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Dancers on stage at the Giro team presentation

Dancers on stage at the Giro team presentation
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A fan is dressed for the Giro team presentation

A fan is dressed for the Giro team presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali and Alexandr Vinokourov

Vincenzo Nibali and Alexandr Vinokourov
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A presenter holds the Giro d'Italia trophy.

A presenter holds the Giro d'Italia trophy.
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Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) does a wheelie for the crowd

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) does a wheelie for the crowd
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Team Katusha on stage in Apeldoorn.

Team Katusha on stage in Apeldoorn.
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Team Katusha on stage in Apeldoorn.

Team Katusha on stage in Apeldoorn.
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BMC line up on the stage in Apeldoorn.

BMC line up on the stage in Apeldoorn.
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Marcel Kittel waves to the crowd in Apeldoorn.

Marcel Kittel waves to the crowd in Apeldoorn.
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Etixx-QuickStep riders descend onto the main stage in Apeldoorn.

Etixx-QuickStep riders descend onto the main stage in Apeldoorn.
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Etixx-QuickStep's David de la Cruz

Etixx-QuickStep's David de la Cruz
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The confetti flies in Apeldoorn at the Giro teams presentation.

The confetti flies in Apeldoorn at the Giro teams presentation.
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A huge crowd turned out for the 2016 Giro d'Italia teams presentation on May 5 in Apeldoorn.

A huge crowd turned out for the 2016 Giro d'Italia teams presentation on May 5 in Apeldoorn.
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A BMC rider waves to the crowd from the platform leading to the main stage in Apeldoorn.

A BMC rider waves to the crowd from the platform leading to the main stage in Apeldoorn.
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Etixx-QuickStep riders on the platform leading to the main stage in Apeldoorn.

Etixx-QuickStep riders on the platform leading to the main stage in Apeldoorn.
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The Devil was on hand in Apeldoorn for the Giro d'Italia teams presentation.

The Devil was on hand in Apeldoorn for the Giro d'Italia teams presentation.
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Team Sky rides onto the main stage in Apeldoorn at the Giro d'Italia teams presentation.

Team Sky rides onto the main stage in Apeldoorn at the Giro d'Italia teams presentation.
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Team Sky on the main stage in Apeldoorn at the Giro d'Italia teams presentation.

Team Sky on the main stage in Apeldoorn at the Giro d'Italia teams presentation.
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Davide Formolo gets a photo from the stage

Davide Formolo gets a photo from the stage
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Big crowds at the team presentation

Big crowds at the team presentation
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Cannondale take the stage at the Giro team presentation.

Cannondale take the stage at the Giro team presentation.
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Alejandro Valverde waits for the Movistar introduction

Alejandro Valverde waits for the Movistar introduction
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Manuel Quinziato (BMC)

Manuel Quinziato (BMC)
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the Giro team presentation stage

the Giro team presentation stage
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Daniel Oss clowns for the cameras.

Daniel Oss clowns for the cameras.
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Etixx-QuickStep riders wait for their introduction

Etixx-QuickStep riders wait for their introduction
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A rider takes the stage at the Giro team presentation.

A rider takes the stage at the Giro team presentation.
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Filippo Pozzato (Wilier -Southeast)

Filippo Pozzato (Wilier -Southeast)
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Vincenzo Nibali at the team presentation

Vincenzo Nibali at the team presentation
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Vincenzo Nibali rides onto the stage at the team presentation

Vincenzo Nibali rides onto the stage at the team presentation
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Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida)

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida)
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Lampre-Merida on stage

Lampre-Merida on stage
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Katusha on stage at the Giro team presentation.

Katusha on stage at the Giro team presentation.
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Dimension Data ride on stage at the Giro team presentation.

Dimension Data ride on stage at the Giro team presentation.
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Dancers on stage at the Giro team presentation.

Dancers on stage at the Giro team presentation.
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A fan waves a [pink flag to celebrate the start of the Giro in Aoeldoorn.

A fan waves a [pink flag to celebrate the start of the Giro in Aoeldoorn.
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Inside the bubble at the Giro team presentation.

Inside the bubble at the Giro team presentation.
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Astana ride onto the stage.

