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Gallery: Teams preview Giro d'Italia team time trial course

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Tinkoff-Saxo out on course

Tinkoff-Saxo out on course
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador

Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador
(Image credit: Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Etixx-QuickStep are out on course

Etixx-QuickStep are out on course
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida)

Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Charly Wegelius directs Cannondale - Garmin ahead of the team time trial course preview

Charly Wegelius directs Cannondale - Garmin ahead of the team time trial course preview
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All sorts of cyclists were out to see the team time trial course today

All sorts of cyclists were out to see the team time trial course today
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Trek Factory Racing preview the team time trial course

Trek Factory Racing preview the team time trial course
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Nippo - Vini Fantini

Nippo - Vini Fantini
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida)

Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida)
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff - Saxo)
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Team Katusha get ready to preview the team time trial course

Team Katusha get ready to preview the team time trial course
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Davide Malacarne (Astana)

Davide Malacarne (Astana)
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Teams ride through the tunnels along the narrow course

Teams ride through the tunnels along the narrow course
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Astana out training on the team time trial course

Astana out training on the team time trial course
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Rigoberto Uran and his Etixx-QuickStep team ride the team time trial course

Rigoberto Uran and his Etixx-QuickStep team ride the team time trial course
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Nippo - Vini Fantini pre-ride the team time trial course

Nippo - Vini Fantini pre-ride the team time trial course
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Giro d'Italia pink bikes

Giro d'Italia pink bikes
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CCC Sprandi Polkowice out on course

CCC Sprandi Polkowice out on course
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The Ligurian coast in Italy

The Ligurian coast in Italy
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One of the many tunnels along route with artistic graffiti

One of the many tunnels along route with artistic graffiti
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San Remo fountain water turned pink

San Remo fountain water turned pink
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Lampre-Merida recon the team time trial course

Lampre-Merida recon the team time trial course
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The Giro d'Italia team time trial hugs the Ligurian coast

The Giro d'Italia team time trial hugs the Ligurian coast
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Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin

Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin
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Cannondale-Garmin out on course

Cannondale-Garmin out on course
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The spectacular Ligurian coast of Italy

The spectacular Ligurian coast of Italy
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Movistar preview the team time trial course in San Remo

Movistar preview the team time trial course in San Remo
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Nippo - Vini Fantini get ready to look at the course

Nippo - Vini Fantini get ready to look at the course
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Movistar

Movistar
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Cannondale-Garmin get ready to recon the team time trial course

Cannondale-Garmin get ready to recon the team time trial course
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Trek Factory Racing training in Mallorca

Trek Factory Racing training in Mallorca
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) gets ready to head out onto the team time trial course

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) gets ready to head out onto the team time trial course
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo)
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Tinkoff - Saxo get ready to preview the team time trial course

Tinkoff - Saxo get ready to preview the team time trial course
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) looks happy and relaxed ahead of team time trial recon

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) looks happy and relaxed ahead of team time trial recon
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Tinkoff-Saxo discuss the team time trial course in San Lorenzo al Mare

Tinkoff-Saxo discuss the team time trial course in San Lorenzo al Mare
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Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff - Saxo)
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Matteo Tosatto (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Matteo Tosatto (Tinkoff - Saxo)
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Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff - Saxo)
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Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) prepares to ride the team time trial course

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) prepares to ride the team time trial course
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Tinkoff-Saxo preview the Giro d'Italia course

Tinkoff-Saxo preview the Giro d'Italia course
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Tinkoff-Saxo preparing to start the day of training on the team time trial course

Tinkoff-Saxo preparing to start the day of training on the team time trial course
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) in his aero helmet

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) in his aero helmet
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo)
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Tinkoff-Saxo team huddle before previewing the Giro d'Italia team time trial course

Tinkoff-Saxo team huddle before previewing the Giro d'Italia team time trial course
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Luca Chirico (Bardiani - CSF)

Luca Chirico (Bardiani - CSF)
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Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff - Saxo)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) is about to preview the Giro d'Italia team time trial course

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) is about to preview the Giro d'Italia team time trial course
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Alberto Contador is backed by an experienced team

Alberto Contador is backed by an experienced team
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The team get some last-minute advice

The team get some last-minute advice
(Image credit: Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Ivan Basso, Michael Rogers and Christopher Juul-Jensen

Ivan Basso, Michael Rogers and Christopher Juul-Jensen
(Image credit: Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Thumbs up from Alberto Contador

Thumbs up from Alberto Contador
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Tinkoff-Saxo get some training in on the road bikes

Tinkoff-Saxo get some training in on the road bikes
(Image credit: Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Some last-minute adjustments

Some last-minute adjustments
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Alberto Contador with former foe, now teammate, Ivan Basso

Alberto Contador with former foe, now teammate, Ivan Basso
(Image credit: Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Tinkoff-Saxo have brought in a late addition to the team

Tinkoff-Saxo have brought in a late addition to the team
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Tinkoff-Saxo try out their team time trial formation

Tinkoff-Saxo try out their team time trial formation
(Image credit: Tinkoff-Saxo)

On the eve of the start of the 2015 Giro d'Italia, teams and riders were out previewing the narrow and twisty course of the opening team time trial to be held along the Ligurian coast of Italy. The 17.6km course will start in San Lorenzo al Mare and conclude in San Remo on Saturday.

A few of the riders spotted on course included Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-QuickStep, Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) and Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini).

Contador is one of the favourites to win the overall title and he no doubt pre-rode every inch of the team time trial course to build confidence ahead of the opening stage. Likewise, Urán, who took second place overall in the Italian Grand Tour over the last two editions will want to have a good start to this year's event.

Check out the photo gallery of team previewing the team time trial course on the even of the Giro d'Italia kick off.

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