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The 84th Giro d'Italia photo gallery will feature the excellent pictures of Fotoreporter Sirotti as well as AFP photos.

Pre race press conference - May 18: Pescara
Prologue - May 19: Pescara, ITT, 7.6 km
Stage 1 - May 20: Giulianova - Francavilla Al Mare, 202 km
Stage 2 - May 21: Fossacesia - Lucera, 167 km
Stage 3 - May 22: Lucera - Potenza, 149 km
Stage 4 - May 23: Potenza - Montevergine Di Mercogliano, 169 km
Stage 5 - May 24: Avellino - Nettuno, 229 km
Stage 6 - May 25: Nettuno - Rieti, 150 km
Stage 7 - May 26: Rieti - Montevarchi, 239 km
Stage 8 - May 27: Montecatini Terme - Reggio Emilia, 185 km
Stage 9 - May 28: Reggio Emilia - Rovigo, 142 km
Stage 10 - May 29: Lido Di Jesolo - Ljubljana, 212 km
Stage 11 - May 30: Bled - Gorizia, 187 km
Stage 12 - May 31: Gradisca - Montebelluna, 139 km
Stage 13 - June 1: Montebelluna - Passo Pordoi (Valle Di Fassa), 225 km
Stage 14 - June 2: Cavalese - Arco (Garda Trentino), 163 km
Stage 15 - June 3: Sirmione - SalÚ ITT, 55.5 km
Stage 16 - June 4: Erbusco - Parma, 142 km
Stage 17 - June 6: Sanremo "Circuito Dei Fiori", 119 km
Stage 18 - June 7: Imperia - S. Anna Di Vinadio, 230 km
Stage 19 - June 8: Alba - Busto Arsizio, 163 km
Stage 20 - June 9: Busto Arsizio - Arona, 181 km
Stage 21 - June 10: Arona - Milano, 121 km

Pre race press conference - May 18: Pescara

Last year's podium with this year's Maglia Rosa - Francesco Casagrande, Stefano Garzelli and Gilberto Simoni

Prologue - May 19: Pescara, ITT, 7.6 km

Danilo Hondo (Telekom) - pictured in front of his team bus before the start of the prologue
Mario Cipollini (Saeco) - riding the prologue in that skinsuit
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - in action during the 7.6 km prologue TT
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - looking determined
Francesco Casagrande (Fassa Bortolo) - rides during the prologue
Danilo Di Luca (Cantina Tollo) - using an aerodynamic skinsuit
Defending champion Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) - with tiger helmet
World Champion Serguei Gontchar (Liquigas) - during the prologue
Ivan Gotti (Alessio) - struggles along
Abraham Olano (ONCE-Eroski) - could only finish 10th in the prologue
Ivan Quaranta (Alexia Alluminio) - during the prologue
Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - finished a long way down in 85th place
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto) - won the prologue at an average speed of nearly 59 km/h
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco) - wears the first pink jersey of the overall leader

Stage 1 - May 20: Giulianova - Francavilla Al Mare, 202 km

The peloton - passes though the Italian countryside
Race leader Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto) - gets ready for the first stage
Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - rides in the bunch.
Rik Verbrugghe - looks relaxed and confident in the early part of the stage
The peloton - set out for Francavilla Al Mare
Ellis Rastelli (Liquigas) - triumphs ahead of Vladimir Duma (Panaria)
Ellis Rastelli - raises his arms in triumph, winning despite the foul conditions.
Rik Verbrugghe - celebrates his second day in pink

Stage 2 - May 21: Fossacesia - Lucera, 167 km

Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto) - stands with his bike before the start of stage 2
Danilo 'di Caprio' di Luca - signs autographs for adoring fans
The peloton - ride along during the second stage
Saeco's Mario Cipollini - chats with Telekom's Danilo Hondo during the second stage
Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - rides along during the second stage.
Massimiliano Mori (Saeco) - recieves attention from the team car
Nathan O'Neill (Panaria) - receives attention from the race doctor
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - staying out of trouble
Danilo Hondo (Telekom) - wins the second stage into Lucera
Danilo Hondo - wins the second stage into Lucera (again)
Danilo Hondo - raises his arms in triumph as he wins stage 2.
Danilo Hondo - celebrates his win across the line
Danilo Hondo - with the podium girls on stage 2.
Danilo Hondo - sprays champagne on the podium
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto) - sprays the podium with champagne

