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Retro gallery: 30 years of Giro d'Italia team time trials

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Bernard Hinault after the 1985 Giro team time trial. He would go onto win the race overall

Bernard Hinault after the 1985 Giro team time trial. He would go onto win the race overall
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Mark Cavendish is all smiles and all all pink at the 2009 Giro

Mark Cavendish is all smiles and all all pink at the 2009 Giro
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The 2007 Giro started in Sardinia

The 2007 Giro started in Sardinia
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T-Mobile on their way around Sardinia in 2007

T-Mobile on their way around Sardinia in 2007
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Crédit Agricole circa 2007

Crédit Agricole circa 2007
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Benoît Joachim gets left behind by his Astana teamamtes

Benoît Joachim gets left behind by his Astana teamamtes
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Astana were second in the 2007 team time trial

Astana were second in the 2007 team time trial
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Liquigas won the 2007 Giro team time trial

Liquigas won the 2007 Giro team time trial
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Captain America back in 2007 with CSC

Captain America back in 2007 with CSC
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Team CSC had a few national and world champions in 2007

Team CSC had a few national and world champions in 2007
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Fabian Cancellara in the world champions jersey

Fabian Cancellara in the world champions jersey
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Danilo di Luca enjoying the 2007 Champagne

Danilo di Luca enjoying the 2007 Champagne
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CSC enjoying Sardinia in 2007

CSC enjoying Sardinia in 2007
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Rabobank during the 2007 Giro team time trial

Rabobank during the 2007 Giro team time trial
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Alfa Lum-Ecoflam in 1988

Alfa Lum-Ecoflam in 1988
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Maurizio Fondriest with his Del Tongo team in 1989

Maurizio Fondriest with his Del Tongo team in 1989
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Laurent Fignon leads his Système U team over the line at the 1989 Giro and would go on to win the overall

Laurent Fignon leads his Système U team over the line at the 1989 Giro and would go on to win the overall
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Ariostea celebrate victory in the team time trial at the 1989 Giro

Ariostea celebrate victory in the team time trial at the 1989 Giro
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7-Eleven during the 1988 Giro team time trial

7-Eleven during the 1988 Giro team time trial
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Team time trialling with Fibok - Sidermec - Muller in 1987

Team time trialling with Fibok - Sidermec - Muller in 1987
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Stephan Roche celebrates in the maglia rosa after the 1987 Giro team time trial

Stephan Roche celebrates in the maglia rosa after the 1987 Giro team time trial
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Gis Gelati-Trentino Vacanze during the Giro's 1985 team time trial

Gis Gelati-Trentino Vacanze during the Giro's 1985 team time trial
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FDJ in 2007

FDJ in 2007
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Del Tongo won the 1988 Giro team time trial

Del Tongo won the 1988 Giro team time trial
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Enrico Gasparotto in the first maglia rosa of 2007

Enrico Gasparotto in the first maglia rosa of 2007
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Team Colombia on the way to claiming the 2009 TTT

Team Colombia on the way to claiming the 2009 TTT
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Team Slipstream with several national champions on their way to claiming the 2008 TTT

Team Slipstream with several national champions on their way to claiming the 2008 TTT
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The 2008 incarnation of Androni Giocattoli

The 2008 incarnation of Androni Giocattoli
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 Quick-Step at the 2008 Giro

Quick-Step at the 2008 Giro
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LPR Brakes with 2008 Giro champion Danilo Di Luca in the maglia rosa

LPR Brakes with 2008 Giro champion Danilo Di Luca in the maglia rosa
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Chris Anker Sørensen in the maglia bianca

Chris Anker Sørensen in the maglia bianca
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Chris Anker Sørensen in the maglia bianca

Chris Anker Sørensen in the maglia bianca
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Team Slipstream celebrate TTT victory

Team Slipstream celebrate TTT victory
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Team High Road had Bradley Wiggins in its team for the 2008 Giro

Team High Road had Bradley Wiggins in its team for the 2008 Giro
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Christian Vande Velde gets a ride from his teammates

Christian Vande Velde gets a ride from his teammates
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Team Slipstream with Dave Zabriskie's 'tash setting the pace

Team Slipstream with Dave Zabriskie's 'tash setting the pace
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Garmin - Transitions during the Giro's 2010 TTT

Garmin - Transitions during the Giro's 2010 TTT
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Alexander Vinokourov in pink and the Astana team during the 2010 Giro

Alexander Vinokourov in pink and the Astana team during the 2010 Giro
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Team Astana make through way around the 2008 Giro TTT course

