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Gallery: Giro d'Italia teams introduced in Naples

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Christian Vande Velde flies the US flag up onto the Giro presentation stage

Christian Vande Velde flies the US flag up onto the Giro presentation stage (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Returning champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp)

Returning champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Friends Mark Cavendish and Paul Smith have a chat

Friends Mark Cavendish and Paul Smith have a chat (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Wiggins follows team-mate and domestique Kanstantsin Siutsou, a familiar order through the upcoming race?

Wiggins follows team-mate and domestique Kanstantsin Siutsou, a familiar order through the upcoming race? (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Media duties done for now, defending maglia rosa Ryder Hesjedal makes his way to the presentation area

Media duties done for now, defending maglia rosa Ryder Hesjedal makes his way to the presentation area (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins rolls out into the piazza to be presented

Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins rolls out into the piazza to be presented (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The Astana squad roll on Aero Corima Aero+ MCC wheels

The Astana squad roll on Aero Corima Aero+ MCC wheels (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The full build of Nibali’s bike

The full build of Nibali’s bike (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Specialized went to town on Vincenzo Nibali’s Tarmac SL4, giving his frame a one-off paint job. Nibali gets a shark motif a reference to his nickname

Specialized went to town on Vincenzo Nibali’s Tarmac SL4, giving his frame a one-off paint job. Nibali gets a shark motif a reference to his nickname (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The Vini Fantini-Selle Italia squad rocked the flouro look - their saddles were certainly eye-catching

The Vini Fantini-Selle Italia squad rocked the flouro look - their saddles were certainly eye-catching (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) stands tall before being presented to the fans

Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) stands tall before being presented to the fans (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Wearing the bands of former Australian national champion Jack Bobridge, will be riding his second Giro last year he pulled out on the penultimate day to safeguard his Olympic ambitions

Wearing the bands of former Australian national champion Jack Bobridge, will be riding his second Giro last year he pulled out on the penultimate day to safeguard his Olympic ambitions (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Movistar’s Alex Dowsett’s looking relaxed on the eve of his first grand tour

Movistar’s Alex Dowsett’s looking relaxed on the eve of his first grand tour (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel Euskadi’s leader was running Osymetric chain rings

Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel Euskadi’s leader was running Osymetric chain rings (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Paul Smith was along for the ride to see his jersey designs be unveiled Hesjedal was the first to wear one onto the podium as this year’s defending champion

Paul Smith was along for the ride to see his jersey designs be unveiled Hesjedal was the first to wear one onto the podium as this year’s defending champion (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Franco Pellizotti, the Italian national champion stops for a word after being introduced to the crowds

Franco Pellizotti, the Italian national champion stops for a word after being introduced to the crowds (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali is the home nation’s favourite for the win this year and was a man in demand with the press

Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali is the home nation’s favourite for the win this year and was a man in demand with the press (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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While they waited to be called on stage Euskaltel Euskadi parked up and took shelter from the heat

While they waited to be called on stage Euskaltel Euskadi parked up and took shelter from the heat (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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FDJ’s Nacer Bouhanni is French national champion tomorrow is could be a contender in the sprint stage finish tomorrow

FDJ’s Nacer Bouhanni is French national champion tomorrow is could be a contender in the sprint stage finish tomorrow (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Fi’zi:k recently announced it was releasing its top range saddles such as the Arione R3 and Antares in colours of the nine pro teams the company are sponsoring this here’s the Androni-Giocattoli edition year

Fi’zi:k recently announced it was releasing its top range saddles such as the Arione R3 and Antares in colours of the nine pro teams the company are sponsoring this here’s the Androni-Giocattoli edition year (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The wheels on Stefano Garzelli, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia’s leader at the Giro are Ursus 12k carbon Miura T45 tubulars ready for the fast flat stage 1 starting and finishing in Naples tomorrow

The wheels on Stefano Garzelli, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia’s leader at the Giro are Ursus 12k carbon Miura T45 tubulars ready for the fast flat stage 1 starting and finishing in Naples tomorrow (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The Giro d’Italia’s mascot, Girbecco - a mountain goat - was out to whip up the crowds with his antics before the riders appeared on the stage in Naples

The Giro d’Italia’s mascot, Girbecco - a mountain goat - was out to whip up the crowds with his antics before the riders appeared on the stage in Naples (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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The Astana team with Vincenzo Nibali is presented in Naples

The Astana team with Vincenzo Nibali is presented in Naples (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sir Paul Smith wanted a photo with Mark Cavendish

Sir Paul Smith wanted a photo with Mark Cavendish (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Astana's bikes are ready to carry the team into the Giro d'Italia

Astana's bikes are ready to carry the team into the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Argos Shimano team

