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Giro d'Italia 2018 countdown: 6 days to go - Retro gallery

Giro d'Italia 2018 countdown: 6 days to go - Retro gallery
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A sign on the road remembering Wouter Weylandt who tragically died during the 2011 Giro d'Italia

A sign on the road remembering Wouter Weylandt who tragically died during the 2011 Giro d'Italia
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The most costly wheel change for Richie Porte in 2015

The most costly wheel change for Richie Porte in 2015
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Alberto Contador heads to hospital after dislocating his shoulder during the 2015 Giro d'Italia

Alberto Contador heads to hospital after dislocating his shoulder during the 2015 Giro d'Italia
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Despite plenty of travails, Alberto Contador wins the 2015 Giro d'Italia

Despite plenty of travails, Alberto Contador wins the 2015 Giro d'Italia
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Nairo Quintana leads compatriot Rigoberto Uran up the Monte Zoncolan at the 2014 Giro d'Italia

Nairo Quintana leads compatriot Rigoberto Uran up the Monte Zoncolan at the 2014 Giro d'Italia
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The snow-covered descent of the Stelvio in 2014, look closely enough and you can see the red flag

The snow-covered descent of the Stelvio in 2014, look closely enough and you can see the red flag
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Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 20 of the 2013 Giro d'Italia and claims overall victory

Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 20 of the 2013 Giro d'Italia and claims overall victory
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Michele Scarponi completes the 2012 prologue in pink after Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2011 victory

Michele Scarponi completes the 2012 prologue in pink after Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2011 victory
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Cadel Evans wins a muddy stage 7 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia

Cadel Evans wins a muddy stage 7 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia
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Alberto Contador struggles on the Colle delle Finestre in 2015 but keeps the pink jersey

Alberto Contador struggles on the Colle delle Finestre in 2015 but keeps the pink jersey
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Iljo Keisse claimed a rare breakaway win on the final stage of the 2015 Giro d'Italia

Iljo Keisse claimed a rare breakaway win on the final stage of the 2015 Giro d'Italia
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Mikel Landa gets some assistance before abandoning the 2016 Giro d'Italia on stage 10

Mikel Landa gets some assistance before abandoning the 2016 Giro d'Italia on stage 10
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Taylor Phinney wears pink during the 2012 Giro d'Italia

Taylor Phinney wears pink during the 2012 Giro d'Italia
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A muddy trip on the strade bianche at the 2010 Giro d'Italia

A muddy trip on the strade bianche at the 2010 Giro d'Italia
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Ryder Hesjedal becomes the first Canadian Grand Tour winner at the 2012 Giro d'Italia

Ryder Hesjedal becomes the first Canadian Grand Tour winner at the 2012 Giro d'Italia
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Fernando Gaviria racked up a whopping four stage wins at the 2017 Giro

Fernando Gaviria racked up a whopping four stage wins at the 2017 Giro
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Geraint Thomas talks to the press after being in a crash caused by a motorbike on stage 9 of the 2017 race

Geraint Thomas talks to the press after being in a crash caused by a motorbike on stage 9 of the 2017 race
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Tom Dumoulin wins the 2017 Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin wins the 2017 Giro d'Italia
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Vincenzo Nibali attacks on stage 20 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia, en-route to overall victory

Vincenzo Nibali attacks on stage 20 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia, en-route to overall victory
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A distraught Steven Kruijswijk after he loses the pink jersey due to a crash on stage 19 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

A distraught Steven Kruijswijk after he loses the pink jersey due to a crash on stage 19 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia GC favourites climb the Colle dell’Agnello on stage 19

The 2016 Giro d'Italia GC favourites climb the Colle dell’Agnello on stage 19
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Germany's Jan Ullrich during the

Germany's Jan Ullrich during the
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No time for the Giro peloton to enjoy the stunning view.

No time for the Giro peloton to enjoy the stunning view.
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You can't race the Giro without your fair share of tunnels to negotiate.

