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Gallery: Le Tour de Langkawi team presentation

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Welcome to the 2012 and seventeenth edition of the Tour de Langkawi from Malaysia.

Welcome to the 2012 and seventeenth edition of the Tour de Langkawi from Malaysia.
(Image credit: Shane Goss)
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The Astana team at the presentations in Kuala Lumpur.

The Astana team at the presentations in Kuala Lumpur.
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The New Zealand National team are a long way from home but hoping to show something on the roads of Malaysia.

The New Zealand National team are a long way from home but hoping to show something on the roads of Malaysia.
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The Azad University Cross team.

The Azad University Cross team.
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Australian outfit Drapac Cycling have returned for another assault on the tour here in Malaysia.

Australian outfit Drapac Cycling have returned for another assault on the tour here in Malaysia.
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The MAX Success Sports team.

The MAX Success Sports team.
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South African team MTN Qhubeka.

South African team MTN Qhubeka.
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The OCBC Singapore squad in Kuala Lumpur.

The OCBC Singapore squad in Kuala Lumpur.
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RTS Racing team at the presentations in Kuala Lumpur.

RTS Racing team at the presentations in Kuala Lumpur.
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Seoul Cycling are back for the Tour de Langkawi.

Seoul Cycling are back for the Tour de Langkawi.
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Tabriz Petrochemical are consistent performers on the Asian circuit.

Tabriz Petrochemical are consistent performers on the Asian circuit.
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The Terengganu Cycling team are a popular one with the punters here in Malaysia.

The Terengganu Cycling team are a popular one with the punters here in Malaysia.
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The Indonesian National team.

The Indonesian National team.
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The Malaysian National team are obvious favourites among fans here.

The Malaysian National team are obvious favourites among fans here.
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The Aisan Racing Team back in Malaysia for the Tour de Langkawi.

The Aisan Racing Team back in Malaysia for the Tour de Langkawi.
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The American-registered team of UnitedHealthcare.

The American-registered team of UnitedHealthcare.
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Team Europcar with former race winner Anthony Charteau (second from the left).

Team Europcar with former race winner Anthony Charteau (second from the left).
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Mmm...there are a few big heads at this year's Tour de Langkawi!

Mmm...there are a few big heads at this year's Tour de Langkawi!
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The Astana team at the presentations in Kuala Lumpur.

The Astana team at the presentations in Kuala Lumpur.
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The team from Garmin Barracuda in Kuala Lumpur for the team's presentaions featuring former race winner, Tom Danielson, second from the right.

The team from Garmin Barracuda in Kuala Lumpur for the team's presentaions featuring former race winner, Tom Danielson, second from the right.
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The team of Androni Giocattoli are proven specialists here having won the race three out of the last four years.

The team of Androni Giocattoli are proven specialists here having won the race three out of the last four years.
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The Champion System outfit at the presentations in Kuala Lumpur.

The Champion System outfit at the presentations in Kuala Lumpur.
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The Colnago CSF Inox team in Kuala Lumpur.

The Colnago CSF Inox team in Kuala Lumpur.
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The Farnese Vini team including Andrea Guardini (third from left) who won five stages of this race last year.

The Farnese Vini team including Andrea Guardini (third from left) who won five stages of this race last year.
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Mmm...there are a few big heads at this year's Tour de Langkawi!

Mmm...there are a few big heads at this year's Tour de Langkawi!
(Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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Welcome to the 2012 and seventeenth edition of the Tour de Langkawi from Malaysia.

Welcome to the 2012 and seventeenth edition of the Tour de Langkawi from Malaysia.
(Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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The team from Garmin Barracuda in Kuala Lumpur for the team's presentation featuring former race winner, Tom Danielson, second from the right.

The team from Garmin Barracuda in Kuala Lumpur for the team's presentation featuring former race winner, Tom Danielson, second from the right.
(Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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The team of Androni Giocattoli are proven specialists here having won the race three out of the last four years.

The team of Androni Giocattoli are proven specialists here having won the race three out of the last four years.
(Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)

A polite crowd cheered the 132 riders set to take on the Le Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia at the race's team presentation on the eve of the 2012 event.

Under police escort, the race caravan left the event hotel base with the riders being dropped around five kilometres from the presentation area and the public had the opportunity to join the pro peloton. Once on stage, it was the Asian teams who had the crowd's attention, with Garmin-Barracuda also quite popular.

The 10-stage race, in oppressive humidity, is notable this season not only for the first outing of the sometime-retired Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) who returns to the event 15 years after his debut but also that of China's first ProContinental outfit Champion System. In another Asian first, Singapore's first continental team, OCBC Singapore also make their debut.

In total five former winners will be on the start line on Friday for the opening individual time trial, to be raced over 20.3 kilometres around the administrative capital of Putrajaya - Tom Danielson (2003), Fredy Gonzalez (2004), Anthony Charteau (2007), Jose Serpa (2009), Jose Rujano, (2010) and Jonathan Monsalve (2011).