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Gallery: Riders recon Giro d'Italia stage 1 time trial route

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Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) will be the final man to start on Saturday in the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial.

Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) will be the final man to start on Saturday in the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi scouts the prologue course

Euskaltel-Euskadi scouts the prologue course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rabobank heads onto the course

Rabobank heads onto the course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC) fine tunes his time trial position for the Giro d'Italia prologue

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) fine tunes his time trial position for the Giro d'Italia prologue (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Giovanni Visconti and Movistar on the Herning Giro prologue course

Giovanni Visconti and Movistar on the Herning Giro prologue course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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AG2R La Mondiale is chased by some fans in Herning

AG2R La Mondiale is chased by some fans in Herning (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Omega Pharma-Quickstep takes a look at the Herning prologue course

Omega Pharma-Quickstep takes a look at the Herning prologue course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Garmin-Barracuda was just one of several teams scouting the prologue course

Garmin-Barracuda was just one of several teams scouting the prologue course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The prologue course of the Giro d'Italia is well marked

The prologue course of the Giro d'Italia is well marked (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini) takes his time trial bike out for a spin on the prologue course

Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini) takes his time trial bike out for a spin on the prologue course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Androni-Venezuela team gathers at the Giro's prologue course

The Androni-Venezuela team gathers at the Giro's prologue course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Michele Scarponi and the Lampre-ISD team scouts the prologue

Michele Scarponi and the Lampre-ISD team scouts the prologue (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Herning, Denmark welcomes the Giro d'Italia for the Italian Grand Tour's first three stages.

Herning, Denmark welcomes the Giro d'Italia for the Italian Grand Tour's first three stages. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) tested his full TT rig on the Herning prologue course

Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) tested his full TT rig on the Herning prologue course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) was too quick for his moto.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) was too quick for his moto. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda)

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Roman Kreuziger (Astana)

Roman Kreuziger (Astana) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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More souvenirs

More souvenirs (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Pink is the official color of the Giro's arrival

Pink is the official color of the Giro's arrival (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Giro d'Italia in Herning, Denmark

The Giro d'Italia in Herning, Denmark (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Giro d'Italia icon

The Giro d'Italia icon (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rabobank pauses for an adjustment during prologue recon

Rabobank pauses for an adjustment during prologue recon (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Herning rolled out the pink carpet for Androni-Venezuela

Herning rolled out the pink carpet for Androni-Venezuela (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Michele Scarponi and the Lampre-ISD boys

Michele Scarponi and the Lampre-ISD boys (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The official 2012 Giro d'Italia souvenirs

The official 2012 Giro d'Italia souvenirs (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Daniele Bennati (Radioshack-Nissan) is looking to be near the top in the Giro prologue

Daniele Bennati (Radioshack-Nissan) is looking to be near the top in the Giro prologue (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marco Pinotti (BMC) is looking to regain his top form at the Giro

Marco Pinotti (BMC) is looking to regain his top form at the Giro (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Denmark welcomes the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

Denmark welcomes the 2012 Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia)

Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2012 Giro d'Italia begins with three stages in Herning, Denmark.

The 2012 Giro d'Italia begins with three stages in Herning, Denmark. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Jose Serpa (Androni-Giocattoli)

Jose Serpa (Androni-Giocattoli) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Frank Schleck was a late addition to RadioShack-Nissan's Giro roster after an injury to Jakob Fuglsang prevented the Dane from starting.

Frank Schleck was a late addition to RadioShack-Nissan's Giro roster after an injury to Jakob Fuglsang prevented the Dane from starting. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Overall Giro contender John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) leads his teammates in recon of Saturday's time trial course.

Overall Giro contender John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) leads his teammates in recon of Saturday's time trial course. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Giro d'Italia rolls out hte pink carpet for riders in Herning, Denmark.

The Giro d'Italia rolls out hte pink carpet for riders in Herning, Denmark. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thor Hushovd (BMC)

Thor Hushovd (BMC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michael Rasmussen is not competing in the Giro, but the Dane was out to check out the route for stage 1.

