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Riders attend Liège–Bastogne–Liège team presentation

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Yet more interviews for Andy Schleck

Yet more interviews for Andy Schleck
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Big favourite Philippe Gilbert looks relaxed before the team presentation

Big favourite Philippe Gilbert looks relaxed before the team presentation
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The Belgian fans packed the marquee to see the teams on stage

The Belgian fans packed the marquee to see the teams on stage
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Leopard Trek got a huge cheer from the crowd

Leopard Trek got a huge cheer from the crowd
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Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo)

Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo)
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Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD)

Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD)
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Diego Ulissi and Damiano Cunego

Diego Ulissi and Damiano Cunego
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The RadioShack riders await their turn on stage

The RadioShack riders await their turn on stage
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Australia's Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) sign an autograph

Australia's Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) sign an autograph
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The HTC-Highroad team on stage at the presentation

The HTC-Highroad team on stage at the presentation
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) is hoping for a good day on Sunday after a difficult few weeks with illness

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) is hoping for a good day on Sunday after a difficult few weeks with illness
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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) arrived in Belgium on Saturday after riding the Giro del Trentino

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) arrived in Belgium on Saturday after riding the Giro del Trentino
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Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) will ride his last ever Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday

Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) will ride his last ever Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday
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Joaquim Rodriguez shows Oscar Freire his new mobile phone

Joaquim Rodriguez shows Oscar Freire his new mobile phone
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Alexsandr Kolobnev (Katusha) could be an outsider for victory

Alexsandr Kolobnev (Katusha) could be an outsider for victory
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Caleb Fairly, Tejay Van Garderen and Tony Martin of HTC-Highroad

Caleb Fairly, Tejay Van Garderen and Tony Martin of HTC-Highroad
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Ryder Hesjedal and Christian Vande Velde of Gamin-Cervelo

Ryder Hesjedal and Christian Vande Velde of Gamin-Cervelo
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The Liquigas-Cannondale riders

The Liquigas-Cannondale riders
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Andy Schleck signs another autograph

Andy Schleck signs another autograph
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The 199 riders set to ride Liege-Bastogne-Liege attended the official team presentation on Saturday afternoon in a packed marquee in the courtyard of the Palais des Princes-Eveques in central Liege.

The 25 teams are required to attend and climb on stage to be presented one by one to the crowd packed into the marquee. On the way in and the way out, the riders are mobbed by cycling fans, looking for an autograph, a photograph or even just he chance to see local hero Philippe Gilbert.

It is the last chance for the media to speak to riders and discover the final starting roster for the teams. Cyclingnews caught up with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) and Simon Gerrans (Team Sky). Like many riders, Hesjedal has been affected by the high pollen count in the air caused by the unusual warm weather and dry conditions. He has a slightly blocked nose but said he his legs are good for the 255.5km race and the 10 classified cotes.

Gerrans will form a interesting combination at Team Sky with the classy Thomas Löfkvist and new signing Rigoberto Uran. Of course everyone will be trying to get rid of Gilbert, who is trying to complete an Ardennes Classic hat trick.

It should be a fascinating battle between him, the Schlecks, and all the other contenders.

Several riders have flown into Belgium since Wednesday's Fleche-Wallonne. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Roman Kreuziger (Astana) rode the Giro del Trentino and flew from Italy on Saturday morning. However Giro del Trentino winner Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) opted not to ride.

Late changes to teams include the confirmation that Xavier Tondo will not ride for Movistar. He had stayed in Belgium this week but is still fighting the pain of kidney stones. Jesus Herrada will take his place.

2010 winner Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) will wear number one in his final Liege-Bastogne-Liege.