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Gallery: Liege-Bastogne-Liege teams presentation

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Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)
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RadioShack Leopard general manager Luca Guercilena

RadioShack Leopard general manager Luca Guercilena
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Davide Cimolai (Lampre - Merida)

Davide Cimolai (Lampre - Merida)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R - La Mondiale) has a number of results so far this year

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R - La Mondiale) has a number of results so far this year
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Simone Ponzi and Andriy Grivko (Astana)

Simone Ponzi and Andriy Grivko (Astana)
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Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R - La Mondiale)

Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R - La Mondiale)
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Damiano Cunego (Lampre) has not been in top form during the Ardennes

Damiano Cunego (Lampre) has not been in top form during the Ardennes
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Team Sky's Richie Porte

Team Sky's Richie Porte
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Blanco arrive in Liege with a strong team

Blanco arrive in Liege with a strong team
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The Lampre - Merida team

The Lampre - Merida team
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Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo Bank Tinkoff) arrives in Liege

Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo Bank Tinkoff) arrives in Liege
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Team Saxo Bank Tinkoff are presented to the crowd

Team Saxo Bank Tinkoff are presented to the crowd
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) has had a strong start to the seaon

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) has had a strong start to the seaon
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) will most likely ride for Alejandro Valverde

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) will most likely ride for Alejandro Valverde
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is a strong favourite after his Trentino win

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is a strong favourite after his Trentino win
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RadioShack - Leopard

RadioShack - Leopard
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Marco Marzano and Maurizio Piovani (Lampre - Merida)

Marco Marzano and Maurizio Piovani (Lampre - Merida)
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Katusha will be led by Rodriguez and Moreno

Katusha will be led by Rodriguez and Moreno
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Matteo Montaguti (AG2R - La Mondiale)

Matteo Montaguti (AG2R - La Mondiale)
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Maxim Iglinsky (Astana)

Maxim Iglinsky (Astana)
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale)

Moreno Moser (Cannondale)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) greets the media

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) greets the media
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Tinkoff)

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Tinkoff)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale)

Moreno Moser (Cannondale)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
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With no Sagan Cannondale will look to Moser for a result

With no Sagan Cannondale will look to Moser for a result
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Former Amstel Gold winner Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)

Former Amstel Gold winner Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Tinkoff)

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Tinkoff)
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The Movistar squad wait to be called onto the stage

The Movistar squad wait to be called onto the stage
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Michele Scarponi will lead the Lampre team

Michele Scarponi will lead the Lampre team
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is a strong favourite after his Trentino win

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is a strong favourite after his Trentino win
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On Saturday the Palais Provincial in Liege became the central point of the cycling world with some of the best riders in the world arriving for the teams' presentation of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodriguez, Ryder Hesjedal and last year's winner Maxim Iglinskiy all took part in the festivities but with less than 24 hours to go until the start of the final Classic of the spring, the excitement was already rising.

For many teams Liege-Bastogne-Liege represents a last chance saloon for their Classics aspirations. Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Sky and BMC all have a point to prove after missing out on a major Classics win, while Belgium has had a disappointing campaign all-round with their two brightest stars in Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert coming up short.

The latter has one more chance to break his 2013 duck but just like in Fleche Wallonne earlier in the week the world champion will be a marked man.

With a predictively significant course change inside the final third of the race and no single clear favourite for the race, Liege-Bastogne-Liege could be the most open Classic of the season so far.