Team Astana make through way around the 2008 Giro TTT course
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Saunier Duval going full throttle at the 2008 Giro d'Italia

Saunier Duval going full throttle at the 2008 Giro d'Italia
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 Euskaltel Euskadi at the 2008 Giro

Euskaltel Euskadi at the 2008 Giro
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Marco Pinotti wore the first maglia rosa of the 2011 Giro which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Italy

Marco Pinotti wore the first maglia rosa of the 2011 Giro which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Italy
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Team Sky during the 2011 Giro TTT

Team Sky during the 2011 Giro TTT
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Australian champion Cam Meyer leads the Garmin-Cervelo time in 2011

Australian champion Cam Meyer leads the Garmin-Cervelo time in 2011
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RadioShack cross the line on stage one of the 2011 Giro

RadioShack cross the line on stage one of the 2011 Giro
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Leopard Trek during the 2011 TTT in Turin

Leopard Trek during the 2011 TTT in Turin
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Rabobank were seventh on the opnening TTT of the 2011 Giro

Rabobank were seventh on the opnening TTT of the 2011 Giro
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A plethora of maglia rosas on stage

A plethora of maglia rosas on stage
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Marco Pinotti in the first maglia rosa of 2011

Marco Pinotti in the first maglia rosa of 2011
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Team BMC

Team BMC
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HTC-Highroad's Marco Pinotti in pink

HTC-Highroad's Marco Pinotti in pink
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Adam Hansen and Team High Road at the 2008 Giro

Adam Hansen and Team High Road at the 2008 Giro
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Remember Barloworld?

Remember Barloworld?
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Team Sky in its debut grand tour

Team Sky in its debut grand tour
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Quick-Step during the 2010 Giro TTT

Quick-Step during the 2010 Giro TTT
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A first of many maglia rosas for Vincenzo Nibali back in2010

A first of many maglia rosas for Vincenzo Nibali back in2010
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Vincenzo Nibali became the maglia rosa after Liquigas-Doimo won the 2010 TTT

Vincenzo Nibali became the maglia rosa after Liquigas-Doimo won the 2010 TTT
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Liquigas-Doimo celebrate victory

Liquigas-Doimo celebrate victory
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Saxobank-Sungard during the Turin TTT

Saxobank-Sungard during the Turin TTT
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Christian Vande Velde enjoying a 2008 champagne

Christian Vande Velde enjoying a 2008 champagne
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Almost vintage now, Serhiy Honchar sprays the 2006 Champagne around like its beaujolais

Almost vintage now, Serhiy Honchar sprays the 2006 Champagne around like its beaujolais
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Phonak during the Giro TTT back in 2006

Phonak during the Giro TTT back in 2006
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T-Mobile during the 2006 Giro TTT

T-Mobile during the 2006 Giro TTT
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Davitamon-Lotto looking for the TTT win at the 2006 Giro

Davitamon-Lotto looking for the TTT win at the 2006 Giro
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CSC celebrate its 2006 Giro success

CSC celebrate its 2006 Giro success
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Then ITT world champion Michael Rogers with T-Mobile in 2006

Then ITT world champion Michael Rogers with T-Mobile in 2006
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CSC's 2006 Giro TTT win saw Serhiy Honchar claim pink

CSC's 2006 Giro TTT win saw Serhiy Honchar claim pink
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Stefan Schumacher in pink during the Giro's 2006 TTT

Stefan Schumacher in pink during the Giro's 2006 TTT
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Credit Agricole on course during the 2006 Giro TTT

Credit Agricole on course during the 2006 Giro TTT
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Cofidis during the 2006 TTT

Cofidis during the 2006 TTT
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CSC won the Giro's 2006 team time trial

CSC won the Giro's 2006 team time trial
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CSC on the podium back in 2006

CSC on the podium back in 2006
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Team Colombia on the podium after claiming the 2009 Giro TTT

Team Colombia on the podium after claiming the 2009 Giro TTT
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Marrk Cavendish with the 2009 Giro in the maglia rosa

Marrk Cavendish with the 2009 Giro in the maglia rosa
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Australian national champion Mick Rogers

Australian national champion Mick Rogers
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Edvald Boasson Hagen in his Norweigan Colombia kit

Edvald Boasson Hagen in his Norweigan Colombia kit
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Back when Colombia dominated time trials and sprints

Back when Colombia dominated time trials and sprints
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Astana and Armstrong at the 2009 Giro

Astana and Armstrong at the 2009 Giro
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The 2009 Giro d'Italia trophy on display