The Argos Shimano team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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RadioShack-Leopard

RadioShack-Leopard (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Matthew Goss is ready to fight for the few sprint stages on offer in the Giro d'Italia

Matthew Goss is ready to fight for the few sprint stages on offer in the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Taylor Phinney (BMC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Androni Giocattoli team

The Androni Giocattoli team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Danilo Di Luca was a late addition to the Vini Fantini team

Danilo Di Luca was a late addition to the Vini Fantini team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessia Ventura presents the 2013 Giro d'Italia

Alessia Ventura presents the 2013 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Movistar team heads onto the stage

The Movistar team heads onto the stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marco Marcato carried in the Dutch flag for Vacansoleil

Marco Marcato carried in the Dutch flag for Vacansoleil (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Taylor Phinney (BMC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sacha Modolo brings the flag in for Bardiani

Sacha Modolo brings the flag in for Bardiani (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ryder Hesjedal introduced by Alessia Ventura and Michele Acquarone

Ryder Hesjedal introduced by Alessia Ventura and Michele Acquarone (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The jerseys of the 2013 Giro d'Italia teams

The jerseys of the 2013 Giro d'Italia teams (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Orica-GreenEdge team holds the Aussie flag high

The Orica-GreenEdge team holds the Aussie flag high (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Blanco team rolls up

The Blanco team rolls up (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Italian champion Franco Pellizotti happy to be back on the Giro d'Italia

Italian champion Franco Pellizotti happy to be back on the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) waves to the crowd

Cadel Evans (BMC) waves to the crowd (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) signs autographs

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) signs autographs (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The models made the team's jerseys look better than usual

The models made the team's jerseys look better than usual (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Orica-GreenEdge is presented

Orica-GreenEdge is presented (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Saxo -Tinkoff

Saxo -Tinkoff (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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John Degenkolb carries the Argos-Shimano Dutch flag

John Degenkolb carries the Argos-Shimano Dutch flag (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Colombia team

The Colombia team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Francesco Ventoso (Movistar) carried the Spanish flag for his team

Francesco Ventoso (Movistar) carried the Spanish flag for his team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The young Bardiani team

The young Bardiani team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ryder Hesjedal greets the crowds

Ryder Hesjedal greets the crowds (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ryder Hesjedal emerged with the maglia rosa

Ryder Hesjedal emerged with the maglia rosa (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins couldn't quite figure out how to carry the British flag properly

Bradley Wiggins couldn't quite figure out how to carry the British flag properly (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins does his best Sid Vicious impersonation

Bradley Wiggins does his best Sid Vicious impersonation (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Samuel Sanchez carries the Spanish flag for Euskaltel-Euskadi

Samuel Sanchez carries the Spanish flag for Euskaltel-Euskadi (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Taylor Phinney with the American flag for BMC

Taylor Phinney with the American flag for BMC (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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They must be fans of Canadian Ryder Hesjedal

They must be fans of Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi heads to the team presentation

Euskaltel-Euskadi heads to the team presentation (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The pink banners can be seen from afar on the waterfront in Naples

The pink banners can be seen from afar on the waterfront in Naples (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ryder Hesjedal sports his pink jersey as defending champion of the Giro d'Italia

Ryder Hesjedal sports his pink jersey as defending champion of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nacer Bouhanni carried the French flag for FDJ

Nacer Bouhanni carried the French flag for FDJ (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ryder Hesjedal and Garmin-Sharp presented in Naples for the 2013 Giro d'Italia

Ryder Hesjedal and Garmin-Sharp presented in Naples for the 2013 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali leads the Astana team onto the stage

Nibali leads the Astana team onto the stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky with Bradley Wiggins

Team Sky with Bradley Wiggins (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was ebullient on the stage

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was ebullient on the stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The BMC team presented in Naples

The BMC team presented in Naples (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Astana team gets lined up

The Astana team gets lined up (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha)

Luca Paolini (Katusha) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Vini Fantini heads to the stage

Vini Fantini heads to the stage (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The rosa carpet

The rosa carpet (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

The stunning Piazza del Plebiscito in the heart of Naples played host to today's Giro d'Italia team presentations, one day prior to the 130km opening stage in southern Italy.

Under brilliant blue skies, each of the 23 squads contesting the first Grand Tour of the year rode onto the stage flying the flag of their team's host country, with Italian wild card invite Vini Fantini-Selle Italia the first in line.

The introductions of the Giro's stars and domestiques continued for 90 minutes, concluding with the arrival of Garmin-Sharp and defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal, resplendent in the maglia rosa. The 32-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider made history last year as the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour and this year he's looking to become the first rider since Miguel Indurain (1992-1993) to win back to back Giros.

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