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Gallery: 2014 Giro d'Italia teams' presentation

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Nacer Bouhanni and FDJ are presented to the Belfast crowd

Nacer Bouhanni and FDJ are presented to the Belfast crowd
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Trek Factory Racing

Trek Factory Racing
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Belkin

Belkin
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Team Europcar

Team Europcar
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Japanese national champion Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar)

Japanese national champion Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar)
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The iconic Giro d'Italia Senza Fine trophy

The iconic Giro d'Italia Senza Fine trophy
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Team Colombia on stage

Team Colombia on stage
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Sammy Sanchez and BMC

Sammy Sanchez and BMC
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Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Dutch champion Johnny Hoogerland (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela)

Dutch champion Johnny Hoogerland (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela)
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Michele Scarponi (Astana)

Michele Scarponi (Astana)
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Ivan Basso (Cannondale) waving to the Belfast crowd

Ivan Basso (Cannondale) waving to the Belfast crowd
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Katusha wave to the crowd

Katusha wave to the crowd
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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) rides on stage

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) rides on stage
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The Movistar team enters the presentation

The Movistar team enters the presentation
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Here comes the Orica-GreenEdge team

Here comes the Orica-GreenEdge team
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A young fan enjoys the team presentation

A young fan enjoys the team presentation
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Cadel Evans leads the BMC team on stage

Cadel Evans leads the BMC team on stage
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The crowds were huge for the team presentation

The crowds were huge for the team presentation
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The popular Luca Paolini (Katusha)

The popular Luca Paolini (Katusha)
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Tinkoff-Saxo at the team presentation

Tinkoff-Saxo at the team presentation
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Dan Martin shaks some young hands

Dan Martin shaks some young hands
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Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) gives a high five to the crowd

Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) gives a high five to the crowd
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Alessandro Petacch (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is the oldesst rider in this year's Giro d'Italia

Alessandro Petacch (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is the oldesst rider in this year's Giro d'Italia
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) rides on stage

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) rides on stage
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The umbrellas were out when Lampre-Merida was on stage

The umbrellas were out when Lampre-Merida was on stage
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Italian national champion Ivan Santaromita

Italian national champion Ivan Santaromita
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Giant-Shimano says hello

Giant-Shimano says hello
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) waves to the crowd

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) waves to the crowd
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Belfast was packed to see the team presentation

Belfast was packed to see the team presentation
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Uran rides past the huge crowd

Uran rides past the huge crowd
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) waves to the crowd

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) waves to the crowd
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Every pub in Belfast is celebrating the Giro d'Italia

Every pub in Belfast is celebrating the Giro d'Italia
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After some rain, the sun came out for the team presentation

After some rain, the sun came out for the team presentation
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Pink was everywhere at the team presentation

Pink was everywhere at the team presentation
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Belfast has been hit by an explosion of pink

Belfast has been hit by an explosion of pink
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Nicholas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) was also a big favourite with the crowd

Nicholas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) was also a big favourite with the crowd
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Dan Martin waves to the huge crowd

Dan Martin waves to the huge crowd
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Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) next to the Giro d'Italia winner's trophy

Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) next to the Giro d'Italia winner's trophy
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Overall favourite Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) with his special bike

Overall favourite Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) with his special bike
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Philip Deignan (Team Sky) got a big cheer

Philip Deignan (Team Sky) got a big cheer
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Dan Martin is one of three Irishmen at the Giro d'Italia

Dan Martin is one of three Irishmen at the Giro d'Italia
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Michele Scarponi is presented to the crowd

Michele Scarponi is presented to the crowd
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The Bardiani-CSF team head to the stage

The Bardiani-CSF team head to the stage
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Huge crowds turned out in the centre of Belfast on Thursday evening for the Giro d'Italia teams' presentation.

After a rain shower, the sun came out as the 198 riders paraded in front of the crowd and lined-up on stage.

As expected the three Irish riders in the race: Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), Philip Deignan (Team Sky) and Nicholas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) got the biggest cheers.

Race favourites Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) were also popular as Belfast celebrated hosting the Grand Partenza of the 2014 Giro d'Italia.

Other riders swapped high fives with the fans and posed for photographs as the hours counted down to the start of the Giro d'Italia.

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