Team presentation a spectacular affair

By Jon Devich in Challans

Thousands turned out for the Tour de France team presentation on Friday in Challans. Cloudy skies and threats of showers didn't deter eager fans from lining the 1km parade lap. This year Tour organizers debuted a different format to the presentation compared to previous years when a simple stage and roll-up showcased each team. Always trying to outdo itself, the Tour presented each team on an elaborate stage with spectacular lighting and even a low hanging fog. After a team rolled up and each rider was presented, the group exited the Parc des Sports to be escorted by young riders holding Tour and country flags. Fans could then get a close up look at their favourites as they made their way around the loop. Supplementing the 21 teams was a recreation of a turn of the century race caravan made up of riders and historical vehicles.

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