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2016 Giro Rosa team presentation - Gallery

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Selfie time for Canyon-SRAM

Selfie time for Canyon-SRAM (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Bepink are presented to the crowd

Bepink are presented to the crowd (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Selfie time

Selfie time (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Anna Van Der Breggen and teammate Katarzyna Niewiadoma make a new friend

Anna Van Der Breggen and teammate Katarzyna Niewiadoma make a new friend (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The Cylance team is presented to the crowd

The Cylance team is presented to the crowd (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The Rabo-Liv team wait to be called onto the stage

The Rabo-Liv team wait to be called onto the stage (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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A flower bearer waits to be called onto the podium

A flower bearer waits to be called onto the podium (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The Boels Dolmans team went with a relaxed casual outfit for the team presentation

The Boels Dolmans team went with a relaxed casual outfit for the team presentation (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Valentina Scandolara (Cylance) with her rose

Valentina Scandolara (Cylance) with her rose (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Roses for the Cylance team

Roses for the Cylance team (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Lizzie Armitstead backstage

Lizzie Armitstead backstage (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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A relaxed entry for the Rab-Liv team

A relaxed entry for the Rab-Liv team (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Evie Stevens gets directions to the stage during the team presentation

Evie Stevens gets directions to the stage during the team presentation (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Each rider received a rose during the team presentation

Each rider received a rose during the team presentation (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The Giro Rosa will be Xirayas De San Luis' biggest race yet in its history

The Giro Rosa will be Xirayas De San Luis' biggest race yet in its history (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Late night treats at the team presentation

Late night treats at the team presentation (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Tiff Cromwell of Canyon-SRAM

Tiff Cromwell of Canyon-SRAM (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Bepink are presented to the crowd

Bepink are presented to the crowd (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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A fan watches from afar

A fan watches from afar (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Watching from the shadows

Watching from the shadows (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The Cylance team waits on a park bench

The Cylance team waits on a park bench (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The next Rabo-Liv team mascot

The next Rabo-Liv team mascot (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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An-Li Kachelhoffer chooses to stand as her teammates take a seat

An-Li Kachelhoffer chooses to stand as her teammates take a seat (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The Lotto-Soudal Ladies team wait to be called up onto the stage

The Lotto-Soudal Ladies team wait to be called up onto the stage (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The Canyon-SRAM rider walking to the team presentation

The Canyon-SRAM rider walking to the team presentation (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Barbara Guarischi chatting with her Canyon-SRAM teammates

Barbara Guarischi chatting with her Canyon-SRAM teammates (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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There's time for a few backstage laughs

There's time for a few backstage laughs (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Lotto-Soudal Ladies on stage

Lotto-Soudal Ladies on stage (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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A big crowd came out for the team presentation

A big crowd came out for the team presentation (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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The Top Girls Fassa Bortolo team look relaxed ahead of the presentation

The Top Girls Fassa Bortolo team look relaxed ahead of the presentation (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)

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