A busy rest day at the Giro d'Italia - Gallery

Recovery rides, press conferences and staff football

The 2018 Giro d'Italia stopped for its second rest day on the Adriatic coast on Monday, giving riders some downtime after the weekend's mountain stages. 

Of course, the rest day is the great misnomer of a Grand Tour, and the riders still had to kit up and clip in, almost everyone heading out on gentle rides to keep the legs ticking over.

The big names like maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) also had the extra task of meeting with the media, with rest days traditionally providing a chance for the main protagonists to sit down with the press and discuss the race and their prospects in greater depth. 

For the mechanics, soigneurs, and other members of team staff, rest days can be just as busy as race days, with plenty of preparation to be done. 

On top of the usual rest day fare there were some more unusual sights this year as Quick-Step staff went out for a game of five-a-side football, Fabio Aru staged a press conference on his team bus, and Giulio Ciccone attended a memorial for the 29 people who died in the Rigopiano avalanche tragedy of last year. 

Flick through the gallery above to see all the best photos from the Giro's second rest day. 

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