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Gallery: Cancellara, Hushovd and Phinney star at the Tour of Poland

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Thor Hushovd in his Norwegian champion's jersey

Thor Hushovd in his Norwegian champion's jersey
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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The Argos-Shimano team

The Argos-Shimano team
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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The Garmin-Sharp team includes Thomas Dekker

The Garmin-Sharp team includes Thomas Dekker
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Radioshack-Leopard

Radioshack-Leopard
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Ivan Basso (Cannondale) returns after his difficult spring caused by a saddle sore

Ivan Basso (Cannondale) returns after his difficult spring caused by a saddle sore
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) is back in action

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) is back in action
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The Colombian climbers will be looking for success in the Dolomites

The Colombian climbers will be looking for success in the Dolomites
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Sylvester Szmyd and Giovanni Visconti lead Movistar

Sylvester Szmyd and Giovanni Visconti lead Movistar
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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The Astana team were missing several riders on stage but has Nibali as team leader

The Astana team were missing several riders on stage but has Nibali as team leader
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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NetApp-Endura on stage

NetApp-Endura on stage
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The Polish CCC team waves to the crowd

The Polish CCC team waves to the crowd
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The Vacansoleil-DCM line-up

The Vacansoleil-DCM line-up
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Race director and former pro rider Czeslaw Lang

Race director and former pro rider Czeslaw Lang
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The Lotto Belisol team

The Lotto Belisol team
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The Lampre-Merida line-up includes Michele Scarponi

The Lampre-Merida line-up includes Michele Scarponi
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi

Euskaltel-Euskadi
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Ivan Basso (Cannondale)

Ivan Basso (Cannondale)
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Team Sky on stage without Bradley Wiggins

Team Sky on stage without Bradley Wiggins
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Italian national champion Ivan Santaromita

Italian national champion Ivan Santaromita
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Taylor Phinney is in the BMC team

Taylor Phinney is in the BMC team
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The Belkin team show of their new colours

The Belkin team show of their new colours
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The Cannondale team

The Cannondale team
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Domenico Pozzovivo leads the Ag2r-La Mondiale team

Domenico Pozzovivo leads the Ag2r-La Mondiale team
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The Katusha team

The Katusha team
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The Colombian riders seem excited to be riding a WorldTour race

The Colombian riders seem excited to be riding a WorldTour race
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Saxo-Tiknoff

Saxo-Tiknoff
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Omega Pharma-Quick Step on stage

Omega Pharma-Quick Step on stage
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The 23 teams that will compete in the 70th edition of the Tour de Pologne attended the official presentation on Friday evening, as Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard) all began the second half of their season with the weeklong WorldTour race.

This year's Tour of Poland begins in Italy, with two mountain stages in the Dolomites before transferring north to Poland on Monday for the final five stages. The race ends on August 3 with a 37km time trial to Krakow.

Nibali and Wiggins face each other for the first time since the Giro d'Italia but the Tour of Poland is the first race for both riders and their form remains a mystery. Both were also absent from the team presentation due to arriving late in Rovereto. However Team Sky can also count on Rigoberto Uran and has Ben Swift for the two expected sprint stages.

Other big names in action at the Tour of Poland include Ivan Basso (Cannondale), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida), Giovanni Visconti, Sylvester Szmyd (Movistar), Thor Hushovd, Taylor Phinney, Marco Pinotti and new Italian national champion Ivan Santaromita (BMC). Thomas Dekker and Johan Vansummeren stand out in the Garmin-Sharp line-up.