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Gallery: Giro d'Italia pre-race press conference

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It's likely that one of these riders will win the 2013 Giro, but who will it be?

It's likely that one of these riders will win the 2013 Giro, but who will it be? (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BMC directeur sportif Max Sciandri and Taylor Phinney at the pre-Giro press conference in Naples

BMC directeur sportif Max Sciandri and Taylor Phinney at the pre-Giro press conference in Naples (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) at the pre-Giro press conference

Taylor Phinney (BMC) at the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Will this be Vincenzo Nibali's year to win the Giro?

Will this be Vincenzo Nibali's year to win the Giro? (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Giro's GC contenders field questions from the press

The Giro's GC contenders field questions from the press (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Giro's GC contenders face the press prior to the start of stage 1.

The Giro's GC contenders face the press prior to the start of stage 1. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Castel dell'Ovo in Naples was the host of the pre-Giro press conference

The Castel dell'Ovo in Naples was the host of the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) at the pre-Giro press conference

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) at the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal

Defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) at the pre-Giro press conference

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) at the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Who will lay claim to the 2013 Giro d'Italia?

Who will lay claim to the 2013 Giro d'Italia? (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) speaks to the press

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) speaks to the press (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish and Matt Goss ham it up

Mark Cavendish and Matt Goss ham it up (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)

French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) will make his Grand Tour debut at this year's Giro d'Italia

Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) will make his Grand Tour debut at this year's Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans (BMC)

Cadel Evans (BMC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins and Michele Scarponi at the pre-Giro press conference

Bradley Wiggins and Michele Scarponi at the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2012 Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) hopes to defend his title

2012 Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) hopes to defend his title (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Reigning Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal and current Tour champion Bradley Wiggins at the pre-Giro press conference in Naples

Reigning Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal and current Tour champion Bradley Wiggins at the pre-Giro press conference in Naples (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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There's no mistaking the Giro d'Italia trophy

There's no mistaking the Giro d'Italia trophy (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ryder Hesjedal arrives at the Castel dell'Ovo for the pre-Giro press conference in Naples

Ryder Hesjedal arrives at the Castel dell'Ovo for the pre-Giro press conference in Naples (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Robert Gesink arrives at the Castel dell'Ovo for the pre-Giro press conference

Robert Gesink arrives at the Castel dell'Ovo for the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali arrives at the Castel dell'Ovo for the pre-Giro press conference

Vincenzo Nibali arrives at the Castel dell'Ovo for the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The pre-Giro press conference took place in the Castel dell'Ovo in Naples

The pre-Giro press conference took place in the Castel dell'Ovo in Naples (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) is ready to roll

Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) is ready to roll (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali and Ryder Hesjedal check out the Giro winner's trophy

Vincenzo Nibali and Ryder Hesjedal check out the Giro winner's trophy (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)

Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans and Vincenzo Nibali share a chat

Cadel Evans and Vincenzo Nibali share a chat (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Italians Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani-CSF), Elia Viviani (Cannondale), Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack Leopard) at the pre-Giro press conference

Italians Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani-CSF), Elia Viviani (Cannondale), Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack Leopard) at the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Taylor Phinney's footwear choice for the pre-Giro press conference

Taylor Phinney's footwear choice for the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is a favourite for overall victory at the 2013 Giro

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is a favourite for overall victory at the 2013 Giro (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali arrives at the Castel dell'Ovo for the pre-Giro press conference

Vincenzo Nibali arrives at the Castel dell'Ovo for the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ryder Hesjedal, Bradley Wiggins and Michele Scarponi at the pre-Giro press conference

Ryder Hesjedal, Bradley Wiggins and Michele Scarponi at the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida)

Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A glorious day in Naples, two days prior to the start of the 2013 Giro d'Italia

A glorious day in Naples, two days prior to the start of the 2013 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A thumbs up from Vincenzo Nibali as he awaits the start of the 2013 Giro in Naples

A thumbs up from Vincenzo Nibali as he awaits the start of the 2013 Giro in Naples (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Robert Gesink (Blanco)

Robert Gesink (Blanco) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali, Ryder Hesjedal and Michele Scarponi all want their name inscribed on the Giro trophy as 2013 champion

Vincenzo Nibali, Ryder Hesjedal and Michele Scarponi all want their name inscribed on the Giro trophy as 2013 champion (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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L-R: Rafal Majka, Taylor Phinney, Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo at the pre-Giro press conference in Naples

L-R: Rafal Majka, Taylor Phinney, Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo at the pre-Giro press conference in Naples (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish will make his first Grand Tour start for Omega Pharma-QuickStep at the Giro

Mark Cavendish will make his first Grand Tour start for Omega Pharma-QuickStep at the Giro (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Look for French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) in stages ending with a sprint finish

