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Blues soak in Tour de France’s atmosphere

5 July 2018
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Teams' presentation + TTT training

Quintana, Valverde, Landa and rest of Movistar Team salute crowds at opening even in La Roche-sur-Yon, get ready for difficult team time trial in Cholet on Monday.

The Movistar Team completed their journey to the 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ on Wednesday as they arrived in their hotel near Cholet, in the Pays de la Loire region. The squad directed by José Luis Arrieta and Chente García Acosta went Thursday on their Canyon TT bikes through a recon of the 35km team time trial set to open the first real gaps on Monday’s stage three.

The Telefónica-backed outfit then headed to La Roche-sur-Yon in the afternoon, in order to attend the riders’ briefing, the official inscriptions and, above all, the presentation of the 22 squads starting the 105th edition of the ‘Grande Boucle’ on Saturday. A press conference for Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana on Friday (9.30am) will close the pre-race appointments for the Blues.

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Rojas, Soler and Valverde at La Roche-sur-Yon.

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Landa speaks to Australian broadcaster SBS after going on stage.

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Daniele Bennati poses for ASO’s official Tour de France picture.

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Nairo Quintana before his fifth Tour de France appearance.

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Andrey Amador takes a selfie during ASO’s video capture to liven up the Tour’s broadcast.

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Waiting to go on stage.

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Marc Soler signs on the ‘digital sheet’ that confirms the official bibnumbers of the 2018 TDF.

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Imanol Erviti heads towards the stage.

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Nairo Quintana on his Canyon bike.

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The Movistar Team’s 2018 Tour de France roster: Quintana, Amador, Bennati, Erviti, Landa, Rojas, Soler and Valverde.