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Vuelta a Espana: Teams presented in Ourense - Gallery

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Chris Froome (Sky) is introduced

Chris Froome (Sky) is introduced (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac)

Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Cannondale-Drapac squad lined out on the stage

The Cannondale-Drapac squad lined out on the stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wild card squad Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

Wild card squad Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Direct Energie squad are also a wild card entrant to the Vuelta

The Direct Energie squad are also a wild card entrant to the Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Dimension Data squad enjoying its time on the stage

The Dimension Data squad enjoying its time on the stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Cofidis squad presented on stage

The Cofidis squad presented on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Bora-Argon 18 squad at the fourth wild card squad for the 2016 Vuelta

The Bora-Argon 18 squad at the fourth wild card squad for the 2016 Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Orica-BikeExchange team is backing Esteban Chaves for the GC

The Orica-BikeExchange team is backing Esteban Chaves for the GC (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trek-Segafredo are presented to the stage

Trek-Segafredo are presented to the stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Giant-Alpecin squad are presented to the crowd

The Giant-Alpecin squad are presented to the crowd (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde waves from the stage

Alejandro Valverde waves from the stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Hugh Carthy makes his grand tour debut at the Vuelta

Hugh Carthy makes his grand tour debut at the Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathias Frank leads out IAM Cycling for its final grand tour team presentation

Mathias Frank leads out IAM Cycling for its final grand tour team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Luis Angel Mate and Cofidis for the team presentation

Luis Angel Mate and Cofidis for the team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A relaxed looking Nairo Quintana heads to the stage for the Movistar team presentation

A relaxed looking Nairo Quintana heads to the stage for the Movistar team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Adam Hansen is ready for his 16th consecutive grand tour

Adam Hansen is ready for his 16th consecutive grand tour (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ian Boswell enjoying his moment on the stage with Team Sky

Ian Boswell enjoying his moment on the stage with Team Sky (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Astana team are presented to the crowd

The Astana team are presented to the crowd (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The LottoNL-Jumbo squad on stage

The LottoNL-Jumbo squad on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Nairo Quintana answers some questions during the team presentation

Nairo Quintana answers some questions during the team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Lotto-Soudal team on stage

The Lotto-Soudal team on stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The French FDJ squad with a waving Alexandre Geniez in the middle

The French FDJ squad with a waving Alexandre Geniez in the middle (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Estaben Chaves leads out Orica-BikeExchange on the stage

Estaben Chaves leads out Orica-BikeExchange on the stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A final grand tour appearance for IAM Cycling at the Vuelta

A final grand tour appearance for IAM Cycling at the Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Lampre-Merida team are presented to the crowd

The Lampre-Merida team are presented to the crowd (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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T2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation

T2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Samuel Sanchez (BMC) arrives

Samuel Sanchez (BMC) arrives (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katusha is presented

Katusha is presented (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Samuel Sanchez (BMC)

Samuel Sanchez (BMC) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC is presented

BMC is presented (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC is presented

BMC is presented (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC is presented

BMC is presented (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alberto Losada (Katusha)

Alberto Losada (Katusha) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation along the scenic shores

2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation along the scenic shores (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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AG2R La Mondiale 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation

AG2R La Mondiale 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep at the 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation

Etixx-QuickStep at the 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep at the 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation

Etixx-QuickStep at the 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep head to the staging area for the 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation

Etixx-QuickStep head to the staging area for the 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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David de la Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep) - 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation

David de la Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep) - 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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AG2R La Mondiale presented - 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation

AG2R La Mondiale presented - 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) - 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation

Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) - 2016 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

The 198 riders of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana were presented in Ourense today in front of a glistening blue lake, but the teams were not the only entertainment for the fans.

After the traditional photo-op and brief interviews of the various favourites, the organisers put on a cooking show featuring 12 chefs from the Grupo Nove, 9 from the Friends of Galician Cuisine and 21 Designations of Origin, Protected Geographical Indications and Differentiated Quality Brands all with an aim at introducing the world to the unique gastronomic pursuits of the region.

"We will show the great value of Galician gastronomy; a combination of tradition, innovation and quality of products as well as the great potential and virtue of its chefs, who will unleash their imaginations, turning the show's presentation and staging into a large-scale spectacle that will delight our five senses," said Nava Castro, the Director of Galician Tourism, according to the race's website.

The Vuelta marks its second start in Galicia in the past four years and the eighth time in the race's history.

The race will go through all four Galician provinces, before crossing into Castilla y Leon in stage 7, which finishes in Puebla de Sanabria.

The race has a strong field this year, with Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) offsetting the absence of defending champion Fabio Aru (Astana).

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