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Team Wb-Veranclassic Aqua Protect remember teammate Jimmy Duquennoy, who died last week.

Team Wb-Veranclassic Aqua Protect remember teammate Jimmy Duquennoy, who died last week.
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UAE Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi

UAE Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi
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Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb tests his gear

Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb tests his gear
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Astana riders take the stage for the team presentation in Turkey

Astana riders take the stage for the team presentation in Turkey
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Fernando Gaviria takes the stage with Quick-Step

Fernando Gaviria takes the stage with Quick-Step
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The Turkish National Team

The Turkish National Team
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The Turkish National Team on stage

The Turkish National Team on stage
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Confetti flew Monday at the team presentation in Turkey

Confetti flew Monday at the team presentation in Turkey
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Alvaro Hodeg takes a selfie on stage with Quick-Step

Alvaro Hodeg takes a selfie on stage with Quick-Step
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Team Sunweb

Team Sunweb
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More flying confetti

More flying confetti
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The crowd was ready to greet the teams Monday in Turkey

The crowd was ready to greet the teams Monday in Turkey
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Astana on stage in Turkey

Astana on stage in Turkey
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Bahrain-Merida on stage in Turkey

Bahrain-Merida on stage in Turkey
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Fernando Gaviria is ready to lead Quick-Step in Turkey

Fernando Gaviria is ready to lead Quick-Step in Turkey
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Lukas Postlberger

Lukas Postlberger
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Team Katusha on stage in Turkey

Team Katusha on stage in Turkey
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The Colombians on stage in Turkey

The Colombians on stage in Turkey
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Matching shoes and socks for UAE

Matching shoes and socks for UAE
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Nico Roche with BMC Racing in Turkey

Nico Roche with BMC Racing in Turkey
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Wilier Trestina-Sella Italia

Wilier Trestina-Sella Italia
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UAE Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi

UAE Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi
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Trek-Segafredo riders on stage in Turkey

Trek-Segafredo riders on stage in Turkey
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UAE Team Emirates riders on stage

UAE Team Emirates riders on stage
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The Turkish National Team gets a big reception

The Turkish National Team gets a big reception
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Lights, cameras and plenty of action

Lights, cameras and plenty of action
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Bora-hansgrohe riders are introduced

Bora-hansgrohe riders are introduced
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Quick-Step Floors riders greet the crowd

Quick-Step Floors riders greet the crowd
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Quick-Step Floors riders on stage

Quick-Step Floors riders on stage
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BMC Racing's roster is introduced

BMC Racing's roster is introduced
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John Degenkolb and Koen De Kort chat with the host

John Degenkolb and Koen De Kort chat with the host
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A Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise rider gets a birthday cake

A Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise rider gets a birthday cake
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Trek-Segafredo riders on stage in Turkey

Trek-Segafredo riders on stage in Turkey
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UAE Team Emirates on stage in Turkey

UAE Team Emirates on stage in Turkey
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The Tour of Turkey trophy is ready for a new winner

The Tour of Turkey trophy is ready for a new winner
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The Tour of Turkey trophy is ready for a new winner

The Tour of Turkey trophy is ready for a new winner
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Team Sunweb riders greet the crowd

Team Sunweb riders greet the crowd
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Quick-Step Floors take the stage with sprinter Fernando Gaviria

Quick-Step Floors take the stage with sprinter Fernando Gaviria
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Riders from Astana are introduced

Riders from Astana are introduced
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Bahrain-Merida on the Turkey team presentation stage

Bahrain-Merida on the Turkey team presentation stage
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With the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey set to start Tuesday in Konya, Central Anatolia, the riders and teams gathered on stage Monday evening for the annual team presentation, where the race honoured Jimmy Duquennoy, who sadly passed away on Friday at the age of 23, and his WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic team dedicated a moment of silence to his memory.

The Tour of Turkey, the penultimate stage race on the 2018 WorldTour calendar, appears to be back on solid footing with nine top-tier teams in attendance after a low of only four last year. This year's WorldTour teams are Astana, Bahrain-Merida, BMC Racing, Bora-Hansgrohe, Katusha-Alpecin, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates. 

Some of the star attractions on the line include Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), who are set to face off repeatedly in a race with numerous bunch finishes. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) is another big name confirmed on the start list, while Edward Theuns (Team Sunweb) and Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) should be hunting stage wins.

Other names to watch include 2017 overall winner Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing), Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgohe) and Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin).

"Last year’s victory was very important for me," Ulissi said Monday during the presentation. "It is a WorldTour race so everyone is working hard to compete at the highest level possible.

"My main ambition, of course, is to win again this year. I know it will not be easy. There are really good riders here, but I will do my best. I’m in good shape and I hope to be at 100 per cent for the uphill finish. I know that day will be crucial for the general classification."

Ulissi was speaking of the Stage 4 summit finish on Friday.

"The Selçuk finish is not that long, but it’s very very hard especially in the last 3km with high gradients, and it will be crucial to handle fatigue and strengths," said the 2017 winner.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a look at Monday's team presentation.