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Gallery: Official team presentation for the 2015 Giro d'Italia

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Bardiani-CSF walk the pink carpet at the Giro d'Italia presentation

Bardiani-CSF walk the pink carpet at the Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep) signs autographs on the pink carpet

Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep) signs autographs on the pink carpet (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nippo - Vini Fantini on the pink carpet

Nippo - Vini Fantini on the pink carpet (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Movistar enter the Giro d'Italia team presentation

Movistar enter the Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tinkoff-Saxo on the pink carpet

Tinkoff-Saxo on the pink carpet (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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 Lotto Soudal

Lotto Soudal (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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CCC Sprandi Polkowice

CCC Sprandi Polkowice (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky) walks the stairs to the Giro d'Italia presentation

Richie Porte (Team Sky) walks the stairs to the Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lampre-Merida

Lampre-Merida (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Giro d'Italia trophy is presented

The Giro d'Italia trophy is presented (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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LottoNL-Jumbo

LottoNL-Jumbo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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LottoNL-Jumbo

LottoNL-Jumbo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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IAM Cycling

IAM Cycling (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giant-Alpecin

Giant-Alpecin (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Contador waves to the crowds

Contador waves to the crowds (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Esteban Chaves (Orica - GreenEdge)

Esteban Chaves (Orica - GreenEdge) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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CCC Sprandi Polkowice

CCC Sprandi Polkowice (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bardiani-CSF

Bardiani-CSF (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep)

Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Androni-Giocattoli

Androni-Giocattoli (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha)

Luca Paolini (Katusha) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabio Aru (Astana)

Fabio Aru (Astana) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin)

Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Fabio Aru (Astana)

Fabio Aru (Astana) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida)

Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky)

Richie Porte (Team Sky) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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BMC Racing Team

BMC Racing Team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

Elia Viviani (Team Sky) (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Movistar on the stage

Movistar on the stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep

Etixx-QuickStep (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep on the Giro d'Italia presentation stage

Etixx-QuickStep on the Giro d'Italia presentation stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ag2r-La Mondaile at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Ag2r-La Mondaile at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale

Ag2r-La Mondiale (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale-Garmin

Cannondale-Garmin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin)

Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky

Team Sky (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky) interviewed on stage

Richie Porte (Team Sky) interviewed on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky on stage with pink lighting

Team Sky on stage with pink lighting (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky)

Richie Porte (Team Sky) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep on the presentation stage

Etixx-QuickStep on the presentation stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep

Etixx-QuickStep (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation Lotto-Soudal

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation Lotto-Soudal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lotto-Soudal at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Lotto-Soudal at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lotto-Soudal on stage

Lotto-Soudal on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation Team Katusha

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation Team Katusha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Katusha presented at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Team Katusha presented at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Katusha

Team Katusha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC Racing Team at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

BMC Racing Team at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Astana at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Astana at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep's Tom Boonen will make a debut at the Giro this year

Etixx-QuickStep's Tom Boonen will make a debut at the Giro this year (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Orica-GreenEdge on stage

Orica-GreenEdge on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation conlcudes

The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation conlcudes (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The official team presentation for the 2015 Giro d'Italia

The official team presentation for the 2015 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Opening show for the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Opening show for the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The jerseys for the 2015 Giro d'Italia

The jerseys for the 2015 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation and the classification jerseys

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation and the classification jerseys (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation Trek Factory Racing

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation Trek Factory Racing (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trek Factory Racing on stage at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Trek Factory Racing on stage at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC Racing Team at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation

BMC Racing Team at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation comes to a close

The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation comes to a close (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation

The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation

The 2015 Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tinkoff-Saxo will support Alberto Contador

Tinkoff-Saxo will support Alberto Contador (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tinkoff-Saxo on stage at the Giro d'Italia presentation

Tinkoff-Saxo on stage at the Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tinkoff-Saxois ready to start the Giro d'Italia tomorrow

Tinkoff-Saxois ready to start the Giro d'Italia tomorrow (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The madrina del Giro d'Italia, Cristina Chiabotto

The madrina del Giro d'Italia, Cristina Chiabotto (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cristina Chiabotto presents the Giro d'Italia trophy

Cristina Chiabotto presents the Giro d'Italia trophy (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cristina Chiabotto on stage with the Giro d'Italia trophy at the team presentation

Cristina Chiabotto on stage with the Giro d'Italia trophy at the team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cristina Chiabotto on stage with the Giro d'Italia trophy

Cristina Chiabotto on stage with the Giro d'Italia trophy (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The trophy is presented at the Giro d'Italia presentation

The trophy is presented at the Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Giro d'Italia trophy

The Giro d'Italia trophy (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation and BMC Racing Team

2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation and BMC Racing Team (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

The countdown to the Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia is almost over, with Friday’s official team presentation in the San Remo casino the last official act before the start of the team time trial stage on Saturday afternoon.

The 22 teams in this year’s Giro d’Italia, were all given a warm welcome by the crowds outside the casino before entering on a pink carpet, with some riders stopping to sign autographs and take selfies. Inside they were called on stage rider by rider, with the announcers calling their names and highlighting their career victories. Each team leader was given one of the official race wolf Giro d’Italia mascots and a round of applause from the packed theatre room next to the slot machines and tables of the casino.

Cyclingnews was given access behind the scenes of the presentation and was able to talk to the riders in the green room after they posed for official photos and spoke to the television channels that will broadcast the race. Riders said hello to some of their friends and rivals in the peloton before beginning the three weeks of intense racing.

Heinrich Haussler stood out amongst his IAM Cycling teammates thanks to his green and gold Australian national champion’s jersey. He revealed he became a father to twins during the Classics and will be targeting stage victories during the Giro d’Italia.

Richie Porte (Team Sky) was relaxed before going on stage, happy to be about to finally start racing. Porte and Team Sky are looking forward to Saturday’s opening team time trial.

“I’ve been looking forward to the Giro d’Italia since the end of last season. To come here in good health and good condition means I’m ready for a good battle,” he told Cyclingnews. “I don’t think it’s going to be won or lost in the TTT but it’s an opportunity with the team we have here to take a little time on other GC guys. Like any TTT it’ll be nervous and let's hope we get a good run at it.”

Alberto Contador and his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates were the last on stage and the Spaniard got a huge cheer as he begins his attempt to win a Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double. With six Grand Tours already on his palmares, Contador is the favourite for this year’s corsa rosa, even if he denied it in an exclusive interview video interview with Cyclingnews.

Cyclingnews will have full live coverage, reports, photo galleries and interviews from Saturday’s opening team time trial stage.