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Tour de France gets military send off in Normandy - Gallery

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Lampre-Merida riders are driven in a jeep

Lampre-Merida riders are driven in a jeep
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World champion Peter Sagan waves to the crowd as Alberto Contador looks on.

World champion Peter Sagan waves to the crowd as Alberto Contador looks on.
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Orica riders on the Tour de France team presentation stage

Orica riders on the Tour de France team presentation stage
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Peter Sagan takes control of the Tinkoff introductions

Peter Sagan takes control of the Tinkoff introductions
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Astana riders at the team presentation.

Astana riders at the team presentation.
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BMC riders on stage at the Tour presentation

BMC riders on stage at the Tour presentation
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Nairo Quintana is focused on winning the Tour

Nairo Quintana is focused on winning the Tour
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Lotto Soudal riders pay tribute to teammate Stig Broeckx

Lotto Soudal riders pay tribute to teammate Stig Broeckx
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Riders of France's AG2R La Mondiale cycling team, including France's Romain Bardet (R), take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation ceremony

Riders of France's AG2R La Mondiale cycling team, including France's Romain Bardet (R), take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation ceremony
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Alberto Contador on stage at the Tour de France team presentation

Alberto Contador on stage at the Tour de France team presentation
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Peter Sagan enjoys his ride to the Tour de France team presentation.

Peter Sagan enjoys his ride to the Tour de France team presentation.
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Chris Froome and his Sky teammates share a laugh on stage at the team presentation.

Chris Froome and his Sky teammates share a laugh on stage at the team presentation.
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Peter Sagan waves as dancers perform on front of the Tinkoff transport

Peter Sagan waves as dancers perform on front of the Tinkoff transport
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People dressed in world war II era clothing ride toward the team presentation stage.

People dressed in world war II era clothing ride toward the team presentation stage.
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Mark Cavendish got a front seat as Dimension Data get a ride to the team presentation

Mark Cavendish got a front seat as Dimension Data get a ride to the team presentation
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FDJ get an escort to the team presentation stage

FDJ get an escort to the team presentation stage
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AG2R on their way to the stage

AG2R on their way to the stage
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Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde enjoy the ride to the team presentation

Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde enjoy the ride to the team presentation
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Locals dancers escort Tinkoff Team to the presentation.

Locals dancers escort Tinkoff Team to the presentation.
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Lotto Soudal

Lotto Soudal
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Team Katusha

Team Katusha
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Peter Sagan presents teammate Alberto Contador to the crowd.

Peter Sagan presents teammate Alberto Contador to the crowd.
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Alberto Contador introduces teammate Peter Sagan to the crowd

Alberto Contador introduces teammate Peter Sagan to the crowd
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Thibaut Pinot addresses the crowd at the Tour de France team presentation

Thibaut Pinot addresses the crowd at the Tour de France team presentation
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Chris Froome is ready to go at the Tour de France team presentation

Chris Froome is ready to go at the Tour de France team presentation
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Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France team presentation

Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France team presentation
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Flags commemorate the start of the 2016 Tour de France

Flags commemorate the start of the 2016 Tour de France
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team Sky riders sit in a vintage World War II vehicle on their way to the Tour de France team presentation stage

team Sky riders sit in a vintage World War II vehicle on their way to the Tour de France team presentation stage
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Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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IAm Cycling

IAm Cycling
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A replica of a WWII paratrooper hangs from a steeple near the team presentation

A replica of a WWII paratrooper hangs from a steeple near the team presentation
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lampre-Merida

Lampre-Merida
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Dimension Data

Dimension Data
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fortuneo Vital Concept

Fortuneo Vital Concept
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky on stage at the 2016 Tour de France team presentation

Team Sky on stage at the 2016 Tour de France team presentation
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Riders for BMC Racing rode aboard a WWII military vehicle during the Tour de France team presentation.

Riders for BMC Racing rode aboard a WWII military vehicle during the Tour de France team presentation.
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Riders of the France's Cofidis cycling team take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation

Riders of the France's Cofidis cycling team take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation
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Riders of the France's Cofidis cycling team take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation

Riders of the France's Cofidis cycling team take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation
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Richie Porte will be a co-leader for BMC Racing's 2016 Tour de France team

Richie Porte will be a co-leader for BMC Racing's 2016 Tour de France team
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Riders of the France's Fortuneo - Vital Concept cycling team take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation ceremony

Riders of the France's Fortuneo - Vital Concept cycling team take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation ceremony
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Children dressed as 1940s pupils take part in a parade, walking ahead an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation

Children dressed as 1940s pupils take part in a parade, walking ahead an World War II US army vehicle during the team presentation
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Riders of the USA's Trek - Segafredo cycling team, including Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (C), take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army jeep during the team presentation

Riders of the USA's Trek - Segafredo cycling team, including Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (C), take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army jeep during the team presentation
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Riders of the USA's Cannondale cycling team take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army jeep during the team presentation ceremony

Riders of the USA's Cannondale cycling team take part in a parade aboard an World War II US army jeep during the team presentation ceremony
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Fans wait for the parade prior to the start of the team presentation ceremony

Fans wait for the parade prior to the start of the team presentation ceremony
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A bike is installed on the facade of an apartements building as a woman looks out from her window in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, on July 30, 2016, two days before the start of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France

A bike is installed on the facade of an apartements building as a woman looks out from her window in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, on July 30, 2016, two days before the start of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France
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Carboard silhouettes shaped as cyclists wearing the Tour de France's colors of jersey are installed on the facade of the city hall of in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Carboard silhouettes shaped as cyclists wearing the Tour de France's colors of jersey are installed on the facade of the city hall of in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
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Flags commemorate the start of the 2016 Tour de France

Flags commemorate the start of the 2016 Tour de France

The Tour de France embraced a World War II D-Day theme Thursday during the team presentation in Sainte-Mere-Eglise in Normandy, using vintage military transport vehicles to drive the teams one by one to the ceremony. Riders transferred to their bikes for the final ride up the ramp to the stage, where the large crowd cheered them on as the leaders answered pre-race questions one more time.

Defending champion Chris Froome, along with top general classification favourites Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador, joined their teammates and the other 19 teams for the presentation just two days before the race begins Saturday on the streets of Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

Check out the photo gallery above for a glimpse of today's presentation, then see the video below to get the Cyclingnews 10 GC riders to watch over the next three weeks.