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Gallery: Uran enjoys a relaxed rest day the Giro d'Italia

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The Gavia ready for the Giro d'Italia

The Gavia ready for the Giro d'Italia
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Snow!

Snow!
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Michele Scarponi (Astana) relaxes indoors

Michele Scarponi (Astana) relaxes indoors
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Rafal Majka gets some information for his rest day ride

Rafal Majka gets some information for his rest day ride
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Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) bundled up for preview of the Gavia

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) bundled up for preview of the Gavia
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Fabio Aru (Astana) on the rest day

Fabio Aru (Astana) on the rest day
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Rigoberto Uran opted to stay indoors on the rest day

Rigoberto Uran opted to stay indoors on the rest day
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Stage 16 will not be a snow day.

Stage 16 will not be a snow day.
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The Passo Gavia is still lined with tons of snow

The Passo Gavia is still lined with tons of snow
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Pink bar tape for Rigoberto Uran

Pink bar tape for Rigoberto Uran
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Snow lining the route for stage 16

Snow lining the route for stage 16
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The road is closed for snow, but will be open for the Giro d'Italia's passage

The road is closed for snow, but will be open for the Giro d'Italia's passage
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Inside is a good place to be on the rest day

Inside is a good place to be on the rest day
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The snow on Passo del Tonale

The snow on Passo del Tonale
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The pink bar tape on Rigoberto Uran's bike stands out in the Omega Pharma bikes

The pink bar tape on Rigoberto Uran's bike stands out in the Omega Pharma bikes
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Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Oleg Tinkov and Bjarne Riis head out for a ride

Oleg Tinkov and Bjarne Riis head out for a ride
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Astana on the turbo trainers on the rest day

Astana on the turbo trainers on the rest day
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Androni riders come up to the gates

Androni riders come up to the gates
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Team Sky heads out for a rest day ride

Team Sky heads out for a rest day ride
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Riders are going to want to bundle up for stage 16

Riders are going to want to bundle up for stage 16
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The road up the Gavia is still showing the winter wear

The road up the Gavia is still showing the winter wear
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This very steep climb will test riders on stage 16

This very steep climb will test riders on stage 16
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Snow lines the roads over the Gavia

Snow lines the roads over the Gavia
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It's going to be a cold, cold stage 16

It's going to be a cold, cold stage 16
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Rafal Majka bundles up for the rest day ride

Rafal Majka bundles up for the rest day ride
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Robert Kiserlovski (Trek) on the rest day

Robert Kiserlovski (Trek) on the rest day
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Oleg Tinkov, owner of Tinkoff-Saxo

Oleg Tinkov, owner of Tinkoff-Saxo
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Michael Rogers opts to ride the turbo trainer

Michael Rogers opts to ride the turbo trainer
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Omega Pharma-Quickstep mechanics work on the rest day

Omega Pharma-Quickstep mechanics work on the rest day
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The 168 riders left in the Giro d'Italia enjoyed a relaxed third rest day on Monday, using the day to recover from the fatigue of the 15 stages raced so far and prepare for the final mountain stages ahead.

Overall race leader Rigoberto Uran did not hold the traditional press conference, preferring a quiet day in his hotel at the Passo delo Tonale after a ride in the morning. The Colombian climber and several of his teammates drove by car down from the 1800m summit to Ponte di Legno to avoid the cold and rain.

Several of the Trek Factory Racing team did the same but most riders opted to ride on the rollers for an hour to work up a sweat and clean out the toxins of Sunday's long stage to Montecampione.

"Despite the bad weather we were able to train for two hours," Uran said in a press release from the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.

"We had a good training session. We went down from Passo Tonale by car, and we trained on the Ponte di Legno area, and then we went back to Passo Tonale by bike. Everything is OK. I really enjoyed this rest day, I think we all deserve it after two weeks of battle. We are OK and ready for another week on the roads of the Giro."

Other riders went to inspect the Passo Gavia to see if the road was passable. Team Sky, Bardiani-CSF were all spotted near Ponte di Legno with Team Sky directeur sportif Dario Cioni joining his riders in the saddle.

Click here to see a gallery of images of riders training on the third rest day and the huge banks of snow on the Gavia.