Stage 3 - May 22: Lucera - Potenza, 149 km

Abraham Olano (ONCE-Eroski) - signs autographs for the young 'uns
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre-Daikin) - ponders the future
Jan Ullrich - shakes hands with race leader Rik Verbrugghe before the startfrom Lucera to Potenza.
Intergiro leader Pietro Caucchioli and mountains leader Domenico Gualdi - get ready to start
Guisseppe di Grande (Tacconi) - gets some mechanical help
Daivd Latasa (iBanesto.com) - waits for a wheel change
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto) - gets a push from a team mechanic after he fell at 60 kilometre mark.
Danilo Hondo (Telekom) - finishes ahead of Endrio Leoni (Alessio)
Danilo Hondo - raises his arms in celebration of a second stage win
Danilo Hondo - pips Endrio Leoni (Alessio) on the line
Danilo Hondo - raises his arms fully after ensuring his win
Danilo Hondo - complete with podium girls after winning his second stage
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto) - lets the champagne fly as he remains in the maglia rosa for another day

Stage 4 - May 23: Potenza - Montevergine Di Mercogliano, 169 km

Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) - gets a bike change from a teammate after he fell
Stefano Garzelli - leads Gilberto Simoni and Danilo di Luca around the last corner, with 300m to go
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - comes around the final corner
Laurent Dufaux (Saeco) - leads Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) up the final slope
Danilo Di Luca (Cantina Tollo) - wins stage four to Montevergine ahead of Gilberto Simoni and Garzelli
Danilo Di Luca - wins stage four to Montevergine
Guiliano Figueras - and Davide Rebellin cross for fourth and fifth place.
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - rides to the finish of the fourth stage, 30 seconds behind
Danilo Di Luca - raises his arms in triumph on the podium after his stage 4 win
A blonded Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) - becomes the new overall leader
Dario Frigo - is kissed on the podium as the new wearer of the Maglia Rosa
Dario Frigo - salutes the crowd
Somewhat dazed - Rik Verbrugghe wonders what went wrong today.
Rik Verbrugghe - inspects his latest injuries after the finish

Stage 5 - May 24: Avellino - Nettuno, 229 km

The peloton - pass through Maddaloni during stage 5
Ivan Quaranta (Alexia) - wins the mass sprint of stage 5
Ivan Quaranta - A close up shot of his win
Ivan Quaranta - with the podium girls
Ivan Quaranta - raises his arms on the podium
Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) - had no problems finishing in pink today
Dario Frigo - gets the champagne going after stage 5
Dario Frigo - is kissed on the podium

Stage 6 - May 25: Nettuno - Rieti, 150 km

Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - signs autographs for the masses
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - signs autographs for the masses
Kelme's Jesus Manzano - lies on the ground after colliding with a motorbike.
A Bonjour rider - gets some medical assistance
Mario Cipollini (Saeco) - wins the stage into Rieti
Mario Cipollini - wins the stage into Rieti (again)
Mario Cipollini - beats Danilo Hondo (Telekom) in the stage 6 sprint
Mario Cipollini - lets the champagne fly on the podium
Mario Cipollini - gets a big kiss on the podium
Dario Frigo's Maglia Rosa - is fitting him better each day

Stage 7 - May 26: Rieti - Montevarchi, 239 km

The Lotto team - relax at the villaggio di partenza before the start
The peloton - head towards the hills during stage 7
A Mapei rider - gets some mechanical help out of the team car window
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - waits patiently as his mechanic performs a rear wheel change
Marco Pantani - chases with a teammate after puncturing
Davide Rebellin (Liquigas) - leads Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) on the Monte Luco climb
Stefano Garzelli - leads Davide Rebellin on the Monte Luco climb.
Stefano Zanini (Mapei) - wins stage 7 in front of Missaglia and Ullrich
Stefano Zanini - looking delighted as he wins the stage
Stefano Zanini - puts his arms up after he wins stage 7
Stefano Zanini - raises his arms on the podium
Stefano Zanini - celebrates with the podium girls

