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Gallery: Giro d'Italia stars gather for 2016 route presentation in Milan

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Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan enjoying themselves at the Giro presentation

Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan enjoying themselves at the Giro presentation
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route presentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador

Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
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Brian Cookson at the 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

Brian Cookson at the 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
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Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert
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Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali
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Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan
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Ivan Basso says goodbye to racing

Ivan Basso says goodbye to racing
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Esteban Chaves

Esteban Chaves
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Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel
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Tom Dumoulin

Tom Dumoulin
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Elia Viviani and Marco Frapporti

Elia Viviani and Marco Frapporti
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
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Valverde, Nibali, Basso, Contador and Sagan at the 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

Valverde, Nibali, Basso, Contador and Sagan at the 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
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Brian Cookson and Renato Di Rocco

Brian Cookson and Renato Di Rocco
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Ivan Basso at the Giro presentation

Ivan Basso at the Giro presentation
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Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan
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Peter Sagan at the Giro presentation

Peter Sagan at the Giro presentation
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Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan

Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan
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Ivan Basso at the Giro presentation

Ivan Basso at the Giro presentation
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Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador
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Ivan Basso and Stefano Feltrin

Ivan Basso and Stefano Feltrin
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Alberto Contador hugs Ivan Basso after the Italian announced his retirement

Alberto Contador hugs Ivan Basso after the Italian announced his retirement
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation

The 2016 Giro d'Italia route persentation
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Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador flank Ivan Basson

Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador flank Ivan Basson
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Damiano Cunego

Damiano Cunego
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The stars of the Giro d'Italia past and future gathered in Milan on Monday to be the first to glimpse the route for the 2016 edition of the race - one that will begin in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands and conclude in Turin and offers up three time trials, seven mountain stages and seven days for the sprinters.

While Alberto Contador, the winner this year, will skip the time-trial heavy parcours and focus his efforts on the Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali seems to be set to aim for a second Giro victory.

The biggest news of the evening was the surprise retirement announcement from Ivan Basso.

The Italian has been struggling to regain the kind of form that led to his 2010 win in the Corsa Rosa, and after a cancer scare led to his early exit from the Tour de France he decided to hang up his wheels.

Also on hand were Marcel Kittel, who spoke about his move from Giant-Alpecin to Etixx-Quickstep, and new World Champion Peter Sagan, who spoke about how the rainbow jersey may or may not change his year.

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