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Sardinia prepares for Giro d'Italia Grande Partenza - Gallery

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A painted child's bike sits outside a shop front

A painted child's bike sits outside a shop front
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The Alghero airport welcomes the Giro

The Alghero airport welcomes the Giro
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You can pretend to be a Giro winner at the Alghero airport

You can pretend to be a Giro winner at the Alghero airport
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The Trofeao Senza Fina is on display at the Alghero airport before the racing gets underway Friday

The Trofeao Senza Fina is on display at the Alghero airport before the racing gets underway Friday
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'Arrivo'

'Arrivo'
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Sadly the water remains blue in Alghero but it still could be coloured pink for stage 1

Sadly the water remains blue in Alghero but it still could be coloured pink for stage 1
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Even the dogs of Alghero are excited for the Giro d'Italia

Even the dogs of Alghero are excited for the Giro d'Italia
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Sardinia will welcome the Giro d'Italia on May 5

Sardinia will welcome the Giro d'Italia on May 5
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A sea of pink in Sardinia

A sea of pink in Sardinia
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Plenty of locals are getting involved

Plenty of locals are getting involved
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No pink bikes here, but a pink background

No pink bikes here, but a pink background
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You can admire the pink bike and plan your next holiday destination at the same time

You can admire the pink bike and plan your next holiday destination at the same time
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Stand still long enough and you might be painted pink yourself

Stand still long enough and you might be painted pink yourself
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The first stage will start on the sea front

The first stage will start on the sea front
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The 2017 Giro d'Italia will be the 100th edition of the race

The 2017 Giro d'Italia will be the 100th edition of the race
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Good weather is expected for the opening weekend

Good weather is expected for the opening weekend
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Boats line the harbour side

Boats line the harbour side
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Local shops getting into the Giro spirit

Local shops getting into the Giro spirit
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The countdown is almost over

The countdown is almost over
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A big pink bike

A big pink bike
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2017 will be the third time the Giro d'Italia has visited Sardinia

2017 will be the third time the Giro d'Italia has visited Sardinia
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The streets are lined with pink

The streets are lined with pink
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A digital board counting down the days hangs outside a building in Alghero

A digital board counting down the days hangs outside a building in Alghero
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The start of the Giro d'Italia 2017 is just two days away, with riders set to roll out of Alghero on Friday, May 5. You'd be hard-pressed not to notice the arrival of Italy's biggest race as the streets of Alghero have been turned pink with locals and shops all getting in on the act.

Riders and teams have already descended on Sardinia and are making their final preparations ahead of the race. Press conferences are also under way with Vincenzo Nibali the first to face the press on Wednesday afternoon. The defending champion unveiled his new-look bike for the Giro d'Italia and a jersey to go with it.

Fabio Aru, who is from Sardinia, was meant to be riding the Giro d'Italia as the leader of the Astana team but a knee injury prevented him from riding. With the race also set to honour his late teammate Michele Scarponi, the Italian will be making an appearance at the team presentation on Thursday evening. Aru will also be there on Friday to drop the flag and start the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia.

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