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Fight for pink: A 2015 Giro d'Italia gallery

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Alberto Contador winks as he grabs a bottle of champagne to celebrate on the podium after winning the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Alberto Contador winks as he grabs a bottle of champagne to celebrate on the podium after winning the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Tom Boonen and Rigoberto Uran arrive at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation.

Tom Boonen and Rigoberto Uran arrive at the 2015 Giro d'Italia team presentation.
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The Giro d'Italia trophy awaits the 2015 winner.

The Giro d'Italia trophy awaits the 2015 winner.
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The 2015 Giro's opening presentation gets underway.

The 2015 Giro's opening presentation gets underway.
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Tinkoff-Saxo Giro riders and staff celebrate Contador's win.

Tinkoff-Saxo Giro riders and staff celebrate Contador's win.
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Alberto Contador pours the celebratory champagne for his team.

Alberto Contador pours the celebratory champagne for his team.
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Alberto Contador with his custom Giro bike.

Alberto Contador with his custom Giro bike.
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Contador celebrates during the Giro's final stage.

Contador celebrates during the Giro's final stage.
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Alberto Contador holds his 2015 Giro trophy.

Alberto Contador holds his 2015 Giro trophy.
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Alberto Contador and Oleg Tinkov duing stage 21 of the Giro.

Alberto Contador and Oleg Tinkov duing stage 21 of the Giro.
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Aru, Contador and Landa on the final Giro podium.

Aru, Contador and Landa on the final Giro podium.
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 Iljo Keisse celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 21st and final stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Iljo Keisse celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 21st and final stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Alberto Contador celebrates with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates and Russian businessman and team sponsor Oleg Tinkov on the podium after winning the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Alberto Contador celebrates with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates and Russian businessman and team sponsor Oleg Tinkov on the podium after winning the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Alberto Contador crosses the finish line to win the 2015 Giro.

Alberto Contador crosses the finish line to win the 2015 Giro.
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Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) celebrates on the podium after winning the 13th stage of the 2015 Giro d'Italia.

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) celebrates on the podium after winning the 13th stage of the 2015 Giro d'Italia.
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Riders tackle a tunnel during the Giro's team time trial.

Riders tackle a tunnel during the Giro's team time trial.
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Etixx-QuickStep cut a quick figure along the coast during the Giro's team time trial.

Etixx-QuickStep cut a quick figure along the coast during the Giro's team time trial.
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Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) and Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep).

Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) and Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep).
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Alberto Contador, Ryder Hesjedal, Fabio Aru and Steven Kruijswijk.

Alberto Contador, Ryder Hesjedal, Fabio Aru and Steven Kruijswijk.
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Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal)

Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Spectators run alongside Alberto Contador.

Spectators run alongside Alberto Contador.
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The peloton cruises along the seaside at the 2015 Giro.

The peloton cruises along the seaside at the 2015 Giro.
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Contador attacks Astana and Aru.

Contador attacks Astana and Aru.
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Fabio Aru shows the toll of a hard-fought Giro.

Fabio Aru shows the toll of a hard-fought Giro.
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Ryder Hesjedal climbs through the crowds in Italy.

Ryder Hesjedal climbs through the crowds in Italy.
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Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) wins stage 11 of the 2015 Giro.

Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) wins stage 11 of the 2015 Giro.
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Simon Clarke gives Richie Porte a wheel during stage 10. Porte was later penalised.

Simon Clarke gives Richie Porte a wheel during stage 10. Porte was later penalised.
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Alberto Contador looking confident on the Giro podium.

Alberto Contador looking confident on the Giro podium.
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Davide Formolo attacks the breakaway on his way to winning stage 4 for Cannondale-Garmin.

Davide Formolo attacks the breakaway on his way to winning stage 4 for Cannondale-Garmin.
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Fabio Aru wins stage 19 of the Giro.

Fabio Aru wins stage 19 of the Giro.
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Fabio Aru talks with media during a rest day press conference.

Fabio Aru talks with media during a rest day press conference.
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A small video camera is hung on the handlebar of a rider's bike before the 9th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

A small video camera is hung on the handlebar of a rider's bike before the 9th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Benat Intxausti (Movistar) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 8th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Benat Intxausti (Movistar) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 8th stage of the Giro d'Italia.
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Diego Ulissi and friend on the podium after winning stage 7.

Diego Ulissi and friend on the podium after winning stage 7.
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A lotto Soudal rider is confident in teammate Andre Greipel's stage 6 win.

A lotto Soudal rider is confident in teammate Andre Greipel's stage 6 win.
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Contador sits in his team car after crashing near the finish of stage 6.

Contador sits in his team car after crashing near the finish of stage 6.
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Contador in pink for stage 6 at the Giro and Aru in white.

Contador in pink for stage 6 at the Giro and Aru in white.
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A preview of things to come with Fabio Aru and Alberto Contador battling during stage 5.

