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Gallery: Vuelta a España presents teams and riders ahead of the 2015 race

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Etixx-Quick Step team presented

Etixx-Quick Step team presented (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Katusha are presented to the crowd

Team Katusha are presented to the crowd (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Europcar might be racing its last grand tour for a while

Team Europcar might be racing its last grand tour for a while (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 Colombia team

The Colombia team (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Caja Rural are a wild card invitation

Caja Rural are a wild card invitation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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IAM Cycling at the Vuelta

IAM Cycling at the Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lampre-Merida on stage

Lampre-Merida on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Dutch champion Niki Terpstra with his Etixx-Quick Step teammates

Dutch champion Niki Terpstra with his Etixx-Quick Step teammates (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Samuel Sánchez (BMC)

Samuel Sánchez (BMC) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lotto Soudal and BMC riders check their phones back stage

Lotto Soudal and BMC riders check their phones back stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The team everyone wanted to see, Movistar with Valverde and Quintana

The team everyone wanted to see, Movistar with Valverde and Quintana (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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It was a beautiful summer evening in Marbella

It was a beautiful summer evening in Marbella (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-Quick Step presented on stage

Etixx-Quick Step presented on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giant-Alpecin

Giant-Alpecin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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There wasn't big numbers for the team presentation

There wasn't big numbers for the team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cofidis on stage

Cofidis on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lotto-Soudal are presented

Lotto-Soudal are presented (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky was a crowd favourite

Team Sky was a crowd favourite (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team LottoNL-Jumbo at the presentation

Team LottoNL-Jumbo at the presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mikel Landa (Astan)

Mikel Landa (Astan) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) is making his return to the Vuelta

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) is making his return to the Vuelta (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) still sporting the scars of his Giro crash

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) still sporting the scars of his Giro crash (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabio Aru and Paolo Tiralongo (Astana)

Fabio Aru and Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The IAM Cycling riders get ready to come on stage

The IAM Cycling riders get ready to come on stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali plays around with a selfie stick

Vincenzo Nibali plays around with a selfie stick (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tinkoff-Saxo team presented at la Vuelta

Tinkoff-Saxo team presented at la Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC Racing will be riding in support of Tejay van Garderen

BMC Racing will be riding in support of Tejay van Garderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC Racing squad presented before la Vuelta

BMC Racing squad presented before la Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Lotto Soudal nine riders for la Vuelta

Team Lotto Soudal nine riders for la Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team FDJ

Team FDJ (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trek Factory Racing at the presentation in Benahavis, Spain

Trek Factory Racing at the presentation in Benahavis, Spain (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Astana's squad for la Vuelta

Astana's squad for la Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Astana will have three GC contenders between Nibali, Aru, and Landa

Astana will have three GC contenders between Nibali, Aru, and Landa (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale-Garmin nine-man squad

Cannondale-Garmin nine-man squad (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Talansky and Dan Martin will lead Cannondale-Garmin

Talansky and Dan Martin will lead Cannondale-Garmin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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MTN-Qhubeka looking to add to their success in France

MTN-Qhubeka looking to add to their success in France (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Spanish singer Edurne, entertains the crowd at la Vuelta team presentation

Spanish singer Edurne, entertains the crowd at la Vuelta team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory) relaxes prior to the grand depart

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory) relaxes prior to the grand depart (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vincenzo Nibali will be one of three possible leaders for Astana

Vincenzo Nibali will be one of three possible leaders for Astana (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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AG2R La Mondiale at the team presentation

AG2R La Mondiale at the team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

The 2015 Vuelta a España team presentation was held on a balmy night in Benahavís before the contentious team time trial kicks off the Spanish grand tour on Saturday with all 22 teams in appearance.

The riders looked relaxed as they chatted with friends on rival teams and snapping selfies before going on stage with fans snapping pictures and trying to get autographs.

Movistar, with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, was a crowd favourite with the team leaders of Spain's WorldTour team favourites for overall victory.

Team Sky with Tour de France champion Chris Froome also received cheers from the crowd as last year's runner up is looking to join Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault as the only riders to achieve the Tour-Vuelta double.

Astana with its general classification triumvirate of Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa looked relaxed on and off stage.

Despite the recent bad press concerning a doping positive and drunken behaviour, Katusha was welcomed by the crowd due to the presence of Joaquim 'Purito' Rodríguez who is looking for a podium finish in three weeks time.

Have a look through the gallery before the Vuelta gets underway with a beachside 7.4km team time trial Saturday

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