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Peter Sagan and his trademark wheelie at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Peter Sagan and his trademark wheelie at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Romain Bardet greets fans on is way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Romain Bardet greets fans on is way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Alejandor Valverde makes his way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Alejandor Valverde makes his way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Peter Sagan takes over introductions for Bora-Hansgrohe at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Peter Sagan takes over introductions for Bora-Hansgrohe at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Tom Dumoulin takes a question at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Tom Dumoulin takes a question at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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A performer on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

A performer on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Jonathan Castroviejo makes his way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Jonathan Castroviejo makes his way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Silvan Dillier interacts with fans at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Silvan Dillier interacts with fans at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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AG2R riders make their way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

AG2R riders make their way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Rick Zabel rides to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Rick Zabel rides to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Peter Sagan and Maciej Bodnar have fun as Bora-Hansgrohe is presented Thursday at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Peter Sagan and Maciej Bodnar have fun as Bora-Hansgrohe is presented Thursday at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme
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Sep Vanmarcke tosses a bottle to the crowd at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Sep Vanmarcke tosses a bottle to the crowd at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Nairo Quintana rides on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Nairo Quintana rides on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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EF Education First-Drapac's Rigoberto Uran and Simon Clarke at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

EF Education First-Drapac's Rigoberto Uran and Simon Clarke at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Jakob Fuglsang rides on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Jakob Fuglsang rides on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Alejandro Valverde looks ready to race at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Alejandro Valverde looks ready to race at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Warren Barguil on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Warren Barguil on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Astana on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Astana on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Andre Greipel chats on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Andre Greipel chats on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Tom Dumoulin and Team Sunweb take the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Tom Dumoulin and Team Sunweb take the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Wanty-Groupe Gobert on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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The setting for Thursday's 2018 Tour de France team presentation

The setting for Thursday's 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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The stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

The stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Wanty-Groupe Gobert on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Phlippe Gilbert talks to the MC at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Phlippe Gilbert talks to the MC at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Greg Van Avermaet makes his way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Greg Van Avermaet makes his way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Adam Yates addresses the crowd at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Adam Yates addresses the crowd at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Mark Cavendish answers a question at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Mark Cavendish answers a question at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Mark Cavendish greets the crowd at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Mark Cavendish greets the crowd at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Dan Martin has some fun at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Dan Martin has some fun at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Vincenzo Nibali on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Romain Bardet greets fans on is way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Romain Bardet greets fans on is way to the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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EF Education First-Drapac on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

EF Education First-Drapac on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Direct Energie riders greet fans on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Direct Energie riders greet fans on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Julian Alaphilippe answers a question at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Julian Alaphilippe answers a question at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Greg Van Avermaet rides toward the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Greg Van Avermaet rides toward the stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Arnaud Demare greets fans at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Arnaud Demare greets fans at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Alexander Kristoff at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Alexander Kristoff at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Peter Sagan got a fresh haircut for the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Peter Sagan got a fresh haircut for the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Andre Geipel greets fans at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Andre Geipel greets fans at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Richie Porte on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Richie Porte on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Stefan Kung and Michael Schar at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Stefan Kung and Michael Schar at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Marcel Kittel is front and center with Katusha-Alpecin at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Marcel Kittel is front and center with Katusha-Alpecin at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Ilnur Zakarin and Ian Boswell greet the crowd at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Ilnur Zakarin and Ian Boswell greet the crowd at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Geraint Thomas in the spotlight at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Geraint Thomas in the spotlight at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Movistar greet the fans at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Movistar greet the fans at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Trek-Segafredo riders on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Trek-Segafredo riders on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Fortuneo-Samsic at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Fortuneo-Samsic at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation
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Official festivities for the 2018 Tour de France began on Thursday with the teams presentation at the Place Napoleon in La Roche-sur-Yon, the host city for the finish of stage 2 on July 8. Le Grand Départ will actually take place Saturday with a 201km stage from Noirmoutier-En-L'Ïle to Fontenay-Le-Comte.

As is often the case, world champion Peter Sagan stole the show on Thursday with his crowd-pleasing, off-beat antics, including handling introductions for his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates. Defending champion Chris Froome and Team Sky, on the other hand, got a considerably more icy reception in the wake of Froome's recently dropped anti-doping case.

Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), third in last year's race and runner-up in 2016, was an obvious favourite, along with Warren Barguil and his French Fortuneo-Samsic team. Performers wowed the crowd with gymnastics and dancing, while Tour director Christian Prudhomme had his time on stage as well.

In all, 176 riders representing 22 teams from around the globe took their spots on stage as fans and sceptics alike got their chance to see the peloton before the upcoming three-week race.

Click or swipe through the gallery for a glimpse of Thursday's festivities.