2014 Tour de France: Graham Watson Team Presentation Gallery

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Only hours from the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, the teams gather for the Team Presentation–a final press conference before the starter’s pistol fires tomorrow morning.

TEAM PRESENTATION PHOTOS

Team Orica Old School

Team Orica Greenedge looks positively old school sans helmets in prelude to the 2014 Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson


Chris Froome's Stare

Defending Tour champ Chris Froome shows reporters the stares he’ll be giving his stem for the next three weeks. Photo by Graham Watson


Andrew Talansky

“Jonathan Vaughters has a shirt just like that,” says American Tour hopeful Andrew Talansky on the eve of the Grand Depart. In all seriousness–keep your eye on this kid. Photo by Graham Watson


Mark Cavendish

Sprinter Mark Cavendish looked all smarty in his new specs at the team intros. There’s heavy pressure on the Manx Missile to deliver a win in his home country tomorrow. Photo by Graham Watson


The Brothers Schleck

Frank (L) and Andy Schleck were once tabbed as potential Tour winners. Could Andy be the dark horse in this year’s race? Photo by Graham Watson


Tony Martin's Castle

German Tony Martin inexplicably rides rollers in front of a cathedral in advance of tomorrow’s Stage 1 start. Photo by Graham Watson


Tejay Sings

American Tejay van Garderen did a little karaoke during the team presentations to help calm his nerves for the 2014 Tour. Photo by Graham Watson


Kittel Rocks Cheap Trick Look

Giant-Shimano’s Marcel Kittel channels his inner Rick Nielsen during the press conference. The young German hopes to spoil Cavenish’s day tomorrow. Photo by Graham Watson


Hey Handsome

If you were as handsome as Bernhard Eisel, you’d take selfies all day too. Photo by Graham Watson


Jens GoesPro

Orica’s Jens Keukeleire GoPro’d the proceedings while sporting a World Cup-quality hairdo. Photo by Graham Watson


Jack Bauer, Thinker

“I wonder what it’s like to be Fabian Cancellara,” muses Garmin-Sharp’s Jack “24” Bauer. Photo by Graham Watson


Sparticus

“I like cheese,” muses Trek’s Fabian Cancellara. Photo by Graham Watson

TEAM PRESENTATION GALLERY

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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