Michael Rasmussen is not competing in the Giro, but the Dane was out to check out the route for stage 1. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Giro d'Italia infrastructure takes shape in Herning, Denmark for Saturday's opening Giro d'Italia stage.

The Giro d'Italia infrastructure takes shape in Herning, Denmark for Saturday's opening Giro d'Italia stage. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro favourite Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) recons the opening stage time trial route in Herning, Denmark.

Giro favourite Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) recons the opening stage time trial route in Herning, Denmark. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Barracuda) on the Herning, Denmark time trial course.

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Barracuda) on the Herning, Denmark time trial course. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) will be a contender for stage victory on Saturday in the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) will be a contender for stage victory on Saturday in the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) finished third overall in the 2011 Giro d'Italia and is a dark horse favourite to podium once again in 2012.

John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) finished third overall in the 2011 Giro d'Italia and is a dark horse favourite to podium once again in 2012. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Colnago-CSF Inox's Sacha Modolo and Domenico Pozzovivo recon the Giro's stage 1 time trial route.

Colnago-CSF Inox's Sacha Modolo and Domenico Pozzovivo recon the Giro's stage 1 time trial route. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rabobank team members get familiar with the route for the Giro d'Italia's opening stage time trial.

Rabobank team members get familiar with the route for the Giro d'Italia's opening stage time trial. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar)

Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Two-time Giro d'Italia champion Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Two-time Giro d'Italia champion Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil-DCM)

Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil-DCM) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Frank Schleck leads his RadioShack-Nissan teammates in a recon of Saturday's time trial course.

Frank Schleck leads his RadioShack-Nissan teammates in a recon of Saturday's time trial course. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep riders in Herning, Denmark for the start of the Giro d'Italia.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep riders in Herning, Denmark for the start of the Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Amazingly, the 2012 Giro d'Italia will be the first Italian Grand Tour for Alessandro Ballan (BMC)

Amazingly, the 2012 Giro d'Italia will be the first Italian Grand Tour for Alessandro Ballan (BMC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Five-time Italian time trial champion Marco Pinotti (BMC) will be looking for a good result on Saturday's opening Giro stage.

Five-time Italian time trial champion Marco Pinotti (BMC) will be looking for a good result on Saturday's opening Giro stage. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Italian road champion Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) checks out Saturday's time trial course.

Italian road champion Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) checks out Saturday's time trial course. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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RadioShack-Nissan's Daniele Bennati and Giocomo Nizzolo on the time trial course in Herning, Denmark.

RadioShack-Nissan's Daniele Bennati and Giocomo Nizzolo on the time trial course in Herning, Denmark. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Roman Kreuziger (Astana) is a contender for a podium finish in the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

Roman Kreuziger (Astana) is a contender for a podium finish in the 2012 Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli) hams it up for the photographers.

Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli) hams it up for the photographers. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The 2012 Giro d'Italia kicks off on Saturday with a three-day stint in Herning, Denmark, beginning with the 8.7km opening stage individual time trial.

Today the 198 starters of the Italian Grand Tour familiarised themselves with the time trial parcours, in search of the best lines throughout the route in hopes of saving critical time in the race of truth.

Jackson Rodriguez (Androni-Giocattoli) will be the first rider out of the start house at 3:40pm local time, with 2011 Giro champion Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) the final rider to start at 7:19pm.

Following Rodriguez, the Giro riders will continue to start at one-minute intervals until the final 22 riders, who will have a two-minute gap between starts.

Some notable riders and their start times include Jack Bobridge (Garmin-Barracuda, 4:33pm; Roman Kreuziger (Astana), 4:54pm; Daniele Bennati (RadioShack-Nissan), 5:46pm; Mark Cavendish (Sky), 5:55pm; Marco Pinotti (BMC), 5:57pm; Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD), 6:35pm; Jose Rujano (Androni-Giocatolli), 6:37pm; Geraint Thomas (Sky), 6:43pm; Taylor Phinney (BMC), 6:47pm; Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil-DCM), 6:57pm; Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Barracuda), 7:01pm; Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 7:07pm; Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan), 7:09pm; Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), 7:13pm; and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), 7:19pm.