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Teams show new jerseys at official presentation

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World Champion Cadel Evans is the main man at BMC. He has been having a fine year in the rainbow jersey

World Champion Cadel Evans is the main man at BMC. He has been having a fine year in the rainbow jersey
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Alberto Contador, the defending champion, seemed relaxed and ready for the Tour to begin.

Alberto Contador, the defending champion, seemed relaxed and ready for the Tour to begin.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) is on the hunt for his third Tour victory

Alberto Contador (Astana) is on the hunt for his third Tour victory
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Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) is the Luxembourg champion

Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) is the Luxembourg champion
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Lance Armstrong and RadioShack put on a relaxed front

Lance Armstrong and RadioShack put on a relaxed front
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Team Sky in determined mood ahead of its debut Tour

Team Sky in determined mood ahead of its debut Tour
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French champion Thomas Voeckler (BBOX Bouygues Telecom) at the Tour de France presentation

French champion Thomas Voeckler (BBOX Bouygues Telecom) at the Tour de France presentation
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Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) leads out his teammates at the Tour de France presentation

Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) leads out his teammates at the Tour de France presentation
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AG2R La Mondiale will be looking for Nicolas Roche to give an aggressive showing

AG2R La Mondiale will be looking for Nicolas Roche to give an aggressive showing
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Spot the Lampre leaders. Damiano Cunego and Alessandro Petacchi add a splash of colour to proceedings

Spot the Lampre leaders. Damiano Cunego and Alessandro Petacchi add a splash of colour to proceedings
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A closer look at the new Française des Jeux kit

A closer look at the new Française des Jeux kit
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HTC-Colombia crossing the Erasmus Bridge

HTC-Colombia crossing the Erasmus Bridge
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Rotterdam's iconic Erasmus Bridge, scene of the presentation

Rotterdam's iconic Erasmus Bridge, scene of the presentation
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Alberto Contador (Astana) in relaxed mood ahead of his Tour de France defence

Alberto Contador (Astana) in relaxed mood ahead of his Tour de France defence
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Team Saxo Bank have one of the strongest rosters at the Tour

Team Saxo Bank have one of the strongest rosters at the Tour
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With an oceanic backdrop and a challenging, hilly route, White Rock is one of the more interesting stops on the schedule.

With an oceanic backdrop and a challenging, hilly route, White Rock is one of the more interesting stops on the schedule.
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Bradley Wiggins (right) is the centre of attention as Team Sky pass over the Erasmus bridge

Bradley Wiggins (right) is the centre of attention as Team Sky pass over the Erasmus bridge
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Cofidis will be aiming for stage wins and maximum exposure at the Tour de France

Cofidis will be aiming for stage wins and maximum exposure at the Tour de France
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Rabobank look motivated for the prologue on home roads

Rabobank look motivated for the prologue on home roads
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Cadel Evans (BMC) shows off his rainbow jersey at the presentation

Cadel Evans (BMC) shows off his rainbow jersey at the presentation
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Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) flanked by his teammates

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) flanked by his teammates
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Alberto Contador (Astana) is the man to beat

Alberto Contador (Astana) is the man to beat
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The Tour is starting in the Netherlands for the fifth time

The Tour is starting in the Netherlands for the fifth time
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Cycling-mad Rotterdam welcomes the Tour

Cycling-mad Rotterdam welcomes the Tour
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Dutch Tour winners Jan Janssen (1968) and Joop Zoetemelk (1980) led off the presentation on the Erasmus bridge

Dutch Tour winners Jan Janssen (1968) and Joop Zoetemelk (1980) led off the presentation on the Erasmus bridge
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Footon-Servetto's band of debutants

Footon-Servetto's band of debutants
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Lampre will be led by Damiano Cunego and Alessandro Petacchi (left)

Lampre will be led by Damiano Cunego and Alessandro Petacchi (left)
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Caisse d'Epargne line up without the suspended Alejandro Valverde

Caisse d'Epargne line up without the suspended Alejandro Valverde
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Sylvain Chavanel and Quick Step in determined mood at the Tour de France presentation

Sylvain Chavanel and Quick Step in determined mood at the Tour de France presentation
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Euskaltel-Euskadi will be looking to light up the Tour as the race heads south

Euskaltel-Euskadi will be looking to light up the Tour as the race heads south
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The Katusha line-up includes Vladmir Karpets (centre) and Russian Champion Alexandr Kolobnev

The Katusha line-up includes Vladmir Karpets (centre) and Russian Champion Alexandr Kolobnev
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Omega Pharma-Lotto are looking forward to the Belgian stages of the Tour

Omega Pharma-Lotto are looking forward to the Belgian stages of the Tour
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Cervelo will again wear white in the Tour this year

Cervelo will again wear white in the Tour this year
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) leads a solid line-up

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) leads a solid line-up
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French champion Thomas Voeckler and the BBOX Bouygues Telecom squad

French champion Thomas Voeckler and the BBOX Bouygues Telecom squad
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Team Milram need a big performance at the Tour. Linus Gerdemann (second right) will be hoping to deliver.

Team Milram need a big performance at the Tour. Linus Gerdemann (second right) will be hoping to deliver.
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Garmin-Transitions have animated the last two Tours and boast a strong line-up again this time around

Garmin-Transitions have animated the last two Tours and boast a strong line-up again this time around
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Astana arrive to be presented to the masses

Astana arrive to be presented to the masses
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Denis Menchov and his Rabo boys head up to the stage.

Denis Menchov and his Rabo boys head up to the stage.
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Carlos Sastre is interviewed on the stage.