Look for French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) in stages ending with a sprint finish (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) fields a question

Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) fields a question (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) is the defending Giro champion

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) is the defending Giro champion (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Garmin-Sharp's Ryder Hesjedal

Garmin-Sharp's Ryder Hesjedal (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) speaks to the press in Naples

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) speaks to the press in Naples (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has twice finished on the Giro's final podium, but still seeks his first overall victory

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has twice finished on the Giro's final podium, but still seeks his first overall victory (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Robert Gesink (Blanco)

Robert Gesink (Blanco) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is a favourite for overall victory at the 2013 Giro.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is a favourite for overall victory at the 2013 Giro. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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After becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins (Sky) hopes to do the same at the Giro d'Italia

After becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins (Sky) hopes to do the same at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Sirotti)
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2011 Giro champion Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida)

2011 Giro champion Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Defending Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp)

Defending Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Cadel Evans (BMC)

Cadel Evans (BMC) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is hoping for a podium finish at this year's Giro

Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is hoping for a podium finish at this year's Giro (Image credit: Sirotti)
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BMC team leader Cadel Evans

BMC team leader Cadel Evans (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Giro d'Italia trophy

The Giro d'Italia trophy (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Castel dell'Ovo in Naples was the site of the pre-Giro d'Italia press conference

The Castel dell'Ovo in Naples was the site of the pre-Giro d'Italia press conference (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) is making his Giro d'Italia debut

Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) is making his Giro d'Italia debut (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha)

Luca Paolini (Katusha) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) is about to start the second Giro of his career

Taylor Phinney (BMC) is about to start the second Giro of his career (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Darwin Atapuma (Colombia)

Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack Leopard)

Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack Leopard) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale), winner of the 2010 Baby Giro, is in good form prior to his second Giro d'Italia start

Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale), winner of the 2010 Baby Giro, is in good form prior to his second Giro d'Italia start (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Elia Viviani (Cannondale) seeks stage wins in the first Giro of his career

Elia Viviani (Cannondale) seeks stage wins in the first Giro of his career (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) was a stage winner and maglia rosa wearer at last year's Giro

Taylor Phinney (BMC) was a stage winner and maglia rosa wearer at last year's Giro (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish and Matt Goss speak to the press in Naples

Mark Cavendish and Matt Goss speak to the press in Naples (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Former teammates Mark Cavendish and Matt Goss share a laugh

Former teammates Mark Cavendish and Matt Goss share a laugh (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Giro d'Italia trophy on display in Naples

The Giro d'Italia trophy on display in Naples (Image credit: Sirotti)
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GC favourites Bradley Wiggins, Michele Scarponi and Robert Gesink at the pre-Giro press conference

GC favourites Bradley Wiggins, Michele Scarponi and Robert Gesink at the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The striking Giro d'Italia trophy

The striking Giro d'Italia trophy (Image credit: Sirotti)
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One of these riders is likely to win the 2013 Giro, but which one? L-R: Sammy Sanchez, Cadel Evans, Vincenzo Nibali, Ryder Hesjedal, Bradley Wiggins, Michele Scarponi and Robert Gesink

One of these riders is likely to win the 2013 Giro, but which one? L-R: Sammy Sanchez, Cadel Evans, Vincenzo Nibali, Ryder Hesjedal, Bradley Wiggins, Michele Scarponi and Robert Gesink (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) at the pre-Giro press conference in Naples

Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) at the pre-Giro press conference in Naples (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) at the pre-Giro press conference

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) at the pre-Giro press conference (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) won the mountains classification at the 2012 Giro

Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) won the mountains classification at the 2012 Giro (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) has won two Giro stages thus far in his career

Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) has won two Giro stages thus far in his career (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Ji Cheng (Argos-Shimano) will make history as the first rider from China to contest the Giro d'Italia

Ji Cheng (Argos-Shimano) will make history as the first rider from China to contest the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Sirotti)
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It's Giro d'Italia time!

It's Giro d'Italia time! (Image credit: Sirotti)

As the start of the Giro d'Italia rapidly approaches on Saturday, the stars of the Giro d'Italia peloton gathered today in Naples for a pre-race press conference at the Castel dell'Ovo.

Defending champion Ryder Hesjedal along with fellow general classification contenders Bradley Wiggins, Vincenzo Nibali, Michele Scarponi, Sammy Sanchez, Robert Gesink and Cadel Evans appeared together on stage, all eager to add their name to the Giro trophy as 2013 champion.

The peloton's fast men such as Mark Cavendish, Matt Goss, Nacer Bouhanni and Elia Viviani fielded questions, too, as well as other likely candidates for Giro stage wins such as Taylor Phinney and Giovanni Visconti.

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