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Gallery: Teams prepare for Giro d'Italia start in San Lorenzo al Mare

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Astana's key riders for the Giro d'Italia

Astana's key riders for the Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Sirotti)
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Rigoberto Urán and Tom Boonen talk to the press

Rigoberto Urán and Tom Boonen talk to the press
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rigoberto Uran and Tom Boonen next to the Giro d'Italia trophy

Rigoberto Uran and Tom Boonen next to the Giro d'Italia trophy
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The fountains have been dyed pink in honour of the Giro.

The fountains have been dyed pink in honour of the Giro.
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The Tinkoff-Saxo bikes get a clean after a morning training ride

The Tinkoff-Saxo bikes get a clean after a morning training ride
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Steven de Jongh is lead DS for Tinkoff-Saxo at the Giro

Steven de Jongh is lead DS for Tinkoff-Saxo at the Giro
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Rigoberto Urán has come close to winning the trophy, can he do it this year?

Rigoberto Urán has come close to winning the trophy, can he do it this year?
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Tom Boonen says he will be working for his teammate Uran

Tom Boonen says he will be working for his teammate Uran
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Rigoberto Urán and Tom Boonen

Rigoberto Urán and Tom Boonen
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Alberto Contador surrounded by microphones

Alberto Contador surrounded by microphones
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Alberto Contador talks to the press

Alberto Contador talks to the press
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The Tinkoff-Saxo mechanics prepare the bikes ahead of the Giro d'Italia start

The Tinkoff-Saxo mechanics prepare the bikes ahead of the Giro d'Italia start
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Alberto Contador will be looking to lay his hands on this trophy again

Alberto Contador will be looking to lay his hands on this trophy again
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Alberto Contador talks at his pre-race press conference

Alberto Contador talks at his pre-race press conference
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Astana's time trial bikes lined up and ready for action on Saturday

Astana's time trial bikes lined up and ready for action on Saturday
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The Lampre-Merida team for the Giro d'Italia

The Lampre-Merida team for the Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lampre's Giro debutants Gang Xu and Tsgabu Grmay

Lampre's Giro debutants Gang Xu and Tsgabu Grmay
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Robert Ferrari with Giuseppe Saronni

Robert Ferrari with Giuseppe Saronni
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Team manager Brent Copeland

Team manager Brent Copeland
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Who will add their name this year?

Who will add their name this year?
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck makes his return to the Giro d'Italia

Jurgen Van Den Broeck makes his return to the Giro d'Italia
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Andre Greipel is looking for stage victories at the Giro

Andre Greipel is looking for stage victories at the Giro
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Andre Greipel and Jurgen Van Den Broeck at the Lotto-Soudal press conference

Andre Greipel and Jurgen Van Den Broeck at the Lotto-Soudal press conference
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The team time trial will finish in San Remo

The team time trial will finish in San Remo
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Mikel Landa will provide suppport for Aru at the Giro

Mikel Landa will provide suppport for Aru at the Giro
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Fabio Aru leads Astana's GC ambitions

Fabio Aru leads Astana's GC ambitions
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Will Fabio Aru be able to lay his hands on this trophy

Will Fabio Aru be able to lay his hands on this trophy
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The trophy all the riders want

The trophy all the riders want
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Fabio Aru won't be riding this on Saturday

Fabio Aru won't be riding this on Saturday
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The Giro d’Italia peloton has descended on the Ligurian coast in preparation for the start of the race and the team time trial this Saturday. Some of the teams have already had reconnoitred the 17.6-kilometre course from San Lorenzo al Mare to San Remo and will get one final look at it on Saturday morning.

Astana, Lampre-Merida and Lotto-Soudal all held their pre-race press conferences in San Remo on Thursday. Fabio Aru was in attendance for Astana, his first public appearance since pulling out of the Giro del Trentino with intestinal problems. Aru, who finished third overall during last year’s race, announced during the press conference that he had extended his contract with the team until the end of 2017.

Lotto-Soudal bring André Greipel and Jürgen Van Den Broeck to the Giro d’Italia, with both riders returning after an extended absence. Van Den Broeck has said that he’s targeting the top 10 at the race, while Greipel is looking to boost his win tally for 2015. Former Chinese road champion Gang Xu and African time trial champion Tsgabu Grmay will make their debut at the race for Lampre-Merida.

Etixx-QuickStep, Tinkoff-Saxo and Team Sky will be holding their press conferences on Friday afternoon with the team presentation taking place at 17:00 CET.

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