Astana ride onto the stage.
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Team Sky's Mikel Landa

Team Sky's Mikel Landa
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Team Sky's Elia Viviani

Team Sky's Elia Viviani
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Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara
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One of the hostesses at the team presentation

One of the hostesses at the team presentation
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Fabian Cancellara rides onto stage at the Giro team presentation

Fabian Cancellara rides onto stage at the Giro team presentation
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fans dresses up for the occassion

fans dresses up for the occassion
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Fabian Cancellara rides onto the Giro presentation stage

Fabian Cancellara rides onto the Giro presentation stage
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A rider takes his spot on the Giro presentation stage

A rider takes his spot on the Giro presentation stage
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The Giro team presentation stage

The Giro team presentation stage
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BMC riders take a selfie from the Giro team presentation stage

BMC riders take a selfie from the Giro team presentation stage
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Tinkoff on the Giro stage

Tinkoff on the Giro stage
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Tinkoff riders make their way toward the Giro stage

Tinkoff riders make their way toward the Giro stage
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A scene from the Giro d'Italia team presentation

A scene from the Giro d'Italia team presentation
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The Giro d'Italia trophy was present for the team presentation

The Giro d'Italia trophy was present for the team presentation
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Big crowds for the 2016 Giro team presentation

Big crowds for the 2016 Giro team presentation
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Plenty of photo opportunities at the Giro team presentation

Plenty of photo opportunities at the Giro team presentation
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A scene from the Giro d'Italia team presentation

A scene from the Giro d'Italia team presentation
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Movistar exit the stage after the team presentation

Movistar exit the stage after the team presentation
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Team Sky on stage at the Giro d'Italia presentation

Team Sky on stage at the Giro d'Italia presentation
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AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo

AG2R's Domenico Pozzovivo
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The Devil went to Holland

The Devil went to Holland
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Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)
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Damiano Cunego (Nippo - Vini Fantini)

Damiano Cunego (Nippo - Vini Fantini)
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The Gazprom-RusVelo team on stage

The Gazprom-RusVelo team on stage
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Filippo Pozzato (Wilier -Southeast)

Filippo Pozzato (Wilier -Southeast)
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The Giro trophy center stage at the presentation

The Giro trophy center stage at the presentation
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dancers entertain the crowds at the Giro presentation

dancers entertain the crowds at the Giro presentation
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Astana ride on stage

Astana ride on stage
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Astana on stage at the Giro d'Italia presentation

Astana on stage at the Giro d'Italia presentation
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Astana ride on stage

Astana ride on stage
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Big crowds for the 2016 Giro team presentation

Big crowds for the 2016 Giro team presentation
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The final step in the build-up to the 99th Giro d’Italia came on Thursday evening as crowds gathered in Apeldoorn to welcome riders at the teams presentation.

Fully kitted out, the riders rode, team-by-team, out of the City Hall building and into the Market Square, completing a lap of a pink-carpeted runway before taking to the stage.

Behind the scenes, before venturing out, the riders passed through a media zone, where Cyclingnews was on hand to grab a word with some of the protagonists of the next three weeks.

Flick through the gallery above for all the best images from the event, and scroll below for the riders’ quotes. For all our Giro d’Italia build-up coverage, click here.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

I’m here with a great team behind me and we’re really up for trying to win the Giro.

I feel good. My preparation has been perfect. I’m here with a fresh head, with drive, and with form. So now I just need luck to add to that.

We’ll have to be attentive, ride at the front, because we know how the roads are here in Holland - narrow, with road furniture, and also wind, so we’ll have to be up there.

Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo)

[The TT course] was actually perfect for me. I was preparing well, had good feelings, good confidence, but I’m looking like an outsider now [after falling ill]. I will do my best and I will not give up.

I might go for a walk in the morning but the rest will just be focusing on those 9.8 kilometres. If I have energy left, good, if not, we will see. The first rule is the health then second is what I was aiming for. First thing, my health is coming back and I can be at the start line. If I had a fever again today I wouldn’t be here.

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)

I’m really excited. It’s my home country – which I love – and a time trial – which I love – so I’m very excited.

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)

I like the Giro, I have finished in the top 10 two times and now it’s a bit of a bigger step: top 3. I feel good, and we wait for the mountains. For sure I’m here to win a stage and also get in the top 3. There are a lot of good riders, the harder the race the better, and we’ll also need to have good luck.

Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge)

I’m calm, happy. We have the chance to get good results in Holland, also we have little wind which is an advantage for those of us who don’t weigh very much. We’re going for two sprint stages with Caleb then we’ll think about the GC for me.

Steven Kruisjkwijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)

My goal is to improve on last year’s result [7th overall]. Last year I lost time in the first week, so this time I need to concentrate on not losing any time in the first two weeks and put myself in a good position for the final week and the mountains.

Nicolas Roche (Team Sky)

When you come here with a team that has to ride for a top leader for GC, it’s all about seizing opportunities when they come. When it comes to the briefing and they say ‘alright Nico maybe today you can go in the breakaway,’ I’ll try to give it my best shot.

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