The 2010 Giro: Each week in pictures

Week one: Going Dutch, crosswind craze and crashes

The 2010 Giro d'Italia was a spectacular feast of intriguing cycling, with intense competition and mystery until the very last days. Every week was difficult for different reasons, which kept fans on the edge of their seat until the end.

With the dust settled on the year's first Grand Tour, Cyclingnews presents a three-part feature that captures each week of the event and displays some of the race's best images, captured throughout Holland and Italy.

In this opening part, we look at week one, where the favourites could do anything but work their way into the race; battered by winds and a presented with a nervous peloton, there were crashes, splits in the field and successful breakaways. It set the tone of what was a topsy-turvy event where at times it was every man for himself.

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) enjoys a well-earned drink
The first bottle of champagne went to Bradley Wiggins (above) after taking out the opening time trial in Amsterdam (below)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) wasn't going to waste any time in the corners

Meanwhile, in stage two, Tyler Farrar showed he was the Giro's strongest sprinter by leaving the competition in his wake in Utrecht, having crashed earlier in the day (below). It was the first of two stage wins for the American before he departed later in the race.

Jack Bobridge looks concerned as he waits for his Garmin-Transitions teammate Tyler Farrar to get upWith arms wide open: Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) wins stage two of the Giro d'Italia

A hectic final 10km of stage three in Middleburg saw Wouter Weylandt prevail after the peloton was splintered following a late-race crash. The winds were extreme and the narrow roads didn't help matters either, and several big names were forced to abandon after falling (below).

Cadel Evans hurtles through the final 10km.Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step) celebrates his stage 3 Giro d'Italia winChristian Vande Velde (Garmin-Transitions) crashed and broke his collarbone.

Back on Italian soil, the team time trial saw Liquigas stamp its authority on the Giro in stage four, while Alexandre Vinokourov lost pink to Vincenzo Nibali after Astana self-destructed in the final kilometre (below).

The Liquigas-Doimo team raced under threatening skies, that dumped rain much of the day.
Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) gestures as he cross the finish line.

Stage five saw a slice of bravery on the roads made famous by one of Italy's favourite cycling sons, Fausto Coppi. Experienced Frenchman Jerome Pineau took the stage while the overall contenders scavanged for seconds behind (below).

Stage winner Jerome Pineau (Quick Step) on the home roads of Fausto Coppi.
Yukiya Arashiro (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) nearly pulled off a victory in stage five.

Australian rider Matt Lloyd showed us what he's made of with a solo stage six victory after a day-long break, while the field continued to fall over its feet behind him. He climbed into the mountains classification lead and stayed there for the remainder of the race (below).

Riders pick themselves up after a crashAustralia's Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) soloed to victory in stage six.

Stage seven in a word: Epic. Cadel Evans won on a day when the maglia rosa fell, there was rain, mud and late-race attacks to contend with... all conducted over the suitably-epic distance of 222km (below).

Cadel Evans (BMC) pushes the pace on the muddy Strada Bianche.
Markus Eibegger (Footon - Servetto) thirstily downs a coke.
Liquigas-Doimo teammates Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali strain as they try to bridge back to the lead group

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