The sole women's grand tour on the calendar, the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile or Giro Rosa, kicks off on Friday with a 2km prologue in Gaiarine. On the eve of the race, the 23-squads who will participate in the 2016 Giro Rosa gathered in San Fior for the team presentation.
Defending champion Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv), world champion Lizzie Armitstead and WorldTour leader Megan Guarnier (both Boels-Dolmans) were all on hand at the presentation with Boels-Dolmans opting for casual wear while the majority of teams opted for jerseys.
While some riders indulged in selfies, others were making friends with dogs, and enjoying late night treats. Every single rider was presented with a rose as they were introduced to the crowds on the balmy evening with smiles aplenty.
Have a look through through the gallery above by either clicking or swiping and for a race preview of the 2016 Giro Rosa, click here.
2016 Giro d'Italia Femminile route:
Friday, July 1: Prologue: Gaiarine 2km
Saturday, July 2: Stage 1: Gaiarine – San Fior, 104km
Sunday, July 3: Stage 2: Tarcento – Montenars, 111.1km
Monday, July 4: Stage 3: Montagnana – Lendinara, 120km
Tuesday, July 5: Stage 4: Costa Volpino – Lovere, 98.5km
Wednesday, July 6: Stage 5: Grosio – Tirano, 77.5 km
Thursday, July 7: Stage 6: Andora – Alassio/Madonna della Guardia, 118.6km
Friday, July 8: Stage 7: Albisola Superiore – Varazze (individual TT), 21.9km
Saturday, July 9: Stage 8: Rescaldina – Legnano, 99.3km
Sunday, July 10: Stage 9: Verbania – Verbania, 104.8km
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