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Amsterdam turns pink for the Giro d'Italia

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Not long now.

Not long now.
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The Giro's prologue will start at the Museumplein in Amsterdam

The Giro's prologue will start at the Museumplein in Amsterdam
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Bikes are a part of daily life for the Dutch, though the pace of the local cyclists is unlikely to match that of the prologue winner

Bikes are a part of daily life for the Dutch, though the pace of the local cyclists is unlikely to match that of the prologue winner
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The Giro d'Italia is certainly being given a warm welcome in the Netherlands

The Giro d'Italia is certainly being given a warm welcome in the Netherlands
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There aren't many places in Amsterdam devoid of bicycles

There aren't many places in Amsterdam devoid of bicycles
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A week ago, the Dutch were celebrating Queensday draped in orange. This week, there's plenty of pink on the palette.

A week ago, the Dutch were celebrating Queensday draped in orange. This week, there's plenty of pink on the palette.
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Excitement is building ahead of the first Grand Tour of the year.

Excitement is building ahead of the first Grand Tour of the year.
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The Giro's start in Amsterdam follows the Vuelta's start in Assen last year, and precedes the Tour de France's start in Rotterdam

The Giro's start in Amsterdam follows the Vuelta's start in Assen last year, and precedes the Tour de France's start in Rotterdam
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The Giro d'Italia's Dutch HQ

The Giro d'Italia's Dutch HQ
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Amsterdam's topography will make for a fast prologue on Saturday.

Amsterdam's topography will make for a fast prologue on Saturday.
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'Giromania' has struck the Dutch capital

'Giromania' has struck the Dutch capital
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The Netherlands will host the first three days of the 93rd Giro d'Italia

The Netherlands will host the first three days of the 93rd Giro d'Italia
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The finish line for the 8.4km prologue is outside Amsterdam's Olympic stadium.

The finish line for the 8.4km prologue is outside Amsterdam's Olympic stadium.
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The Dutch capital of Amsterdam has been draped in pink as it prepares to host the start of the 2010 Giro d'Italia. The 93rd edition of the race will commence on Saturday with an 8.4 kilometre individual time trial from the city's museum square (Museumplein) to the stadium square, outside the 1928 Olympic Stadium.

Milram's Matthius Russ is scheduled to kick-off the time trial at 13:55 CET on Saturday, however, the German will be preceded by 19 year-old Jasper Ockeloen of the Rabobank Continental squad. The Dutch youngster has been given the honour of being the first to cut through what is bound to be a corridor of noise. André Greipel (HTC-Columbia) will be the last man to roll of the start ramp, at 17:34 CET.

At just 2 metres above sea level, the pan-flat stagal e 1 time triwill cater to the powerful time trial specialists in the peloton. The sprinters will also be hoping to challenge for victory as they look to secure a few days in the maglia rosa during the opening days of the race.

Cyclingnews will present live coverage of the prologue, as well as a full report, results, images and interviews after the race.