All riders fit to start

All 198 riders have been declared fit to start the Giro d'Italia after passing the usual pre-race blood controls by the UCI. The controls were carried out in the team's hotels in Southern Belgium on Thursday morning between 7.15 and 9.30am. In previous years, some riders were denied the start at the Giro - in 2004, Jure Golcer and Uberlino Mesa could not participate; in 2005 it was Nuno Ribeiro.

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