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Vuelta a Espana teams roll out in Moraira - Gallery

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The Deceuninck-QuickStep team on stage

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team on stage
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Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
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Bahrain-Merida on stage as the sun sets

Bahrain-Merida on stage as the sun sets
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Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)
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Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)
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Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) seemed happy to be at the Vuelta

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) seemed happy to be at the Vuelta
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Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) throws a bidon to the crowd

Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) throws a bidon to the crowd
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The riders had little chance to enjoy the sunset

The riders had little chance to enjoy the sunset
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The team presentation was held at sunset overlooking the Mediterranean Sea

The team presentation was held at sunset overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
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Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)

Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)
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The Spanish fans wanted to touch the Movistar riders

The Spanish fans wanted to touch the Movistar riders
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Fans fight for a UAE Team Emirates bidon

Fans fight for a UAE Team Emirates bidon
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Luis Ángel Maté (left) was happy to be at the start of the Vuelta a after crash in the Tour de Pologne

Luis Ángel Maté (left) was happy to be at the start of the Vuelta a after crash in the Tour de Pologne
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Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)
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Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)
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Caja Rural on stage

Caja Rural on stage
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Trek-Segafredo on the stage

Trek-Segafredo on the stage
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Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo)

Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo)
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Alejandro Valverde rolls in

Alejandro Valverde rolls in
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Movistar Team on the stage

Movistar Team on the stage
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
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Movistar Team

Movistar Team
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Lukas Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)

Lukas Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)
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John Degenkolb (center)

John Degenkolb (center)
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Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quickstep)

Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quickstep)
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Bora-Hansgrohe on stage

Bora-Hansgrohe on stage
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Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)
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Italian champion Davide Formolo

Italian champion Davide Formolo
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The Movistar Team is presented

The Movistar Team is presented
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Bahrain-Merida roll to the stage

Bahrain-Merida roll to the stage
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UAE Team Emirates rolls in

UAE Team Emirates rolls in
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Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)
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Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)

Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)
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The 74th edition of the Vuelta a España will roll out of Salinas de Torrevieja on Saturday, starting with a 13.5km team time trial. The 22 teams that will be competing over the following three weeks in Spain were presented to fans in a stunning seaside ceremony on Thursday evening.

All of the 176 riders on the start list were on display and waved to the holiday crowds as they prepared to tackle the final Grand Tour of the 2019 season.

One rider missing in the Movistar line-up was Richard Carapaz. The Ecuadorian was due to be co-leader of the Spanish squad alongside Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde but crashed at the Etten-Leur criterium in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Carapaz, who won the Giro d'Italia earlier in the season, suffered a contusion on his right shoulder, other bruises, and "multiple injuries" as a result of his crash. He travelled to the state of the Vuelta but was reportedly unable to keep up with his teammates in training. The decision was made to pull him from the start list after further assessments were taken on Thursday afternoon. Movistar's first reserve rider, José Joaquín Rojas, was called up to take Carapaz's place.

The loss of Carapaz deepens the 'power vacuum' scenario in this year’s Vuelta a España, with the race wide open and unpredictable on a route packed with short stages and testing finishes. That has previously worked in the Vuelta's favour, in 2015, when that year's Tour de France winner Chris Froome crashed out injured and Vincenzo Nibali was sent home early for taking a tow.

The ensuing ding-dong battle between Fabio Aru and Tom Dumoulin, with occasional cameos from Mikel Landa and Joaquim Rodriguez, went right down to the wire in the sierras of Madrid and was widely viewed as one of the most exciting Vueltas of the last decade. Race organisers will be hoping for a similar narrative this year.

There are no Tour de France winners in this year’s race. Team Ineos are without Tour de France duo Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, and have opted for youth with Tao Geoghegan Hart, while Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) is still gradually returning from surgery on his iliac artery.

Three teams are likely to dominate the overall battle: Jumbo-Visma, Mitchelton-Scott and Movistar.

Movistar have a great chance to win their home Grand Tour but doubts remain about Nairo Quintana’s motivation before his expected move to Arkea-Samsic in 2020 and, while Valverde looks leaner than ever, he is likely to target stage victories. Esteban Chaves leads Mitchelton-Scott in the absence of 2018 winner Simon Yates and his twin brother, Adam.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) has stated categorically that he will be going for the overall victory in the Vuelta a España and has the backing of Jumbo-Visma. That makes him a favourite but he perhaps lacks local knowledge on his Vuelta debut.

"I want to win and I'm going to try to win," Roglic told a small group of reporters at a press conference on Thursday evening. "The podium is a nice place, but I've already done that at the Giro. I want to fight as hard as possible to win."