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22 teams gather indoors for Giro d'Italia presentation

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Michele Scarponi and the jersey he hopes to wear.

Michele Scarponi and the jersey he hopes to wear.
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha)

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha)
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Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) will ride the Giro as his final race.

Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) will ride the Giro as his final race.
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Gilberto Simoni (Lampre)

Gilberto Simoni (Lampre)
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) had plenty of real estate to sign, but chose the center.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) had plenty of real estate to sign, but chose the center.
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The Katusha team will support Robbie McEwen (right).

The Katusha team will support Robbie McEwen (right).
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Carlos Sastre, ever the gentleman, chooses a less embarrassing place to sign the model's jersey.

Carlos Sastre, ever the gentleman, chooses a less embarrassing place to sign the model's jersey.
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Alexander Vinokourov (Astana).

Alexander Vinokourov (Astana).
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Alexander Vinokourov is interviewed.

Alexander Vinokourov is interviewed.
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The Team Sky jersey model held her composure while Bradley Wiggins signed her top.

The Team Sky jersey model held her composure while Bradley Wiggins signed her top.
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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The Caisse d'Epargne jersey model looking slightly uncomfortable with having her chest signed by Marzio Bruseghin.

The Caisse d'Epargne jersey model looking slightly uncomfortable with having her chest signed by Marzio Bruseghin.
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Michiel Elijzen (Omega Pharma_Lotto)

Michiel Elijzen (Omega Pharma_Lotto)
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David Millar (Garmin_Transitions) is gunning for the first maglia rosa.

David Millar (Garmin_Transitions) is gunning for the first maglia rosa.
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The target for the Giro d'Italia favourites (the gold trophy, not the woman).

The target for the Giro d'Italia favourites (the gold trophy, not the woman).
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Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)

Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas)

Ivan Basso (Liquigas)
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The Cervelo TestTeam awaits leader Carlos Sastre.

The Cervelo TestTeam awaits leader Carlos Sastre.
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Team Milram.

Team Milram.
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The Omega Pharma-Lotto team

The Omega Pharma-Lotto team
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David Millar (Garmin-Transitions)

David Millar (Garmin-Transitions)
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The Garmin_Transitions team waits for David Millar to join them.

The Garmin_Transitions team waits for David Millar to join them.
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Footon Servetto has Austrian champion Markus Eibegger.

Footon Servetto has Austrian champion Markus Eibegger.
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The Cofidis team

The Cofidis team
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The Bbox Bouygues Telecom squad

The Bbox Bouygues Telecom squad
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The AG2R La Mondiale team

The AG2R La Mondiale team
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The winner's trophy is delivered.

The winner's trophy is delivered.
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The Quick Step team

The Quick Step team
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Carlos Sastre and the Cervelo TestTeam.

Carlos Sastre and the Cervelo TestTeam.
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David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) signs the model's jersey.

David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) signs the model's jersey.
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World Champion Cadel Evans on centre stage.

World Champion Cadel Evans on centre stage.
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Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)

Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)
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The Liquigas squad and their jersey model

The Liquigas squad and their jersey model
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David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) comes to the podium.

David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) comes to the podium.
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The Colnago CSF-Inox team is presented.

The Colnago CSF-Inox team is presented.
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The overall Giro d'Italia trophy

The overall Giro d'Italia trophy
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Michele Scarponi heads on stage

Michele Scarponi heads on stage
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The Androni Giocattoli team

The Androni Giocattoli team
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The Colnago CSF-Inox jersey model gets an autograph.

The Colnago CSF-Inox jersey model gets an autograph.
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The Footon-Servetto team

The Footon-Servetto team
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Cadel Evans (BMC) gets ready for the team presentation.

Cadel Evans (BMC) gets ready for the team presentation.
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The BMC team with world champ Evans is presented.

The BMC team with world champ Evans is presented.
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Alessandro Petacchi will try to score stage wins for Lampre.

