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Italy turns pink in 100-day countdown to 100th Giro d'Italia - Gallery

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In Bergamo, the Porta San Giacomo of the upper city is lit up

In Bergamo, the Porta San Giacomo of the upper city is lit up
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An ice sculpture in the Dolomites in San Candido

An ice sculpture in the Dolomites in San Candido
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The ulis Tower (Tower dell'Esperò Reial) in Alghero

The ulis Tower (Tower dell'Esperò Reial) in Alghero
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The Tortona Malaspina square

The Tortona Malaspina square
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The Town Hall in Valdengo

The Town Hall in Valdengo
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The main plaza in Rovetta

The main plaza in Rovetta
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 Coppi's monument on Stelvio Pass (Cima Coppi the highest point in the 2017 Giro) in Valtellina

Coppi's monument on Stelvio Pass (Cima Coppi the highest point in the 2017 Giro) in Valtellina
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Another ice sculpture in Ortisei

Another ice sculpture in Ortisei
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A projection in pink on the Palazzo Menegozzi in Aviano

A projection in pink on the Palazzo Menegozzi in Aviano
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The Town Hall in Pordenone

The Town Hall in Pordenone
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Grand Stand of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Grand Stand of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza
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The Battistero in Biella is resplendent in pink

The Battistero in Biella is resplendent in pink
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The Teatro Municipale Fountain in Reggio Emilia

The Teatro Municipale Fountain in Reggio Emilia
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The Town Hall in San Pietro in Bagno

The Town Hall in San Pietro in Bagno
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National Archaeological Museum of Olbia

National Archaeological Museum of Olbia
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Beach of Rocce Rosse in Arbatax (Tortolì)

Beach of Rocce Rosse in Arbatax (Tortolì)
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Monument to Victor Emmanuel II in Reggio Calabria

Monument to Victor Emmanuel II in Reggio Calabria
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Scoglio della Regina in Acquappesa (Terme Luigiane)

Scoglio della Regina in Acquappesa (Terme Luigiane)
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The Palazzo di Città in Castrovillari

The Palazzo di Città in Castrovillari
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The Trullo Sovrano in Alberobello

The Trullo Sovrano in Alberobello
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The Dome of Molfetta

The Dome of Molfetta
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An illuminated banner in Montenero di Bisaccia

An illuminated banner in Montenero di Bisaccia
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The Town Hall in Montefalco

The Town Hall in Montefalco
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The statue of Neptune in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

The statue of Neptune in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence
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The Branca tower in Milan

The Branca tower in Milan
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Italy marked the start of the 100-day countdown to the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia in spectacular fashion, with all of the host cities lighting up important monuments in the race's signature pink colour.

From the Sulis Tower of the hosts of the start of the race to the Fausto Coppi on the Stelvio Pass, the highest point of the race, and on to the Branca Tower in the finish town of Milan, each site had a unique display.

In Florence, the start town for stage 11, the famous fountain of Neptune was bathed in pink lights outside the Palazzo Vecchio, where Brian Cookson won his contentious election to the UCI presidency over Pat McQuaid in 2013.

In the Dolomites, there were ice sculptures in Ortisei, the mountain finish of stage 18, and in San Candido, the start of the next stage.

The Giro d'Italia begins on May 5 on the island of Sardinia with three stages before a transfer to the mainland and a finish on the Mt Etna volcano. The final stage on May 28 is a 28-km long individual time trial that begins on the Monza Formula 1 track and ends in Milan.