Stage 8 - May 27: Montecatini Terme - Reggio Emilia, 185 km

Fassa Bortolo - ride in support of Frigo during the tough stage
Members of the Selle Italia team - setting the pace
Oscar Camenzind (Lampre), Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) and Ivan Gotti (Alessio) - ascend one of the many climbs
Dario Frigo - had to work hard during stage 8 to retain the Maglia Rosa
Dario Frigo - and Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) during stage 8
Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio) - during his successful escape
The Lampre train - with Camenzind, Frigo, Pantani, and di Luca in tow
Danilo di Luca (Cantina Tollo) - leads the charge near the end of the stage
Guiliano Figueras (Panaria), Davide Rebellin (Liquigas) and Hernan Buenahora (Selle Italia) - during their last minute bridging attmpt
Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio) - wins stage 8 into Reggio Emilia
President of the European Commission Romano Prodi - shakes hands with stage winner Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio)
Romano Prodi and race director Carmine Castellano - on a Giro d'Italia organization car
Dario Frigo - shows off the pink jersey in Stage 8
Dario Frigo - on the podium with the Maglia Rosa and associated hangers on.
Dario Frigo - celebrates retaining the pink in the traditional manner
Fredy Gonzalez (Selle Italia) - the new wearer of the green mountains jersey

Stage 9 - May 28: Reggio Emilia - Rovigo, 142 km

The Telekom lead out train - goes full gas in the finale
Mario Cipollini (Saeco) - puts his arms up as Danilo Hondo acknowledges total defeat
Mario Cipollini - wins stage 9 into Rovigo (front)
Mario Cipollini - salutes as he wins (close)
Mario Cipollini - finishes ahead of Danilo Hondo (Telekom) (side)
Mario Cipollini - looking unruffled as ever, raises his arms on the podium
Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) - adjusts his cap after retaining the Maglia Rosa
Dario Frigo - smiles in the Maglia Rosa
A suave looking Massimo Strazzer (Mobilvetta) - looking comfortable in the blue Intergiro jersey
Fast Fredy Gonzalez (Selle Italia) - wearing the green mountains jersey

Stage 10 - May 29: Lido Di Jesolo - Ljubljana, 212 km

The Saeco team - dressed in their "Black Lightning" outfits before the start
The "Black Lightning" Saeco team - pose with bikes
Denis Zanette (Liquigas) - raises his arms as he wins stage 10 into Ljubljana
Denis Zanette - raises his arms as he wins stage 10.
Denis Zanette - raises his arms as he wins stage 10 (again)
Denis Zanette - relaxes after crossing the line
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - screws up his face at the effort of finishing another stage
Stage winner Denis Zanette - raises his arms on the podium
Denis Zanette - stands on the podium after his win
Denis Zanette - gets the mandatory kiss from the podium girls
Denis Zanette - wipes the champagne from his eyes after his success
A happy Massimo Strazzer (Mobilvetta) - enjoying his time in the blue intergiro jersey
Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) - in pink for another day after stage 10

Stage 11 - May 30: Bled - Gorizia, 187 km

The breakaway riders - come through with one lap (12 km) to go in the 11th stage
The 10 man break - led by Baliani with one lap (12 km) to go
Dmitri Konyshev - leads Matteo Tossatto and the rest of the Fassa Bortolo train
An exhausted Pablo Lastras (iBanesto.com) - relaxes after winning stage 11 by 10 seconds
Pablo Lastras - after winning stage 11.
Giovanni Lombardi (Telekom) - sprints home to take second place
Pablo Lastras - looking pleased on the podium
Pablo Lastras - lets the champagne fly
Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) - Still pretty in pink
Dario Frigo - salutes the crowd in the Maglia Rosa after stage 11.

Stage 12 - May 31: Gradisca - Montebelluna, 139 km

The rain - came down heavily in stage 12
Just rewards - