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Gallery: Tour de France press conferences

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Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)

Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)

Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)
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Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol)

Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol)

Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol)
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Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol)

Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol)
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Ted King and Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Ted King and Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) talks about his custom Cannondale paint job

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) talks about his custom Cannondale paint job
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Marc Madiot discusses FDJ's aims for the Tour de France

Marc Madiot discusses FDJ's aims for the Tour de France
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan's Cannondale is sporting a custom paint job of the Wolverine

Peter Sagan's Cannondale is sporting a custom paint job of the Wolverine
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) heads to the pre-Tour de France press conference

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) heads to the pre-Tour de France press conference
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Bjarne Riis (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Bjarne Riis (Tinkoff - Saxo)
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Bauke Mollema (Belkin)

Bauke Mollema (Belkin)
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A packed press room

A packed press room
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Niki Terpstra answering questions

Niki Terpstra answering questions
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Michał Kwiatkowski answering questions

Michał Kwiatkowski answering questions
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Mark Cavendish surrounded by microphones

Mark Cavendish surrounded by microphones
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Michał Kwiatkowski's turn to answer questions

Michał Kwiatkowski's turn to answer questions
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There were plenty of the camera's at the press conference

There were plenty of the camera's at the press conference
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Mark Cavendish answers a few questions

Mark Cavendish answers a few questions
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Mark Cavendish at the team press conference

Mark Cavendish at the team press conference
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The full nine-man Omega Pharma-Quick Step team

The full nine-man Omega Pharma-Quick Step team
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The view of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team press conference from the back of the room

The view of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team press conference from the back of the room
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Omega Pharma-Quick Step answering the press' questions

Omega Pharma-Quick Step answering the press' questions
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Mark Cavendish with his family

Mark Cavendish with his family
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Chris Froome

Chris Froome
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'What do you think Chris?'

'What do you think Chris?'
(Image credit: ASO/G. Demouveaux)
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Chris Froome (Sky) testing out the le Coq Sportif jersey

Chris Froome (Sky) testing out the le Coq Sportif jersey
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The young riders white jersey by le Coq Sportif

The young riders white jersey by le Coq Sportif
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The le Coq Sportif maillot jaune

The le Coq Sportif maillot jaune
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Bretagne-Séché Environnement wave its Britanny flag

Bretagne-Séché Environnement wave its Britanny flag
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Fabian Cancellara at the Trek team presentation

Fabian Cancellara at the Trek team presentation
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Richie Porte at the team presentation

Richie Porte at the team presentation
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Chris Froome answering the press' questions

Chris Froome answering the press' questions
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Chris Froome

Chris Froome
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Chris Froome and Sir Dave Brailsford

Chris Froome and Sir Dave Brailsford
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Sky's Pinarello's

Sky's Pinarello's
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Sky are on Fizik saddles

Sky are on Fizik saddles
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Mark Cavendish awaits a question from the press

Mark Cavendish awaits a question from the press
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Fränk Schleck in the Luxembourg national jersey

Fränk Schleck in the Luxembourg national jersey
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Sky's bikes ready for the mechanics

Sky's bikes ready for the mechanics
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A Sky Fizik saddle

A Sky Fizik saddle
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Jens Voigt (Trek)

Jens Voigt (Trek)
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Danny van Poppel (Trek)

Danny van Poppel (Trek)
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Andy Schleck (Trek)

Andy Schleck (Trek)
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Tejay van Garderen (BMC)

Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
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BMC boss Jim Ochowicz

BMC boss Jim Ochowicz
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Tejay van Garderen (BMC)

Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
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Brice Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement

Brice Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement
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Brice Feillu and Bretagne-Seche Environnement teammates

Brice Feillu and Bretagne-Seche Environnement teammates
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Tejay van Garderen at the pre-race press conference

Tejay van Garderen at the pre-race press conference
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek)

Fabian Cancellara (Trek)
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Frank Schlek and his Trek teammates

Frank Schlek and his Trek teammates
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The Tour de France press conference

The Tour de France press conference
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Arnaud Démare (FDJ) at the press conference

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) at the press conference
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

Arthur Vichot (FDJ)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek)

Fabian Cancellara (Trek)
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Fränk Schleck heads to the presser

Fränk Schleck heads to the presser
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Andy Schleck arrives for the press conference

Andy Schleck arrives for the press conference
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Fränk Schleck is the Luxembourg champion

Fränk Schleck is the Luxembourg champion
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Trek Factory Racing lines up for the press

Trek Factory Racing lines up for the press
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Andy and Fränk Schleck

Andy and Fränk Schleck
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BMC owner Andy Rihs

BMC owner Andy Rihs
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Pre-race team press conferences got under way two days ahead of the start of the 2014 Tour de France on Thursday. Teams like Trek Factory Racing, FDJ, BMC and Bretagne Schuller all presented their teams to the media.

The Tour will kick off on Saturday, July 5 with a road stage from Leeds to Harrogate. The race will stay in Great Britain for three days before heading to France.

At the Trek Factory Racing press conference, star rider Fabian Cancellara talked about the cobbled stage 5. "It's a special scenario when you have a cobbled stage in the Tour de France. It's good for me and I will, and we will, go for that," Cancellara said in his unique version of Swiss-English.

"When people ask if it's safe or not, I say that we're in the Tour de France and it's part of racing. This (stage) is a benefit for me. The Tour de France is not just about climbs and time trials, other aspects make the decision about what is the final result in Paris.

"It's risky but that's how it is. We'll fight for the best and do the best we can. We'll see what [Chris] Froome, [Vincenzo] Nibal and the others do, but for sure it's going to be tough."

Meanwhile his teammate Andy Schleck, who hasn't been on podiums as much in recent years, said, "I've still got a name, good capacity and good legs, even if I'm going into the Tour with low ambitions. My first objective is to help Fränk and Haimar and see how far I can go. I've got a good chance to go for a stage too. I'm realistic about what I can achieve but I believe I can do that. We'll see how the Tour goes."

At the BMC press conference, team leader Tejay van Garderen said, "Every year is different, 2012 was a special year, and I would be happy with a repeat of that. I’m not going to name what place on GC would make me happy. I just want to prove to myself and to the team just that I can stack up in three weeks of racing and that I am a Grand Tour rider. I want to explore the possibilities, do my best and see where I end up. If I say that I want to finish on the podium and I finish fourth place then that would be a disappointment, no I’m not going to say that."

While some riders are busy focusing on top finishes, other riders, like Jens Voigt, are just happy to be at the race. "To be honest, until two or three weeks ago I still wasn’t sure if I’d be in the Tour team because there were parts of this season where I couldn't perform the way I wanted to or how I expected to. So I rated my chances of starting as 40-60 against. So, I’m proud to be here and also honoured that Trek selected me," said Voigt.

Click here to check out the gallery of photos from today's press conferences and the team presentation as well.