A preview of things to come with Fabio Aru and Alberto Contador battling during stage 5.
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Jan Polanc of Slovenia (Lampre-Merida) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 5th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Jan Polanc of Slovenia (Lampre-Merida) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 5th stage of the Giro d'Italia.
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The pack takes the start of the 5th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

The pack takes the start of the 5th stage of the Giro d'Italia.
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Just a few pink balloons ready to be released.

Just a few pink balloons ready to be released.
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Michael Matthews wins stage 3 of the 2015 Giro.

Michael Matthews wins stage 3 of the 2015 Giro.
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Michael Matthews sings in for stage 3 after earning pink the day before.

Michael Matthews sings in for stage 3 after earning pink the day before.
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 Elia Viviani celebrates as he wins the 2nd stage Albenga-Genova of the 98th Giro

Elia Viviani celebrates as he wins the 2nd stage Albenga-Genova of the 98th Giro
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Orica-GreenEdge celebrate in force after winning the 2015 Giro's opening time trial.

Orica-GreenEdge celebrate in force after winning the 2015 Giro's opening time trial.
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Simon Gerrans of Orica-GreenEdge cycling team (R) competes in the first stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Simon Gerrans of Orica-GreenEdge cycling team (R) competes in the first stage of the Giro d'Italia.
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Fabio Aru (Astana), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) and Richie Porte (Team Sky) cross the finish line of the 9th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia

Fabio Aru (Astana), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) and Richie Porte (Team Sky) cross the finish line of the 9th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia
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Fabio Aru (Astana) signs autographs during a day of rest of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Fabio Aru (Astana) signs autographs during a day of rest of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Porte's bedroom in the Team Sky RV at the Giro.

Porte's bedroom in the Team Sky RV at the Giro.
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Richie Porte's Team Sky RV made a big splash at the Giro.

Richie Porte's Team Sky RV made a big splash at the Giro.
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Mikel Landa (Astana) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 15th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Mikel Landa (Astana) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 15th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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People gather at Piazza degli Scacchi before the start of the 15th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

People gather at Piazza degli Scacchi before the start of the 15th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Kevin Reza (team FDJ.fr) rides to the start of the 15th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia

Kevin Reza (team FDJ.fr) rides to the start of the 15th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia
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Alberto Contador rides back into pink during stage 14 of the 2015 Giro.

Alberto Contador rides back into pink during stage 14 of the 2015 Giro.
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Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) warmed up for his World Championship time trial ride by winning stage 14 of the Giro.

Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) warmed up for his World Championship time trial ride by winning stage 14 of the Giro.
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Fabio Aru suffered in the cold and wet of stage 14 and surrendered the pink jersey back to Contador.

Fabio Aru suffered in the cold and wet of stage 14 and surrendered the pink jersey back to Contador.
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A mudguard 'Ass Saver' is attached on the bike of Russian Yury Trofimov (team Katusha) before the start of the 13th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

A mudguard 'Ass Saver' is attached on the bike of Russian Yury Trofimov (team Katusha) before the start of the 13th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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UCI President Brian Cookson gives the pink jersey to Alberto Contador after the 12th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

UCI President Brian Cookson gives the pink jersey to Alberto Contador after the 12th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Fabio Aru of the Astana Pro team leaves under heavy rain after the 12th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Fabio Aru of the Astana Pro team leaves under heavy rain after the 12th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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 Philippe Gilbert of the BMC team celebrates as he crosses the finish line under heavy rain to win the 12th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Philippe Gilbert of the BMC team celebrates as he crosses the finish line under heavy rain to win the 12th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Riders take the start of the 12th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Riders take the start of the 12th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) poses on the podium with lipstick marks on his face after winning the 11th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) poses on the podium with lipstick marks on his face after winning the 11th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Nicola Boem crosses the finish line to win the 10th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.

Nicola Boem crosses the finish line to win the 10th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia.
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Spanish rider Alberto Contador gives a press conference on the eve of the start of the 98th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, on May 8, 2015 in San Lorenzo al Mare.

Spanish rider Alberto Contador gives a press conference on the eve of the start of the 98th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, on May 8, 2015 in San Lorenzo al Mare.

Never known to be low on drama, the Giro d'Italia delivered again in 2015 with three thrilling weeks of racing that saw forbidden help between countrymen on different teams, weather that tested the mettle and nerves of the riders, a past champion who rose to the occasion in the final week but fell just short of the podium, and a returning champion who was under threat from a younger up-and-coming rival.

From the opening team time trial in San Lorenzo al Mare to the incredibly cagey two-up sprint for the final stage win in Milan, the Italian Grand Tour provided plenty of compelling action.

In the end, it was Alberto Contador that went on to take the overall victory ahead of Astana teammates Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa.

Check out the photo gallery above for some of the best images from the this year's Giro d'Italia, featuring work from Bettini, Tim de Waele and Getty.

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