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A busy rest day at the Giro d'Italia - Gallery

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Fabio Aru's rest day press conference was held on the team bus

Fabio Aru's rest day press conference was held on the team bus (Image credit: UAE Team Emirates)
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Simon Yates faces questions from the press

Simon Yates faces questions from the press (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Simon Yates poses with his maglia rosa

Simon Yates poses with his maglia rosa (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Double stage winner Elia Viviani meets up with his girlfriend, the Canyon-SRAM rider Elena Cecchini

Double stage winner Elia Viviani meets up with his girlfriend, the Canyon-SRAM rider Elena Cecchini (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The UAE riders out for a spin

The UAE riders out for a spin (Image credit: UAE Team Emirates)
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A busy day for mechanics

A busy day for mechanics (Image credit: Team Sunweb)
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The Sunweb riders gathering pre-ride

The Sunweb riders gathering pre-ride (Image credit: Team Sunweb)
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Team staff were busy with preparations

Team staff were busy with preparations (Image credit: Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia - @WilierSelleIta)
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Koen Bouwman sits down with Dutch journalists

Koen Bouwman sits down with Dutch journalists (Image credit: LottoNL-Jumbo)
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Giovanni Visconti and Domenico Pozzovivo post-ride

Giovanni Visconti and Domenico Pozzovivo post-ride (Image credit: Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team)
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Bahrain-Merida mechanics hard at work

Bahrain-Merida mechanics hard at work (Image credit: Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team)
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Manuele Boaro looks like he sat out the ride

Manuele Boaro looks like he sat out the ride (Image credit: Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team)
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Bardiani-CSF's Giulio Ciccone joined a tribute to the 29 people who died in the Rigopiano avalanche of last year

Bardiani-CSF's Giulio Ciccone joined a tribute to the 29 people who died in the Rigopiano avalanche of last year (Image credit: Bardiani - CSF)
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The Astana team out for a spin

The Astana team out for a spin (Image credit: Astana Pro Team - @AstanaTeam)
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Miguel Angel Lopez with Pello Bilbao on Astana's ride

Miguel Angel Lopez with Pello Bilbao on Astana's ride (Image credit: Astana Pro Team - @AstanaTeam)
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Miguel Angel Lopez catches up on the day's news

Miguel Angel Lopez catches up on the day's news (Image credit: Astana Pro Team - @AstanaTeam)
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A change of sport entirely for the Quick-Step staff

A change of sport entirely for the Quick-Step staff (Image credit: Quick-Step Floors)
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A BMC mechanic tinkers with a rider's bars

A BMC mechanic tinkers with a rider's bars (Image credit: BMC Racing Team - @BMCProTeam)
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Important adjustments for Richard Carapaz, the best young rider so far

Important adjustments for Richard Carapaz, the best young rider so far (Image credit: Movistar Team - @Movistar_Team)
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The Mitchelton-Scott riders head out for a spin

The Mitchelton-Scott riders head out for a spin (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Simon Yates poses with his maglia rosa

Simon Yates poses with his maglia rosa (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Yates answering questions as the leader of the Giro d'Italia

Yates answering questions as the leader of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Esteban Chaves maintained his characteristic smile as he addressed the media

Esteban Chaves maintained his characteristic smile as he addressed the media (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The FDJ team found some gravel roads

The FDJ team found some gravel roads (Image credit: Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ - @GroupamaFDJ)
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Jeremy Roy capturing the moment

Jeremy Roy capturing the moment (Image credit: Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ - @GroupamaFDJ)
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The FDJ team head out for a spin

The FDJ team head out for a spin (Image credit: Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ - @GroupamaFDJ)
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The FDJ camp on rest day

The FDJ camp on rest day (Image credit: Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ - @GroupamaFDJ)
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(Image credit: Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ - @GroupamaFDJ)
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The Movistar riders ready to ride

The Movistar riders ready to ride (Image credit: Movistar Team - @Movistar_Team)
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Natnael Berhane enjoying the 'day off'

Natnael Berhane enjoying the 'day off' (Image credit: Dimension Data)

The 2018 Giro d'Italia stopped for its second rest day on the Adriatic coast on Monday, giving riders some downtime after the weekend's mountain stages. 

Of course, the rest day is the great misnomer of a Grand Tour, and the riders still had to kit up and clip in, almost everyone heading out on gentle rides to keep the legs ticking over.

The big names like maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) also had the extra task of meeting with the media, with rest days traditionally providing a chance for the main protagonists to sit down with the press and discuss the race and their prospects in greater depth. 

For the mechanics, soigneurs, and other members of team staff, rest days can be just as busy as race days, with plenty of preparation to be done. 

On top of the usual rest day fare there were some more unusual sights this year as Quick-Step staff went out for a game of five-a-side football, Fabio Aru staged a press conference on his team bus, and Giulio Ciccone attended a memorial for the 29 people who died in the Rigopiano avalanche tragedy of last year. 

Flick through the gallery above to see all the best photos from the Giro's second rest day.