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As the Cyclingnews live blimp takes height, the riders are signing on in Diamante. 

With four categorised climbs and a total of 4,510 metres in elevation gain, the Giro tackles its first mountain range, the Apennines. 

There are almost as many scenario for the stage as there are metres of climbing. 

This is the map of the stage, in the toe and heel of Italy.

One rider missing from the start today is Michael Mørkøv.

The riders are lining up for the roll out of Diamante.

There is a real sense of tension at the start. 

We can see Britain's James Knox up front. Will the QuickStep rider try to go in the break?