You can't race the Giro without your fair share of tunnels to negotiate.
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Alberto Contador partakes of a strawberry milkshake at the Giro.

Alberto Contador partakes of a strawberry milkshake at the Giro.
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Giro leader Alberto Contador tackles the Plan de Corones mountain time trial, conducted on a dirt road.

Giro leader Alberto Contador tackles the Plan de Corones mountain time trial, conducted on a dirt road.
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The Giro peloton bombs a descent

The Giro peloton bombs a descent
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Riders make their way from Verona to Alpe di Pampeago during stage 14 of the 2008 Giro.

Riders make their way from Verona to Alpe di Pampeago during stage 14 of the 2008 Giro.
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The devil is a frequent visitor to the Giro d'Italia as well as the Tour de France.

The devil is a frequent visitor to the Giro d'Italia as well as the Tour de France.
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Mark Cavendish won his first ever Grand Tour stage during the 2008 Giro d'Italia.

Mark Cavendish won his first ever Grand Tour stage during the 2008 Giro d'Italia.
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The Giro peloton passes a sea of poppies.

The Giro peloton passes a sea of poppies.
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Giovanni Visconti has spent some time in the maglia rosa.

Giovanni Visconti has spent some time in the maglia rosa.
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Italy's Alessandro Bertolini shows the emotion involved with winning a stage in one's home Grand Tour.

Italy's Alessandro Bertolini shows the emotion involved with winning a stage in one's home Grand Tour.
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2007 Giro champion Danilo Di Luca in a sea of pink confetti.

2007 Giro champion Danilo Di Luca in a sea of pink confetti.
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Alessandro Petacchi was no stranger to stage victories in his home Grand Tour.

Alessandro Petacchi was no stranger to stage victories in his home Grand Tour.
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If push comes to shove, this could probably serve as a neutral bike for someone in the Giro peloton.

If push comes to shove, this could probably serve as a neutral bike for someone in the Giro peloton.
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The high mountains in the Giro frequently mean cold, snowy weather.

The high mountains in the Giro frequently mean cold, snowy weather.
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Bradley Wiggins blazes to victory in the opening stage of the 2010 Giro d'Italia on the streets of Amsterdam.

Bradley Wiggins blazes to victory in the opening stage of the 2010 Giro d'Italia on the streets of Amsterdam.
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Tifosi are out in force to witness the unique spectacle of the dirt road Plan de Corones mountain time trial.

Tifosi are out in force to witness the unique spectacle of the dirt road Plan de Corones mountain time trial.
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The Giro d'Italia parcours brings the peloton through beautiful villages throughout the country.

The Giro d'Italia parcours brings the peloton through beautiful villages throughout the country.
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The 2013 Giro d'Italia will pay tribute to Marco Pantani, shown here in the maglia rosa at the 1999 edition.

The 2013 Giro d'Italia will pay tribute to Marco Pantani, shown here in the maglia rosa at the 1999 edition.
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Fifteen years after Marco Pantani attacked on the Galibier (pictured) to set up his 1998 Tour de France victory, the Giro d'Italia pays tribute with a summit finish on the Galibier.

Fifteen years after Marco Pantani attacked on the Galibier (pictured) to set up his 1998 Tour de France victory, the Giro d'Italia pays tribute with a summit finish on the Galibier.
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The Giro peloton races past an old Roman amphitheater in the northern Croatian Adriatic town of Pula.

The Giro peloton races past an old Roman amphitheater in the northern Croatian Adriatic town of Pula.
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A historic day for Canada as Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) has won the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

A historic day for Canada as Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) has won the 2012 Giro d'Italia.
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Another day in Italy, another day of stunning scenery at the Giro d'Italia.

Another day in Italy, another day of stunning scenery at the Giro d'Italia.
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The multi-talented Adriano Malori plays the accordion while resplendent in the maglia rosa.

The multi-talented Adriano Malori plays the accordion while resplendent in the maglia rosa.
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RadioShack-Nissan riders observe a minute of silence at the 2012 Giro in memory of Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt.