Carlos Sastre is interviewed on the stage.
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Mark Cavendish and his HTC-Columbia teammates looking very cool.

Mark Cavendish and his HTC-Columbia teammates looking very cool.
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Alberto Contador leads the Astana squad to be presented.

Alberto Contador leads the Astana squad to be presented.
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The Saxo Bank team, with Andy Schleck leading the way.

The Saxo Bank team, with Andy Schleck leading the way.
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Lance Armstrong and the RadioShack crew make their way to be presented.

Lance Armstrong and the RadioShack crew make their way to be presented.
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George Hincapie looking as cool and laid back as ever.

George Hincapie looking as cool and laid back as ever.
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Flags bore the likeness of each rider in the 2010 Tour de France.

Flags bore the likeness of each rider in the 2010 Tour de France.
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Crowds watched the presentation from the Erasmus bridge

Crowds watched the presentation from the Erasmus bridge
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Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme.
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A band was suspended from a crane above the crowd in a uniquely artistic display.

A band was suspended from a crane above the crowd in a uniquely artistic display.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC)

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC)
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George Hincapie, the US champion

George Hincapie, the US champion
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Yukiya Arashiro (BBox Bouygues Telecom)

Yukiya Arashiro (BBox Bouygues Telecom)
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The riders rolled over the pavers and up a ramp to the stage.

The riders rolled over the pavers and up a ramp to the stage.
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Belgian commentator Michel Wuyts interviews Lance Armstrong.

Belgian commentator Michel Wuyts interviews Lance Armstrong.
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The fans cheer the riders on as they head to the stage.

The fans cheer the riders on as they head to the stage.
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The 22 teams riding this year's Tour de France showed their final starting line-ups at the official team presentation on Thursday evening, with some of them revealing the new look jerseys they will wear during the race.

The presentation was held in the shadow of the Erasmus bridge that will also feature in the 8.9km prologue time trial course on Saturday. The last Dutch Tour de France winner Joop Zoetemelk, opened the parade of riders, wearing the yellow jersey he pulled on in Paris in 1980. One of the 198 riders who rode onto the stage will pull on this year's winner's yellow jersey in Paris on July 25.

Cavendish first on stage

The HTC-Columbia team was the first team to ride onto the stage, just as they hope to be in the sprints. They showed their new minor-sponsor Skype on the arms of their usual yellow, white and black jersey, with Mark Cavendish leading his teammates as they rode on stage.

"The Tour de France always comes round quickly. You finish one and you want the next to come as soon as possible," he said.

Christophe Le Mevel led the Francaise des Jeux team on stage, revealing the team's new jersey design which maintains the mostly-white kit but adds a blue stripe up the side. He was the best French rider in 2009, finishing tenth, 14:25 behind Alberto Contador.

Fabio Felline is just 20 and a neo-pro but is part of the very young Footon-Servetto team in this year's Tour de France and could be the surprise in this year's sprint.

Robbie McEwen is at the other end of the age spectrum and has just celebrated his 38th birthday. But he seemed just as motivated to win as Felline.

"I'm just going to keep going and going. If I can win stage one to Brussels there's no better inspiration for another year," McEwen said.

New kit for Cervelo Test Team

The Cervelo TestTeam showed off their new white, black and grey kit at the presentation. 2008 winner Carlos Sastre (below) said he fancies his chances despite only recently recovering from a back injury.

"I'm here and that's important," he said. "It's a hard parcours but for a climber like me, I think it's good. There are only two time trials: one here in Rotterdam and then one at the end, the rest is all climbing."

The Garmin-Transitions riders tried to look cool and pose in their white sunglasses. Christian Vande Velde claimed he liked being an outsider and predicted that Tyler Farrar would win the green jersey in Paris. There is no place for Danny Pate this year but the Garmin-Transitions line-up includes Vande Velde, Farrar, Robbie Hunter, Julian Dean, Ryder Hesjedal, Martijn Maaskant, David Millar, Dave Zabriskie and Johan van Summeren.

BMC had a weaker team in the Giro d'Italia but will back-up world champion Cadel Evans at the Tour de France, with Alessandro Ballan, George Hincapie Markus Burghardt Karsten Kroon and Brent Bookwalter.

Cadel was not afraid of the curse of the rainbow jersey. "I had my curse of bad jersey in 2009 and if 2010 continues as it's going now that'd be great," he said.

The Rabobank team naturally got the biggest cheer with Dutchman Robert Gesink shrugging off any doubts about his ability on the cobbles. Watch for Lars Boom in Saturday's opening prologue.

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins unveiled his new long side burns. He also insisted the first week in northern Europe will not be a problem.

"The first week will difficult for some but not for us," Wiggins predicted. "We've got Juan (Antonio Flecha) and Eddy (Boasson Hagen), one of the most talented riders in the peloton. We'll be okay."

Armstrong versus the Schlecks, versus Contador

The last three teams in the presentation were the teams of the three big favourites: RadioShack, Saxo Bank and Astana.

As Lance Armstrong rode the stage, he asked if the weather was always so warm and sunny in Holland. However he admitted he will be nervous about the opening stages of his last ever Tour de France. 

Frank and Andy Schleck refused to admit who is the strongest and who will be the team leader at Saxo Bank. 'We want to win it," Frank said, carefully using the plural. Andy responded with 'We'll see what happens in a few weeks."

2009 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador led his Astana team on stage and closed the official team presentation. He admitted stage three on the cobbles will not be an easy day for him but was confident and relaxed as ever.

"This day will be very difficult. It's not the best day or me but it’s the race. There are other stages (for me). It'll be important to be at the front and then we'll see."

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