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A day of press conferences at the Giro d'Italia - Gallery

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Reporters ask questions of the Giant-Alpecin riders.

Reporters ask questions of the Giant-Alpecin riders.
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Astana riders gather for photos

Astana riders gather for photos
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Mauro Vegni of RCS Sport and Vincenzo Nibali of Astana greet each other at Wednesday's pre-Giro press conference.

Mauro Vegni of RCS Sport and Vincenzo Nibali of Astana greet each other at Wednesday's pre-Giro press conference.
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Reporters zero in at the Team Sky press conference.

Reporters zero in at the Team Sky press conference.
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Lights! Camera! Action! Team Sky riders pose for photos at Wednesday's press conference.

Lights! Camera! Action! Team Sky riders pose for photos at Wednesday's press conference.
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Jacob Fuglsang listens to a question at the Astana press conference.

Jacob Fuglsang listens to a question at the Astana press conference.
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Michele Scarponi answers a question at the Astana press conference.

Michele Scarponi answers a question at the Astana press conference.
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Vincenzo Nibali is going into the 2016 Giro as a top favourite.

Vincenzo Nibali is going into the 2016 Giro as a top favourite.
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Jacob Fuglsang listens to a question at the Astana press conference.

Jacob Fuglsang listens to a question at the Astana press conference.
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Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev answers a question at the Astana press conference.

Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev answers a question at the Astana press conference.
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Vincenzo Nibali at Wednesday's pre-Giro press conference.

Vincenzo Nibali at Wednesday's pre-Giro press conference.
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Vincenzo Nibali at Wednesday's pre-Giro press conference.

Vincenzo Nibali at Wednesday's pre-Giro press conference.
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Vincenzo Nibali waits for the press conference to start.

Vincenzo Nibali waits for the press conference to start.
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Domenico Pozzovivo answers a question at the AG2R press conference.

Domenico Pozzovivo answers a question at the AG2R press conference.
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Mikel Landa will be carrying Team Sky's general classification hopes at the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Mikel Landa will be carrying Team Sky's general classification hopes at the 2016 Giro d'Italia
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Mikel Landa will be carrying Team Sky's general classification hopes at the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Mikel Landa will be carrying Team Sky's general classification hopes at the 2016 Giro d'Italia
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Mikel Landa will be carrying Team Sky's general classification hopes at the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Mikel Landa will be carrying Team Sky's general classification hopes at the 2016 Giro d'Italia
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Elia Viviani and Mikel Landa at the Team Sky press conference.

Elia Viviani and Mikel Landa at the Team Sky press conference.
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Dario Cioni (Team Sky)

Dario Cioni (Team Sky)
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 Mikel Landa (Team Sky) waits for the press conference.

Mikel Landa (Team Sky) waits for the press conference.
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Mauro Vegni of RCS Sport and Vincenzo Nibali of Astana greet each other at Wednesday's pre-Giro press conference.

Mauro Vegni of RCS Sport and Vincenzo Nibali of Astana greet each other at Wednesday's pre-Giro press conference.
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Jacob Fuglsang, Michele Scarponi, Vincenzo Nibali and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev

Jacob Fuglsang, Michele Scarponi, Vincenzo Nibali and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev
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Cannondale Pro Cycling's Riogoberto Uran.

Cannondale Pro Cycling's Riogoberto Uran.
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Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom - RusVelo)

Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom - RusVelo)
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Davide Formolo (Cannondale)

Davide Formolo (Cannondale)
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Cannondale Pro Cycling's Riogoberto Uran.

Cannondale Pro Cycling's Riogoberto Uran.
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Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel.

Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel.
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Domenico Pozzovivo answers a question at the AG2R press conference.

Domenico Pozzovivo answers a question at the AG2R press conference.
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AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo and Jean Christophe Peraud

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo and Jean Christophe Peraud
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Tom Dumoulin at the Giant-Alpecin press conference.

Tom Dumoulin at the Giant-Alpecin press conference.
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Giant-Alpecin riders answers questions during Wednesday's press conference.

Giant-Alpecin riders answers questions during Wednesday's press conference.
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Tom Dumoulin was center stage at the Giant-Alpecin press conference.

Tom Dumoulin was center stage at the Giant-Alpecin press conference.
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Tom Dumoulin was center stage at the Giant-Alpecin press conference.

Tom Dumoulin was center stage at the Giant-Alpecin press conference.
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Chad Haga was one of six Giant-Alpecin riders involved in collision with an auto while training this spring, but he's back for his second Giro d'Italia.

Chad Haga was one of six Giant-Alpecin riders involved in collision with an auto while training this spring, but he's back for his second Giro d'Italia.
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Tom Dumoulin waits for the start of Wednesday's press conference.

Tom Dumoulin waits for the start of Wednesday's press conference.
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Giant-Alpecin riders at the press conference.

Giant-Alpecin riders at the press conference.
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Reporters ask questions at the AG2R press conference.

Reporters ask questions at the AG2R press conference.
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Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)
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Domenico Pozzovivo answers a question at the AG2R press conference.

Domenico Pozzovivo answers a question at the AG2R press conference.
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Tom Dumoulin laughs with reporters at the Giant-Alpecin press conference.

Tom Dumoulin laughs with reporters at the Giant-Alpecin press conference.
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Sprinter Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) will be looking for stage wins at the 2016 Giro.

Sprinter Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) will be looking for stage wins at the 2016 Giro.
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Tim Wellens and Andre Greipel represented Lotto Soudal at the press conference.

Tim Wellens and Andre Greipel represented Lotto Soudal at the press conference.
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A video camera captures the scene at Wednesday's press conference

A video camera captures the scene at Wednesday's press conference
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Jean Christophe Peraud at Wednesday's press conference

Jean Christophe Peraud at Wednesday's press conference
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AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo
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AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo and Jean Christophe Peraud

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo and Jean Christophe Peraud
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AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo and Jean Christophe Peraud at the Giro press conference

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo and Jean Christophe Peraud at the Giro press conference
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Tim Wellens represented Lotto Soudal at the press conference.

Tim Wellens represented Lotto Soudal at the press conference.
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Andre Geipel answers a question at Wednesday's press conference.

Andre Geipel answers a question at Wednesday's press conference.
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Andre Geipel answers a question at Wednesday's press conference.

Andre Geipel answers a question at Wednesday's press conference.
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Tim Wellens answers a question at the press conference.

Tim Wellens answers a question at the press conference.
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Andre Geipel answers a question at Wednesday's press conference.

Andre Geipel answers a question at Wednesday's press conference.
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Tim Wellens and Andre Greipel represented Lotto Soudal at the press conference.

Tim Wellens and Andre Greipel represented Lotto Soudal at the press conference.
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Jean Christophe Peraud at Wednesday's press conference

Jean Christophe Peraud at Wednesday's press conference
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With the start of the 2016 Giro d'Italia quickly approaching on Friday in Appledoorn, riders gathered today in front of the media in almost cattle-call fashion as one squad after another took the dais at the Apeldoorn Omnisport to answer questions and comment on the race. 

Riders used the occasion to in turns downplay expectations, talk about their confidence going into the race, face up to the pressure of being a veteran and a favourite or talk about their goals as their young career develops. Most hold their cards close to their chest as the the eve of the race nears.

Check out the photo gallery above for a look at today's media events. 

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