Alessandro Petacchi will try to score stage wins for Lampre.
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Cadel Evans is in the spotlight as world champion and race favorite

Cadel Evans is in the spotlight as world champion and race favorite
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Ivan Basso gets kitted up for the team presentation

Ivan Basso gets kitted up for the team presentation
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The Astana team from Enrico Gasparotto to Alexander Vinokourov.

The Astana team from Enrico Gasparotto to Alexander Vinokourov.
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The Giro d'Italia presentation took place at the Beurs van Berlage

The Giro d'Italia presentation took place at the Beurs van Berlage
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Cadel Evans (BMC)

Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Team Astana poses between the columns

Team Astana poses between the columns
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Team Milram is a spec from the back of the Beurs van Berlage

Team Milram is a spec from the back of the Beurs van Berlage
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The Acqua & Sapone team

The Acqua & Sapone team
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Marzio Bruseghin was the focus for Caisse d'Epargne.

Marzio Bruseghin was the focus for Caisse d'Epargne.
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Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky

Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky
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Andre Greipel and the HTC-Columbia team

Andre Greipel and the HTC-Columbia team
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The Beurs van Berlage

The Beurs van Berlage
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Bradley Wiggins will be a prime candidate for the first maglia rosa.

Bradley Wiggins will be a prime candidate for the first maglia rosa.
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Alexander Vinokourov is interviewed.

Alexander Vinokourov is interviewed.
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Bradley Wiggins signs the only available part of the Team Sky model's jersey

Bradley Wiggins signs the only available part of the Team Sky model's jersey
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Astana is introduced at the Giro presentation

Astana is introduced at the Giro presentation
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Stefano Garzelli heads up the Acqua & Sapone team

Stefano Garzelli heads up the Acqua & Sapone team
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) and his team bike

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) and his team bike
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The 198 riders on the Giro d'Italia start list completed the last act of the build-up to the race on Friday afternoon, gathering at the Beurs Van Berlage theatre for the official team presentation.

Team presentations are usually held outside but the race organisers must have kept a close eye on the wet and cold weather in Amsterdam and moved the ceremony inside the Beurs van Berlage. Without open access to the public, the spacious conference facility was not filled to capacity. So far the bad weather has put a dampener on the Giro start in the Dutch capital but the forecast is for better weather on Saturday and Sunday.

However that did not stop the riders looking worryingly at the sky as they entered the theatre, aware that rain on the twisting, technical time trial course, on the slick city centre roads of Amsterdam, could be treacherous.

The teams were presented by Dutch model Yolanthe Cabau and Italian race speaker Barbara Pedrotti, with a model wearing each of the team's jersey as they went on stage. Each team captain showed off the bike the riders would be using during the Giro and said a few words. Naturally the Rabobank team got the biggest cheer, even without 2009 Giro winner Denis Menchov or star sprinter Oscar Freire in their line-up.

Before going on stage to be presented to the crowd, the riders gathered in a side room away from the spot light. It was a chance for a last hello to their friends in the peloton, final pre-race media interviews and some improvised team photographs. Each of the 22 teams will start the Giro with nine riders. Who knows how many will make it to the finish in Verona on May 30?

Bradley Wiggins and his Team Sky teammates were one of the first to arrive. Wiggins was sporting a short haircut and looked lean but relaxed, despite being widely tipped as the favourite for Saturday's time trial.

Andrei Greipel (HTC-Columbia) admitted he had suffered with some stomach problems during Thursday night, but said he is recovering well and will definitely be on the start ramp for the time trial. With 2009 Giro winner Denis Menchov not riding this year, Greipel will be last rider off.

Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli) posed with this year's maglia rosa, while Damiano Cunego and Gilberto Simoni seemed happy to be back on the same team after putting their differences behind them.

Alexandre Vinokourov posed with his Astana teammates, while the big three overall favourites Cadel Evans (BMC), Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) and Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam) were the last teams to going on stage. All three looked relaxed and confident on stage.

We will find out just how good they really are and who will pull on the maglia rosa in Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon.