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Riders gather in Paris for 2018 Tour de France presentation - Gallery

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A selection of star riders on the stage

A selection of star riders on the stage
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The riders sit next to each other as the route in unveiled

The riders sit next to each other as the route in unveiled
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Christian Prudhomme going through the route stage-by-stage

Christian Prudhomme going through the route stage-by-stage
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The Palais des Congres was the setting for the unveiling of the route

The Palais des Congres was the setting for the unveiling of the route
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Raymond Poulidor watches on

Raymond Poulidor watches on
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ASO President Jean-Etienne Amaury on the stage

ASO President Jean-Etienne Amaury on the stage
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Chris Froome with his Velo d'Or trophy

Chris Froome with his Velo d'Or trophy
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Christian Prudhomme unveils the 21 stages

Christian Prudhomme unveils the 21 stages
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Prudhomme holds up a jersey urging drivers to give cyclists space when overtaking

Prudhomme holds up a jersey urging drivers to give cyclists space when overtaking
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Christian Prudhomme takes the opportunity to call for awareness of cyclists' safety on the open roads

Christian Prudhomme takes the opportunity to call for awareness of cyclists' safety on the open roads
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Chris Froome was presented with the Velo d'Or award

Chris Froome was presented with the Velo d'Or award
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Chris Froome was presented with the Velo d'Or award

Chris Froome was presented with the Velo d'Or award
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A selection of star riders on the stage

A selection of star riders on the stage
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Warren Barguil likes the look of the stages in his home region of Brittany

Warren Barguil likes the look of the stages in his home region of Brittany
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French sprinter Arnaud Demare points to stage 8 into Amiens as his favourite stage

French sprinter Arnaud Demare points to stage 8 into Amiens as his favourite stage
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Nairo Quintana is expected to lead Movistar at the 2018 Tour

Nairo Quintana is expected to lead Movistar at the 2018 Tour
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Alberto Contador was sat alongside Nairo Quintana in the Palais des Congres

Alberto Contador was sat alongside Nairo Quintana in the Palais des Congres
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Chris Froome and Alberto Contador enjoying a joke

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador enjoying a joke
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The Palais des Congres

The Palais des Congres
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Romain Bardet mulls over the parcours

Romain Bardet mulls over the parcours
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As Christian Prudhomme unveiled the 21 stages that will make up the 2018 Tour de France, watching on from the front rows of Paris' Palais des Congres were many of the riders who will be competing for stage victories and the overall classification next July.

2017 champion and four-time winner Chris Froome was in attendance, heading up on stage to receive the Vélo d'Or award before later sharing his reaction to what is a testing and varied route. 

Sat alongside the Briton were Romain Bardet, who has finished behind him on the podium in the last two years, and Alberto Contador, who has won the race twice but recently retired from the sport. Nairo Quintana was there and no doubt pleased that the individual time trialling is limited to 31 hilly kilometres, while Thibaut Pinot was another attendee expected to challenge Froome for the yellow jersey. 

Mark Cavendish, second on the all-time stage victory standings, watched on as eight potential sprint opportunities were unveiled, and he was joined by French sprinters Arnaud Demare and Nacer Bouhanni.

Lilian Calmejane and Warren Barguil, who both won hillier stages at this year's Tour, were also there and joined the others on the stage before picking out their favourite stages from the official 2018 Tour de France map. 

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