RadioShack-Nissan riders observe a minute of silence at the 2012 Giro in memory of Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt.
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) won the opening stage of the 2012 Giro, the young American's first Grand Tour stage victory, and earned the maglia rosa.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) won the opening stage of the 2012 Giro, the young American's first Grand Tour stage victory, and earned the maglia rosa.
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The white gravel roads of Italy make for unique racing at the Giro d'Italia.

The white gravel roads of Italy make for unique racing at the Giro d'Italia.
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The Leopard Trek team, along with Tyler Farrar, pay tribute to fallen colleague Wouter Weyland, who died in a crash the day before at the 2011 Giro.

The Leopard Trek team, along with Tyler Farrar, pay tribute to fallen colleague Wouter Weyland, who died in a crash the day before at the 2011 Giro.
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David Arroyo Duran (Caisse D'epargne) crosses the finnish line of the 2010 Giro of Italia in the Arena of Verona

David Arroyo Duran (Caisse D'epargne) crosses the finnish line of the 2010 Giro of Italia in the Arena of Verona
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Stefano Garzelli, king of the 2010 Plan de Corones mountain time trial.

Stefano Garzelli, king of the 2010 Plan de Corones mountain time trial.
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 Riccardo Ricco' (R) crosses the finish line in front of Leonardo Piepoli.

Riccardo Ricco' (R) crosses the finish line in front of Leonardo Piepoli.
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Italy's history is never far from the Giro parcours.

Italy's history is never far from the Giro parcours.
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Absolute pandemonium took place at the finish of stage 11 in the 2007 Giro where rain-slickened streets causes scores of riders to slide, rather than ride, across the line.

Absolute pandemonium took place at the finish of stage 11 in the 2007 Giro where rain-slickened streets causes scores of riders to slide, rather than ride, across the line.
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A stage for the ages - world champion Cadel Evans and Alexander Vinokourov on the muddy strade bianche during the 2010 Giro.

A stage for the ages - world champion Cadel Evans and Alexander Vinokourov on the muddy strade bianche during the 2010 Giro.
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There never seems to be a shortage of cycling statuary along the Giro d'Italia route.

There never seems to be a shortage of cycling statuary along the Giro d'Italia route.
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Italian president Giorgio Napolitano applauds 2009 Giro d'Italia champion Denis Menchov.

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano applauds 2009 Giro d'Italia champion Denis Menchov.
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Alberto Contador has finished the final stage of the 2008 Giro d'Italia and celebrates his overall victory.

Alberto Contador has finished the final stage of the 2008 Giro d'Italia and celebrates his overall victory.
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Approximately two weeks after Mark Cavendish won his first ever Grand Tour stage in the 2008 Giro, Andre Greipel did as well during stage 17 with Cavendish completing the High Road 1-2 finish.

Approximately two weeks after Mark Cavendish won his first ever Grand Tour stage in the 2008 Giro, Andre Greipel did as well during stage 17 with Cavendish completing the High Road 1-2 finish.
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Probably more than a few members of the Giro d'Italia peloton would like the keys to this Ferrari.

Probably more than a few members of the Giro d'Italia peloton would like the keys to this Ferrari.
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Marco Pinotti slips into the maglia rosa after stage 8 of the 2007 Giro d'Italia.

Marco Pinotti slips into the maglia rosa after stage 8 of the 2007 Giro d'Italia.
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Alessandro Petacchi has won 22 Giro d'Italia stages in his career.

Alessandro Petacchi has won 22 Giro d'Italia stages in his career.
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Giro d'Italia leader Ivan Basso pays his respects at the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel.

Giro d'Italia leader Ivan Basso pays his respects at the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel.
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The 2006 Giro d'Italia podium (L-R): Gilberto Simoni, 3rd; Ivan Basso, 1st; José Enrique Gutiérrez, 2nd

The 2006 Giro d'Italia podium (L-R): Gilberto Simoni, 3rd; Ivan Basso, 1st; José Enrique Gutiérrez, 2nd
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There's usually never a shortage of sun and scenery during the Giro d'Italia.

