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Giro d'Italia Gallery: At the start in Bormio and on the Gavia

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Ivan Basso with his coach Aldo Sassi

Ivan Basso with his coach Aldo Sassi
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
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It's a hard ride to the summit

It's a hard ride to the summit
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The Gavia is still covered the snow, even in late May

The Gavia is still covered the snow, even in late May
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The road was clear when Cyclingnews went over the Gavia

The road was clear when Cyclingnews went over the Gavia
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The road to the summit of the Gavia was cut through the snow

The road to the summit of the Gavia was cut through the snow
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Vai Basso - Go Basso written into the banks of snow

Vai Basso - Go Basso written into the banks of snow
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Aussies love the Giro

Aussies love the Giro
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The riders will be happy to see the Gavi ends here

The riders will be happy to see the Gavi ends here
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The very top of the Gavia at 2652 metres

The very top of the Gavia at 2652 metres
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The long, technical descent of the Gavia to Passo del Tonale

The long, technical descent of the Gavia to Passo del Tonale
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The banks of snow along the final 5km of the road to the summit of the Gavia

The banks of snow along the final 5km of the road to the summit of the Gavia
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The Passo Gavia is closed to cars but open for the Giro d'Italia

The Passo Gavia is closed to cars but open for the Giro d'Italia
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Matt Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) still wears green

Matt Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) still wears green
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Xavier Tondo (Cervelo TestTeam) goes to sign on

Xavier Tondo (Cervelo TestTeam) goes to sign on
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The climbs and descents are marked on Cadel Evan's top tube

The climbs and descents are marked on Cadel Evan's top tube
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was stopped for a pre-race interview

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was stopped for a pre-race interview
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) in pink

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) in pink
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Charly Wegelius replaces Cadel Evans under the red points jersey umbrella

Charly Wegelius replaces Cadel Evans under the red points jersey umbrella
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The jersey wearers line-up for the start

The jersey wearers line-up for the start
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The Giro got a special escort out of Bormio

The Giro got a special escort out of Bormio
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They're off!

They're off!
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The sun was out over the Gavia

The sun was out over the Gavia
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Images from the start of stage 20 in Bormio and from the summit of the Passo Gavia.

Snow ploughs have cut a path through the snow but the road is clear. However it could be the very technical descent, rather than the climb, that could shape the race and decide if Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) goes on to win the Giro in Verona on Sunday.