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Giro d'Italia teams presented in Israel - Gallery

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Pink balloons unleashed at the 2018 Giro d'Italia presentation

Pink balloons unleashed at the 2018 Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation in Israel

The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation in Israel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Trofeo Senza Fine is brought on stage

The Trofeo Senza Fine is brought on stage (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Giro d'Italia presentation

The 2018 Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Jerusalem prepares for the Giro d'Italia

Jerusalem prepares for the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Giro d'Italia presentation

The 2018 Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Getty Images)
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EF Drapac at the 2018 Giro d'Italia presentation

EF Drapac at the 2018 Giro d'Italia presentation (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Israel Cycling Academy at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Israel Cycling Academy at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Movistar at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Movistar at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) before the start of the Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) before the start of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Androni Giocattoli presented

Androni Giocattoli presented (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Chris Froome rides onto the stage

Chris Froome rides onto the stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tom Dumoulin greets the crowd

Tom Dumoulin greets the crowd (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Chris Froome greets the crowd

Chris Froome greets the crowd (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Esteban Chaves at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Esteban Chaves at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation in Israel

The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation in Israel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Israel Cycling Academy presented at the 2018 Giro d'Italia

Israel Cycling Academy presented at the 2018 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation in Israel

The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation in Israel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Katusha-Alpecin ride in to the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Katusha-Alpecin ride in to the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

The 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky ride in to the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Team Sky ride in to the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Movistar ride to the stage at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Movistar ride to the stage at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Chris Froome at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

Chris Froome at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo) at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation

George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo) at the 2018 Giro d'Italia team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Giro d'Italia trophy is brought in

The Giro d'Italia trophy is brought in (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The 22 teams and 176 riders of the 2018 Giro d'Italia were given an enthusiastic welcome by the crowd at the presentation in Jerusalem's Safra Square on Thursday as the Italian Grand Tour prepares to start for the first time outside of Europe.

The 101st edition of the race begins with a 9.7km time trial in Jerusalem, followed by two mass-start stages before a rest day during which the riders and their gear will head to Sicily for stage 4.

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), is a favourite for the opening stage as the reigning time trial world champion and defending champion in the Giro d'Italia, but is up against a strong field and a twisting, technical, punchy course.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) greeted the fans as he rode onto the stage from the infinity symbol-shaped ramp. He also starts as a favourite after winning last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a España, but his bid to become only the third rider in history to simultaneously hold all three Grand Tour titles has been clouded by a too-high test for his asthma drug salbutamol last year. He stands to lose his results should he be found in violation of the anti-doping rules.

Friday's time trial starts at 13:50 local time, with Fabio Sabatini (Quick-Step Floors) the first rider off.