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Gallery: Liège-Bastogne-Liège team presentation

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Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

Arthur Vichot (FDJ)
(Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Colombians Nairo Quintana and Esteban Chaves

Colombians Nairo Quintana and Esteban Chaves
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Defending champion Simon Gerrans

Defending champion Simon Gerrans
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A focussed looking Joaquim Rodríguez

A focussed looking Joaquim Rodríguez
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Zdenek Stybar comes back to racing after a short break

Zdenek Stybar comes back to racing after a short break
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Michal Kwiatkowski is one of the pre-race favourites

Michal Kwiatkowski is one of the pre-race favourites
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Dan Martin will ride Liege despite his crash on Wednesday

Dan Martin will ride Liege despite his crash on Wednesday
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Alex Howes chills out

Alex Howes chills out
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Jakob Fuglsang at the team presentation

Jakob Fuglsang at the team presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali jokes with a journalist

Vincenzo Nibali jokes with a journalist
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Nairo Quintana relaxes before the presentation

Nairo Quintana relaxes before the presentation
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Giovanni Visconti makes his way to the tent

Giovanni Visconti makes his way to the tent
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Philippe Gilbert talks to the media

Philippe Gilbert talks to the media
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Tejay van Garderen takes some time to himself before getting on stage

Tejay van Garderen takes some time to himself before getting on stage
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Tony Gallopin will lead Lotto-Soudal's hopes

Tony Gallopin will lead Lotto-Soudal's hopes
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Alejandro Valverde has had a great Ardennes campaign so far

Alejandro Valverde has had a great Ardennes campaign so far
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Rory Sutherland, Simon Clarke and Giovanni Visconti talk

Rory Sutherland, Simon Clarke and Giovanni Visconti talk
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Diego Ulissi has been back in action at the Ardennes

Diego Ulissi has been back in action at the Ardennes
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Louis Meintjes made the trip from the Giro del Trentino

Louis Meintjes made the trip from the Giro del Trentino
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Enrico Gasparotto finished third here in 2012

Enrico Gasparotto finished third here in 2012
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Domenico Pozzovivo was in demand at the presentation

Domenico Pozzovivo was in demand at the presentation
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The Giant-Alpecin team wait to go on stage

The Giant-Alpecin team wait to go on stage
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The IAM cycling team

The IAM cycling team
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Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling)

Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling)
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Some elder Italian fans have made the trip to Liege

Some elder Italian fans have made the trip to Liege
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Moreno Hoffland (LottoNL-Jumbo)

Moreno Hoffland (LottoNL-Jumbo)
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Bauke Mollema is looking for a strong result on Sunday

Bauke Mollema is looking for a strong result on Sunday
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Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)

Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)
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Kanstantsin Siutsou doesn't look like he's enjoying the weather

Kanstantsin Siutsou doesn't look like he's enjoying the weather
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Sergio Henao returns to Liege-Bastogne-Liege after missing it last year

Sergio Henao returns to Liege-Bastogne-Liege after missing it last year
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Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Rui Costa will be one of the team leaders for Lampre-Merida

Rui Costa will be one of the team leaders for Lampre-Merida
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Dani Moreno is an outside bet for Sunday

Dani Moreno is an outside bet for Sunday
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After a grey and wet morning in Liège, the rain abated and blue sky began to emerge through the clouds as the riders began to arrive for the team presentation of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In the auspicious surroundings of the Palais Provincial, the 25 teams were presented to a packed house. Fans lined the barriers that surrounded the entrance of the presentation tent, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite riders.

Race favourites Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) were swarmed as they made their way to the cobbled courtyard of the Palais. But it was home rider Philippe Gilbert (BMC) that was greeted with the biggest cheer of the day. His participation was still in doubt, and reporters crowded around the team’s two mini-vans waiting to see if he was coming out and what he might say.

Gilbert explained that he is still feeling the pain of his crash at Flèche Wallonne but will ride this Sunday. “I have to start and try, because it is one of my biggest goals of the season and out of respect of the work of the team I have to do my best,” he said.

Also present were former champion Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin), defending champion Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

The race will begin at 10:15 local time on Sunday morning, and you can follow the whole event live on Cyclingnews.

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