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Giro d'Italia 100 team presentation - Gallery

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Astana was greated with big cheers

Astana was greated with big cheers
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A Marco Pantani fan snaps a pic

A Marco Pantani fan snaps a pic
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Quick-Step Floors' turn

Quick-Step Floors' turn
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The nine-man Quick-Step Floors squad

The nine-man Quick-Step Floors squad
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A beautiful end to the day in Sardinia

A beautiful end to the day in Sardinia
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The Bahrain-Merida team makes its Grand Tour debut at the Giro

The Bahrain-Merida team makes its Grand Tour debut at the Giro
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The AG2R-La Mondiale team

The AG2R-La Mondiale team
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There was plenty of fans in support

There was plenty of fans in support
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Movistar take to the stage

Movistar take to the stage
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FDJ line up on the stage

FDJ line up on the stage
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Team Sky at the presentation

Team Sky at the presentation
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Fav favourite Pippo Pozzato of Wilier Triestina

Fav favourite Pippo Pozzato of Wilier Triestina
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Cannondale-Drapac at the team presentation

Cannondale-Drapac at the team presentation
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There was even pink sheep

There was even pink sheep
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Former Italian professional Paolo Bettini was at the team presentation

Former Italian professional Paolo Bettini was at the team presentation
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Fabio Aru speaks to the crowd

Fabio Aru speaks to the crowd
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The broad shouldered Jurgen Van den Broeck will be a key rider for LottoNL-Jumbo

The broad shouldered Jurgen Van den Broeck will be a key rider for LottoNL-Jumbo
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LottoNL-Jumbo sports director Addy Engels at the team presentation

LottoNL-Jumbo sports director Addy Engels at the team presentation
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No surprise to see podium hostesses at the team presentation

No surprise to see podium hostesses at the team presentation
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Alex Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale)

Alex Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale)
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Lotto Soudal rides to the stage

Lotto Soudal rides to the stage
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Giorgia Palmas with the trofeo senza fine

Giorgia Palmas with the trofeo senza fine
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Team Sunweb on the podium

Team Sunweb on the podium
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Team BMC Racing take to the platform

Team BMC Racing take to the platform
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Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)

Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at the team presentation

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at the team presentation
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Thumbs up from Daniele Bennati (Movistar)

Thumbs up from Daniele Bennati (Movistar)
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Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida)

Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida)
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Nicola Ruffoni of Bardiani CSF before he was kicked off the race for an out of competition positive test

Nicola Ruffoni of Bardiani CSF before he was kicked off the race for an out of competition positive test
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Giacomo Nizzolo waves from the podium

Giacomo Nizzolo waves from the podium
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Vincenzo Nibali rolls on the platform for the team presentation

Vincenzo Nibali rolls on the platform for the team presentation
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Injured Fabio Aru couldn't ride the Giro but still came out for the team presentation

Injured Fabio Aru couldn't ride the Giro but still came out for the team presentation
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Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, Diego Rosa and Sal Puccio on stage

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, Diego Rosa and Sal Puccio on stage
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Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema and Eugenio Alafaci looking cool back stage

Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema and Eugenio Alafaci looking cool back stage
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) looking concentrated

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) looking concentrated
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Trek-Segafredo on stage

Trek-Segafredo on stage
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There was love for Michele Scarponi from the tifosi

There was love for Michele Scarponi from the tifosi
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'Amore Infinito' is the catchphrase of the Giro 100

'Amore Infinito' is the catchphrase of the Giro 100
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The Sardinian flag of the Moors, I quattro mori, flies high

The Sardinian flag of the Moors, I quattro mori, flies high
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Dimension Data wave from the podium

Dimension Data wave from the podium
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Caleb Ewan with a face of concentration

Caleb Ewan with a face of concentration
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Valerio Agnoli of Bahrain-Merida relaxes back stage

Valerio Agnoli of Bahrain-Merida relaxes back stage
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Trek-Segafredo's Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo is definitely excited for the Giro

Trek-Segafredo's Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo is definitely excited for the Giro
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The Sardinian and Italian flags fly at the team presentation

The Sardinian and Italian flags fly at the team presentation
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The tifosi out in support at the team presentation

The tifosi out in support at the team presentation
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A balmy Thursday evening in Alghero was the scene and setting for 2017 Giro d'Italia team presentation with the tifosi coming out in force and adding to a sea of pink that has swept through Sardinia this week.

The Astana team was the first of the Giro squads to be presented on stage in honour Michele Scarponi who was killed in a training ride accident last month. Fabio Aru, the team's premier GC rider, was forced out of the race due to injury but the proud Sardinian was on hand as he welcomed his teammates.

The festive atmosphere continued through the presentation with loud cheers in particular for Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali of Bahrain-Merida.

With the presentation over, the teams and riders quickly turned their attention to tomorrow's stage 1. However, for wild card team Bardiani-CSF, the evening turned into a nightmare with confirmation that two of its riders returned adverse analytical finding for growth hormone releasing peptides. Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni were kicked off the team for the Giro with the race now starting under dark skies that, quickly changing from the blue and sparkling sunset of Thursday.

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