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Gallery: The epic weather of the Giro d'Italia

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Cadel falls into the arms of his team at Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Cadel falls into the arms of his team at Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky were again forced to wait for a sick Wiggins on stage 12

Team Sky were again forced to wait for a sick Wiggins on stage 12 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Adam Hansen hangs on for a deserved win on stage 7

Adam Hansen hangs on for a deserved win on stage 7 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A marked Vincenzo Nibali leads the GC contenders

A marked Vincenzo Nibali leads the GC contenders (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton tackle the Col du Galibier on stage 14

The peloton tackle the Col du Galibier on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marco Pantani was in the minds of many on stage 14

Marco Pantani was in the minds of many on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Movistar's Giovanni Visconti produced a superb stage-winning performance

Movistar's Giovanni Visconti produced a superb stage-winning performance (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giovanni Visconti can't stand after his win on stage 14

Giovanni Visconti can't stand after his win on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giovanni Visconti can't stand after his win on stage 14

Giovanni Visconti can't stand after his win on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giovanni Visconti put in a superb ride on stage 14

Giovanni Visconti put in a superb ride on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton ride towards the Galibier

The peloton ride towards the Galibier (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The snow capped mountains surround the peloton

The snow capped mountains surround the peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) leads the Giro peloton

Luca Paolini (Katusha) leads the Giro peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton tapped out a gentle pace at the start of stage 14

The peloton tapped out a gentle pace at the start of stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre) rides alongside Bentancur as the snow begins to fall

Michele Scarponi (Lampre) rides alongside Bentancur as the snow begins to fall (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans glues himself onto Nibali's wheel

Cadel Evans glues himself onto Nibali's wheel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Damiano Caruso (Cannondale Pro Cycling) rides to 12th place on the Galibier

Damiano Caruso (Cannondale Pro Cycling) rides to 12th place on the Galibier (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Visconti is barely visible as he heads towards a famous victory

Visconti is barely visible as he heads towards a famous victory (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) suffers on the Galibier

Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) suffers on the Galibier (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi picks his line

Michele Scarponi picks his line (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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He crashed in the rain but Nibali was already riding like a favourite on stage 7

He crashed in the rain but Nibali was already riding like a favourite on stage 7 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish takes his 100th road win in the rain on stage 12

Mark Cavendish takes his 100th road win in the rain on stage 12 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton endured more bad weather on stage 12

The peloton endured more bad weather on stage 12 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Omega Pharma Quick Step set the pace for Mark Cavendish as the rain continues to fall on stage 12

Omega Pharma Quick Step set the pace for Mark Cavendish as the rain continues to fall on stage 12 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) was too good

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) was too good (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Club 100: Cavendish picked up his 100th win at the Giro d'Italia

Club 100: Cavendish picked up his 100th win at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The late break on stage 12

The late break on stage 12 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins conceded more time on stage 12

Bradley Wiggins conceded more time on stage 12 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) celebrates

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) celebrates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Benat Intxausti (Movistar) leads the GC riders on stage 7

Benat Intxausti (Movistar) leads the GC riders on stage 7 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) chases after a crash on stage 7

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) chases after a crash on stage 7 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky were forced to wait for Wiggins after the Tour winner crashed and was dropped in the rain

Team Sky were forced to wait for Wiggins after the Tour winner crashed and was dropped in the rain (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) Giro hopes started to fall apart on stage 7

Bradley Wiggins' (Team Sky) Giro hopes started to fall apart on stage 7 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabio Aru (Astana) takes a tumble on the road to Pescara

Fabio Aru (Astana) takes a tumble on the road to Pescara (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) pulls the strings

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) pulls the strings (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) lost his maglia rosa on stage 7

Luca Paolini (Katusha) lost his maglia rosa on stage 7 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) manages to avoid a fallen Movistar rider

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) manages to avoid a fallen Movistar rider (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky lead the chase in vain with Wiggins losing valuable time

Team Sky lead the chase in vain with Wiggins losing valuable time (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The favourites approach the final stretches of the Galibier together

The favourites approach the final stretches of the Galibier together (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is about to attack

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is about to attack (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali is followed by his rivals on the Galibier

Nibali is followed by his rivals on the Galibier (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton climb the slopes of the Jafferau

The peloton climb the slopes of the Jafferau (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Matteo Trentin (OPQS) leads the break on stage 14

Matteo Trentin (OPQS) leads the break on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky set the pace for Uran on stage 14

Team Sky set the pace for Uran on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Danilo Di Luca sets the pace on stage 14. Days later he was out of the race after a positive test

Danilo Di Luca sets the pace on stage 14. Days later he was out of the race after a positive test (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) rides towards glory at Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) rides towards glory at Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre - Merida) shows the strain

Michele Scarponi (Lampre - Merida) shows the strain (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R - La Mondiale) finds some shelter

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R - La Mondiale) finds some shelter (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) battles the elements and the peloton

Cadel Evans (BMC) battles the elements and the peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) signs in on stage 20

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) signs in on stage 20 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabio Aru (Astana) is a star for the future

Fabio Aru (Astana) is a star for the future (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) had mechanical problems on stage 20

Cadel Evans (BMC) had mechanical problems on stage 20 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali asks his teammate to sit up after a punishing attack

Nibali asks his teammate to sit up after a punishing attack (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) suffers in the snow

Cadel Evans (BMC) suffers in the snow (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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One fan gives a rider a push on the final climb during stage 20

One fan gives a rider a push on the final climb during stage 20 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) wins his second Giro stage

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) wins his second Giro stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Riders struggle on the Jafferau on stage 14

Riders struggle on the Jafferau on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre - Merida) shows his feelings on the Jafferau

Michele Scarponi (Lampre - Merida) shows his feelings on the Jafferau (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) leads his boss

Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) leads his boss (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Leaving the mountains on stage 16

Leaving the mountains on stage 16 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Epic scenes as the peloton ride from Valloire - Ivrea

Epic scenes as the peloton ride from Valloire - Ivrea (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Epic scenes as the peloton ride from Valloire - Ivrea

Epic scenes as the peloton ride from Valloire - Ivrea (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Astana set the pace for Nibali

Astana set the pace for Nibali (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Astana control the peloton during the early stages from Valloire to Ivrea

Astana control the peloton during the early stages from Valloire to Ivrea (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in pink on the road to Ivrea

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in pink on the road to Ivrea (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton snake their way along a mountain pass towards Ivrea

The peloton snake their way along a mountain pass towards Ivrea (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Astana set the pace for Nibali on stage 16

Astana set the pace for Nibali on stage 16 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) riders away from his rivals on the road to Bardonecchia

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) riders away from his rivals on the road to Bardonecchia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) leads the way on stage 14

Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) leads the way on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Riders battle with the weather and the gradient on stage 14

Riders battle with the weather and the gradient on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Heavy rain played was a factor on stage 14

Heavy rain played was a factor on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) drives the break towards the Jafferau

Luca Paolini (Katusha) drives the break towards the Jafferau (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans was forced on the defensive on stage 14

Cadel Evans was forced on the defensive on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) won the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia, finishing first atop the Jafferau

Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) won the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia, finishing first atop the Jafferau (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans rides through the rain on the Jafferau

Cadel Evans rides through the rain on the Jafferau (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi shivers in the cold after an epic stage

Michele Scarponi shivers in the cold after an epic stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

While mountains summit were scrapped and one stage utterly nullified due to the weather, this year’s Giro d’Italia still produced some of the most memorable racing scenes in recent history.