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Gallery: Teams presented at Tour de Langkawi

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Peter Stetina (Garmin - Sharp)

Peter Stetina (Garmin - Sharp) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luke Durbridge relaxes before the teams are presented

Luke Durbridge relaxes before the teams are presented (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luke Durbridge (Orica- GreenEDGE)

Luke Durbridge (Orica- GreenEDGE) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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TheOrica- GreenEDGE team head to the teams' presentation in Langkawi

TheOrica- GreenEDGE team head to the teams' presentation in Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The MTN - Qhubeka team at the Tour de Langkawi

The MTN - Qhubeka team at the Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The OCBC Singapore team

The OCBC Singapore team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Astana have sent a competitive team to the Tour de Langkawi

Astana have sent a competitive team to the Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Orica - GreenEDGE riders relax in the afternoon sun

Orica - GreenEDGE riders relax in the afternoon sun (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Indonesia Cycling team

The Indonesia Cycling team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Four Nippo - De Rosa riders

Four Nippo - De Rosa riders (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Harrif Mohd Saleh (Teregganau Cycling Team), Theo Bos (Blanco), Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar)

Harrif Mohd Saleh (Teregganau Cycling Team), Theo Bos (Blanco), Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The OmegaPharma - QuickStep team

The OmegaPharma - QuickStep team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Terengganau Cycling team

Terengganau Cycling team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Harrif Mohd Saleh (Teregganau Cycling Team), Theo Bos (Blanco) , Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar)

Harrif Mohd Saleh (Teregganau Cycling Team), Theo Bos (Blanco) , Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Pierre Roland (Europcar) addresses the press

Pierre Roland (Europcar) addresses the press (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar)

Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Theo Bos (Blanco) and Andrea Guardini (Astana)

Theo Bos (Blanco) and Andrea Guardini (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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MTN - Qhubeka will make their first appearance at the race

MTN - Qhubeka will make their first appearance at the race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Pierree Rolland (Europcar)

Pierree Rolland (Europcar) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Guardini (Astana) will look to compete in the sprints at Langkawi in 2013

Andrea Guardini (Astana) will look to compete in the sprints at Langkawi in 2013 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Allan Davis (Orica-GreenEdge)

Allan Davis (Orica-GreenEdge) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The RTS - Racing Team

The RTS - Racing Team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The race presentation at the Tour de Langkawi

The race presentation at the Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The race presentation at the Tour de Langkawi

The race presentation at the Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Theo Bos (Blanco)

Theo Bos (Blanco) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Unitedhealtcare team

The Unitedhealtcare team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ruslan Tleubayev (Astana)

Ruslan Tleubayev (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Guardini (Astana)

Andrea Guardini (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Orica GreenEDGE will hope that Weening can show himself in the mountains

Orica GreenEDGE will hope that Weening can show himself in the mountains (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Carlos Ochoa (Androni Giocattoli)

Carlos Ochoa (Androni Giocattoli) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Merlo (Fantini Vini - Selle Italia)

Michele Merlo (Fantini Vini - Selle Italia) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Garmin-Sharp team have raced in the Tour of Langkawi since 2009

The Garmin-Sharp team have raced in the Tour of Langkawi since 2009 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Patrick Facchini (Androni Giocattoli)

Patrick Facchini (Androni Giocattoli) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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 Theo Bos and his Blanco teammates

Theo Bos and his Blanco teammates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Omar Bertazzo (Androni Giocattoli)

Omar Bertazzo (Androni Giocattoli) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Astana

Team Astana (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Garmin-Sharp team at the Tour de Langkawi

The Garmin-Sharp team at the Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Astana at the presentation for the 2013 Tour de Langkawi

Team Astana at the presentation for the 2013 Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The OmegaPharma - QuickStep squad in Langkawi

The OmegaPharma - QuickStep squad in Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Meron Russom (MTN - Qhubeka)

Meron Russom (MTN - Qhubeka) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Astana team take to the stage for the presentation

The Astana team take to the stage for the presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Pierre Rolland (Europcar) is a potential winner at the race

Pierre Rolland (Europcar) is a potential winner at the race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The MTN - Qhubeka team

The MTN - Qhubeka team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sergio Pardilla (MTN - Qhubeka)

Sergio Pardilla (MTN - Qhubeka) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Caleb Fairly and Peter Stetina

Caleb Fairly and Peter Stetina (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Graeme Brown (Blanco)

Graeme Brown (Blanco) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Graeme Brown (Blanco)

Graeme Brown (Blanco) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Guardini (Astana)

Andrea Guardini (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Europcar

Team Europcar (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Champion System Team

The Champion System Team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Androni Giocattoli have always done well at the Tour de Langkawi

Androni Giocattoli have always done well at the Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sprinter Theo Bos (Blanco)

Sprinter Theo Bos (Blanco) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The 18th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi begins in earnest on Thursday, but the teams’ presentation took centre stage in the 24 hours beforehand, with an array of WorldTour riders taking to the stage. The 10-day race, which includes two summit finishes to Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands, also promises sprinters with a number of opportunties.

With a host of world class sprinters representing an unprecedented five UCI ProTeams, along with eight UCI Professional Continental Teams in the field of 22 teams presented at Dataran Lang in Langkawi today offering what is touted as the strongest field to ever take the start line in the race.

Andrea Guardini – winner of 11 stages in the race - looks set to do battle with Blanco duo Theo Bos and Greame Brown but Andy Fenn is another stage potential winner.

"I am happy to be able to return to LTdL and especially to Langkawi, as this is the place where I collected my first win as a professional two years ago. I also want to register my first win for my new team here," said Guardini.

For a complete race preview, click here, and enjoy the team’s presentation pictures right here.