By Nigel Wynn
The riders and teams taking part in the 2015 Giro d'Italia were officially presented to spectators on Friday afternoon in San Remo ahead of the race's opening stage on Saturday.
All 22 teams walked up the pink carpet and onto the stage in front of a sizeable audience of fans. It was a relatively informal affair, with the riders stopping off for photographs and to sign autographs for fans.
On Saturday, the teams will tackle a team time trial along the coast, starting in San Lorenzo al Mare and finishing 17.6km later in San Remo. Much of the route is run on a bike path, built on the route of an old railway. The narrow stretch of tarmac will present a unique challenge for the riders.
The race concludes in Milan on Sunday, May 31.
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