There's usually never a shortage of sun and scenery during the Giro d'Italia.
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The Giro peloton negotiates a switchback during stage 10 of the 2006 edition.

The Giro peloton negotiates a switchback during stage 10 of the 2006 edition.
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Nobody's won more Giro d'Italia stages than Mario Cipollini, shown here resplendent in zebra-striped Acqua & Sapone kit.

Nobody's won more Giro d'Italia stages than Mario Cipollini, shown here resplendent in zebra-striped Acqua & Sapone kit.
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Maglia rosa wearer Vincenzo Nibali would lose the Giro lead at the 2010 edition on the treacherously slick strade bianche.

Maglia rosa wearer Vincenzo Nibali would lose the Giro lead at the 2010 edition on the treacherously slick strade bianche.
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In 2010, one year after a devastating earthquake in the Abruzzo region, the effects were still very much apparent.

In 2010, one year after a devastating earthquake in the Abruzzo region, the effects were still very much apparent.
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Danilo Di Luca in the maglia rosa during the 2007 Giro, which the Italian won overall.

Danilo Di Luca in the maglia rosa during the 2007 Giro, which the Italian won overall.
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Stunning scenery on Sardinia during the 2007 Giro d'Italia.

Stunning scenery on Sardinia during the 2007 Giro d'Italia.
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Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) eyes world champion Paolo Bettini (QuickStep) during the team presentaitons for the 2007 Giro, which took place on an aircraft carrier off of Sardinia.

Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) eyes world champion Paolo Bettini (QuickStep) during the team presentaitons for the 2007 Giro, which took place on an aircraft carrier off of Sardinia.
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While racing in the high mountains at the Giro, passes are frequently still lined with snow.

While racing in the high mountains at the Giro, passes are frequently still lined with snow.
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One day after the birth of his son Santiago, Ivan Basso pays tribute with a stage win at the Giro.

One day after the birth of his son Santiago, Ivan Basso pays tribute with a stage win at the Giro.
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The Giro peloton negotiates a stage in the Italian Alps.

The Giro peloton negotiates a stage in the Italian Alps.
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The Giro d'Italia peloton rolls along amidst a terraced hillside.

The Giro d'Italia peloton rolls along amidst a terraced hillside.
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Ivan Basso time trials past the leaning tower of Pisa.

Ivan Basso time trials past the leaning tower of Pisa.
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The Giro peloton rides on the legendary Spa Francochamps circuit, home of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix.

The Giro peloton rides on the legendary Spa Francochamps circuit, home of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix.
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The early stages of the 2006 Giro d'Italia took place in Belgium.

The early stages of the 2006 Giro d'Italia took place in Belgium.
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Aussie Robbie McEwen won 12 Giro d'Italia stages during his career.

Aussie Robbie McEwen won 12 Giro d'Italia stages during his career.
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Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) outsprints Francesco Casagrande to win stage 2 of the 2002 Giro, a victory which moved Garzelli into the maglia rosa.

Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) outsprints Francesco Casagrande to win stage 2 of the 2002 Giro, a victory which moved Garzelli into the maglia rosa.
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The countdown to the Giro d’Italia continues with the official start in Jerusalem less than a week away.

Organisers RCS have lived up to their reputation by delivering a spectacular route with climbs such as the Monte Zoncolan set to shape the fight for the overall classification.

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) returns to the race to defend his title but he will be up against the four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Team Sky), who is attempting the Giro-Tour double this season. There are a whole host of other pretenders to the throne with Miguel Angel Lopez heading up Astana’s challenge, while Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates are there for Mitchelton-Scott. George Bennet (LottoNL-Jumbo), Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac) and Domenico Pozzovivio (Bahrain-Merida) will also be ones to watch.

This is the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia and Cyclingnews has delved into the archives and put together some images from the past 20 years of the race.