The 2009 Giro d'Italia trophy on display
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Ignatas Konovalovas and Cervelo at the 2009 Giro

Ignatas Konovalovas and Cervelo at the 2009 Giro
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Fabian Cancellara in his Swiss national time trial kit during the 2009 Giro

Fabian Cancellara in his Swiss national time trial kit during the 2009 Giro
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Captain America, Dave Zabriskie, on the front for Garmin at the 2009 Giro

Captain America, Dave Zabriskie, on the front for Garmin at the 2009 Giro
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Pippo Pozzato (Katusha) driving the pace in 2009

Pippo Pozzato (Katusha) driving the pace in 2009
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CSC won the 2006 Giro TTT

CSC won the 2006 Giro TTT
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Team Sky on the way to victory

Team Sky on the way to victory
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Mark Cavendish in the Omega Pharma - Quick Step team

Mark Cavendish in the Omega Pharma - Quick Step team
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Salvatore Puccio (Sky) on the podium

Salvatore Puccio (Sky) on the podium
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On the startline with Mark Cavendish and Omega Pharma QuickStep

On the startline with Mark Cavendish and Omega Pharma QuickStep
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Euskaltel fell apart in the time trial

Euskaltel fell apart in the time trial
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Team Sky won stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia

Team Sky won stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia
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Team Sky on the podium after the team time trial

Team Sky on the podium after the team time trial
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Garmin-Barracude went so fast one of its riders tongues was hanging out.

Garmin-Barracude went so fast one of its riders tongues was hanging out.
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Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin - Barracuda) in the Giro lead

Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin - Barracuda) in the Giro lead
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Garmin-Barracuda powers toward victory

Garmin-Barracuda powers toward victory
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) lost his overall lead

Taylor Phinney (BMC) lost his overall lead
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) picks the grass out of his drivetrain

Taylor Phinney (BMC) picks the grass out of his drivetrain
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The UCI were out in force checking bikes at the start

The UCI were out in force checking bikes at the start
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Omega-Pharma Lotto were the first team to race in this year's Giro d'Italia

Omega-Pharma Lotto were the first team to race in this year's Giro d'Italia
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The teams in start order

The teams in start order
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Turin was the setting for the start of the 2011 Giro d'Italia

Turin was the setting for the start of the 2011 Giro d'Italia
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Marco Pinotti leads his HTC-Highroad teammates

Marco Pinotti leads his HTC-Highroad teammates
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) gestures as he cross the finish line.

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) gestures as he cross the finish line.
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The Liquigas-Doimo team speeds to a Giro d'Italia stage win.

The Liquigas-Doimo team speeds to a Giro d'Italia stage win.
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Team Sky racers were soaked through during the rainy stage four Giro d'Italia team time trial.

Team Sky racers were soaked through during the rainy stage four Giro d'Italia team time trial.
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Race leader Alexandre Vinokourov at the front of his Astana Team during the team time trial.

Race leader Alexandre Vinokourov at the front of his Astana Team during the team time trial.
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The Liquigas-Doimo team raced under threatening skies, that dumped rain much of the day.

The Liquigas-Doimo team raced under threatening skies, that dumped rain much of the day.
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Julian Dean (Garmin-Slipstream) already in his time trial tuck.

Julian Dean (Garmin-Slipstream) already in his time trial tuck.
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Fabian Cancellara sets the pace for Team Saxo Bank.

Fabian Cancellara sets the pace for Team Saxo Bank.
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David Zabriskie's (Garmin-Slipstream) USA national time trial bike.

David Zabriskie's (Garmin-Slipstream) USA national time trial bike.
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Franco Ballerini rides the time trial stage.

Franco Ballerini rides the time trial stage.
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Cycling legend Francesco Moser previews the course.

Cycling legend Francesco Moser previews the course.
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American time trial champion David Zabriskie was the first to cross the line for Garmin - Slipstream.

American time trial champion David Zabriskie was the first to cross the line for Garmin - Slipstream.
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With this year's Giro d'Italia beginning with a team time trial, Cyclingnews has gone through the archives of the last 30 years to present a gallery of past races against the clock.

There was a lack of team time trials in early-to-mid 2000's although in recent years, it has made a comeback with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) and Salvatore Pucci (Team Sky) all enjoying a stint in the maglia rosa after a team time trial. Last year it was Team Sky who won the TTT on the island of Ischia.

The TTT is 21.7km in length and starts at in the shadow of the "Titanic Belfast" centre with the finishing straight of the course out the front of the Belfast City Hall.

Click here to see the gallery.

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