Team presentation makes a splash in Utrecht for 2022 Vuelta a España – Gallery

The streets and waterways of Utrecht, Netherlands were decorated ahead of the Grand Depart of the 2022 Vuelta a España, with the team celebrations taking place on Thursday ahead of the team time trial that will see the 184 riders race through the city on Friday.

Utrecht Mayor Sharon Dijksma welcomed the large crowd gathered on Vredenburg-Platz, noting that the Netherlands had now scored a trifecta for hosting all the Grand Tours, most recently the Tour de France in 2015 and three times for the Giro d’Italia (2002, 2010, 2016). It is the second time the Vuelta has started in the Netherlands, last in 2009 in Drenthe.

The riders representing the 23 teams were paraded past fans along the Utrecht canal using boats to sail on the waterway to the main plaza area.

Several teams will turn out in new kits for the Vuelta. Movistar will race in white with a special design honouring their retiring leader Alejandro Valverde. Astana Qazaqstan will also be in a white switch kit, while Arkéa-Samsic will be racing in fluorescent yellow as their regular red jersey clashes with the Vuelta leader's jersey.

One of the first of the teams to parade on the stage was Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, and the crowd responded with loud cheers and applause for hometown favourite Boy van Poppel.

The Dutch squad Jumbo-Visma was the final team to make introductions to the crowd, with three-time Vuelta winner Primož Roglič and a roster complete with three Dutch riders - Robert Gesink, Sam Oomen and Mike Teunissen. 

Other teams with riders making the Vuelta start on home soil are Bora-Hansgrohe (Wilco Kelderman, Danny van Poppel), Bahrain Victorious (Wouter Poels), EF Education-EasyPost (Julius van den Berg), Ineos Grenadiers (Dylan van Baarle), Team DSM (Joris Nieuwenhuis), Trek-Segafredo (Daan Hoole) and Burgos-BH (Jetse Bol).

After a technical 23.3km team time trial on Friday moving counter-clockwise around the city centre. There are two more days of racing in  the Netherlands before moving to Spain. 

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