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Giro d'Italia gallery: Rest day activities from Astana camp

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Nibali picked out a standard Astana kit for his rest day roll

Nibali picked out a standard Astana kit for his rest day roll (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali was never too far away from his maglia rosa

Vincenzo Nibali was never too far away from his maglia rosa (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Astana fleet of Specialized team bikes are ready to go

The Astana fleet of Specialized team bikes are ready to go (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fresh gear cables are fitted to Dmitriy Gruzdev's Specialized

Fresh gear cables are fitted to Dmitriy Gruzdev's Specialized (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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High-pressure water sprayers will certainly get the bikes to shine

High-pressure water sprayers will certainly get the bikes to shine (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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There's always bidons to fill during a three-week race, Astana Tacx bidons get filled with SIS product

There's always bidons to fill during a three-week race, Astana Tacx bidons get filled with SIS product (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Team Astana bikes were getting plenty of attention on rest day at the Giro

The Team Astana bikes were getting plenty of attention on rest day at the Giro (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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So many snacks to choose from but Fabio Aru stays strong with his empty bowl

So many snacks to choose from but Fabio Aru stays strong with his empty bowl (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Massage time for Giro d'Italia race leader Vincenzo Nibali

Massage time for Giro d'Italia race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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"Hmm, which cereal should I finish next?", Nibali in deep thought during breakfast time

"Hmm, which cereal should I finish next?", Nibali in deep thought during breakfast time (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tanel Kangert makes sure the Astana mechanics have performed a thorough job on his bike

Tanel Kangert makes sure the Astana mechanics have performed a thorough job on his bike (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Valerio Agnoli makes some last-minute adjustments

Valerio Agnoli makes some last-minute adjustments (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Paolo Tiralongo will be a vital domestique for Nibali when the race enters the mountains

Paolo Tiralongo will be a vital domestique for Nibali when the race enters the mountains (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nibali stands guard next to the Astana team bikes

Nibali stands guard next to the Astana team bikes (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giuseppe Martinelli and Vincenzo Nibali have formed a perfect partnership so far during this year's race

Giuseppe Martinelli and Vincenzo Nibali have formed a perfect partnership so far during this year's race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The media gather to speak with the current race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at a rest day Giro press conference

The media gather to speak with the current race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at a rest day Giro press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Agnoli gives his helmet a freshen up after the day's ride

Agnoli gives his helmet a freshen up after the day's ride (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabio Aru (Astana) still looking fresh after 9 stages at the 2013 Giro

Fabio Aru (Astana) still looking fresh after 9 stages at the 2013 Giro (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) asks the questions

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) asks the questions (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Kangert is still waiting for the rest of his Astana teammates

Kangert is still waiting for the rest of his Astana teammates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Astana squad discuss if they really 'need' to go riding on the first rest day at the Giro d'Italia

The Astana squad discuss if they really 'need' to go riding on the first rest day at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessandro Vanotti keeps an eye on things from the Astana team bus

Alessandro Vanotti keeps an eye on things from the Astana team bus (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) chats to the press on the first rest day at the Giro

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) chats to the press on the first rest day at the Giro (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The first rest day at the Giro d'Italia is generally a fairly relaxed affair for the riders but for someone like Vincenzo Nibali, who is the current race leader, the day can include a packed schedule of activities.

Nibali took the race lead after an impressive fourth-place ride in the 54.8km time trial from Gabicce Mare to Saltara and relinquished the former wearer of the maglia rosa Benat Intxausti (Movistar) from leadership duties.

The Astana squad duly protected their leader's position at the top of the standings on a difficult Stage 9 but the end result gave perhaps a small hint of concern. The select group that contained nearly all the overall contenders contained just one Astana rider Tanel Kangert at the end of the 170km stage and with plenty of racing still to come his remaining teammates will need to remain on task and at the head of affairs if they are to keep the Italian from being isolated.

The following gallery is a collection of images of the Astana team and its team leader Nibali from the rest day in Italy. From breakfast time, light training, massage and a press conference, Nibali was no doubt happy when the official activities for the day were finally over.