-race media rituals in the Roman amphitheatre, built in 70 AD, that will also host the team time trial that kicks the race off on Saturday evening. 

On Friday evening, all 198 riders made the short trip to the nearby Jardins de la Fontaine for the official teams presentation, with each of the 22 teams taking to the stage in front of the public. 

There was a special tribute to Alberto Contador as he embarks upon his final race. The Spaniard, a three-time winner of the Vuelta, had already been awarded the number 1 dossard as a gesture from the race, and they got him up on stage as highlights of his career played on the big screen. 

There was also a minute's silence dedicated to those affected by the terrorist attack in the Spanish city of Barcelona the previous day. 

Flick through the gallery above for a full range of photos from the media day and the teams presentation.