All 22 teams taking part in the 2012 Tour de France took to the stage in Liege, Belgium, on Thursday night to be officially presented ahead of the race’s start on Saturday.

As is traditional, the riders from each team took to the stage on their bikes and then key figures were interviewed in front of a huge crowd of on-lookers.

Defending champion Cadel Evans, local favourite Philippe Gilbert, and Brits Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins all appeared popular with the spectators.

David Millar was absent from proceedings after suffering from a bout of sickness. The move was a precautionary measure and he is expected to start the race in good shape.

The 2012 Tour starts on Saturday (June 30), with a 6.4-kilometre prologue time trial around Liege.





Crowds gather in Liege





Recording the action





Bradley Wiggins rides on to the stage





Team Sky





Bradley Wiggins shares a joke





Mark Cavendish is introduced





Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda in new team kit





Defending champion Cadel Evans





BMC Racing Team





Astana





Fabian Cancellara





Marcel Kittel and Argos-Shimano





Omega Pharma-QuickStep





Peter Sagan and Liquigas-Cannondale





Thomas Voeckler





Alejandro Velverde





Frank Schleck waves, RadioShack-Nissan





Oscar Freire





Cofidis

Related links

Tour de France 2012 team presentation, full gallery

Millar misses Tour team presentation due to illness

Team Sky Tour de France recon photo special

Tour de France 2012: Coverage index

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  • Mike

    Team Sky. Please lose the black socks. What a fashion disaster.

    Cycling and, mainly, cycling kit, is uber cool. Dont ruin it with the socks. All that is missing are the grandad sandals.