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Rigoberto Uran (Education First-Drapac) scans the heavens at the Colombia Oro y Paz presentation.

Rigoberto Uran (Education First-Drapac) scans the heavens at the Colombia Oro y Paz presentation.
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) salutes the masses.

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) salutes the masses.
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Sergio Henao was in demand at the presentation of Colombia Oro y Paz.

Sergio Henao was in demand at the presentation of Colombia Oro y Paz.
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Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors).

Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors).
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The Italian team at Colombia Oro y Paz.

The Italian team at Colombia Oro y Paz.
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The Colombian national team report for duty at Colombia Oro y Paz.

The Colombian national team report for duty at Colombia Oro y Paz.
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Nairo Quintana ahead of Colombia Oro y Paz.

Nairo Quintana ahead of Colombia Oro y Paz.
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Rigoberto Uran and the Education First-Drapac squad.

Rigoberto Uran and the Education First-Drapac squad.
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Rigoberto Uran (Education First-Drapac) is a hugely popular figure in Colombia.

Rigoberto Uran (Education First-Drapac) is a hugely popular figure in Colombia.
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Manzana Postobon at the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar in Palmira.

Manzana Postobon at the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar in Palmira.
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Bardiani-CSF.

Bardiani-CSF.
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Rigoberto Uran (Education First-Drapac) salutes the crowds at the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar.

Rigoberto Uran (Education First-Drapac) salutes the crowds at the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar.
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The teams watch proceedings at the Colombia Oro y Paz presentation at the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar in Palmira.

The teams watch proceedings at the Colombia Oro y Paz presentation at the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar in Palmira.
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CCC-Sprandi at Colombia Oro y Paz.

CCC-Sprandi at Colombia Oro y Paz.
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Movistar ready for action at Colombia Oro y Paz.

Movistar ready for action at Colombia Oro y Paz.
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Movistar at the Colombia Oro y Paz presentation.

Movistar at the Colombia Oro y Paz presentation.
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) before his home crowds.

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) before his home crowds.
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Egan Bernal, Alvaro Jose Hodeg, Sebastian Henao, Fernando Gaviria and Sergio Henao at Colombia Oro y Paz.

Egan Bernal, Alvaro Jose Hodeg, Sebastian Henao, Fernando Gaviria and Sergio Henao at Colombia Oro y Paz.
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Colombian champion Sergio Henao and Team Sky.

Colombian champion Sergio Henao and Team Sky.
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Sebastian Henao (Team Sky).

Sebastian Henao (Team Sky).
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Sergio Henao (Team Sky).

Sergio Henao (Team Sky).
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Colombian champion Sergio Henao (Sky) greets a young fan.

Colombian champion Sergio Henao (Sky) greets a young fan.
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Sergio Henao leads Team Sky into the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar in Palmira.

Sergio Henao leads Team Sky into the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar in Palmira.
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Egan Bernal (Team Sky).

Egan Bernal (Team Sky).
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Team Sky at Colombia Oro y Paz.

Team Sky at Colombia Oro y Paz.
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Egan Bernal (Team Sky).

Egan Bernal (Team Sky).
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Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors).

Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors).
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Fernando Gaviria, Ecuador champion Jhonatan Narvaez and the Quick-Step Floors team.

Fernando Gaviria, Ecuador champion Jhonatan Narvaez and the Quick-Step Floors team.
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Fernando Gaviria and his Quick-Step Floors team.

Fernando Gaviria and his Quick-Step Floors team.
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) speaks with the press at the Colombia Oro y Paz presentation.

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) speaks with the press at the Colombia Oro y Paz presentation.
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).
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Androni Giocattoli at Colombia Oro y Paz.

Androni Giocattoli at Colombia Oro y Paz.
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The heavens opened with just a few minutes remaining, but spirits were far from dampened at the official presentation of the riders and teams who will make up the inaugural edition of the Colombia Oro y Paz.

The new UCI 2.1 race, which sees a truly international professional peloton competing in Colombia for the first time, is a great source of pride for the cycling federation and the country as a whole. And Monday’s event was a celebration, with Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán et al paraded in front of adoring fans in the Estadio Francisco Rivera Escobar in Palmira.

“When we first came up with the idea, people thought we were mad,” said Coldeportes director Clara Luz Roldán on stage in the stadium. “But here we are.”

Soon the 25 teams entered the stadium one by one on their bikes, completing a lap of the athletics track that runs around the football pitch so as to pass in front of both stands of fans. Urán played the crowd, Fernando Gaviria filmed it on his phone, and Nairo Quintana mostly bore a bemused expression, as if he isn’t mobbed every time he’s spotted out in public.

Those three, along with the 10 other WorldTour-level Colombians here, were called onto stage together for a photo opportunity and a rendition of the national anthem. Footballers are often scrutinised for how heartily they sing their anthems, but in this case Nairo Quintana would have nothing to worry about.

The teams were then called up onto the stage one-by-one to be introduced to the crowds. The storm clouds loomed and the presenters rushed through the Pro Continental teams, but the rain came pelting down just as Movistar, the first of the WorldTour teams, hit the stage. The crowds in the stands and the middle of the stadium cleared out in a frenzied instant – a somewhat anticlimactic end to the show.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a selection of photos from the event.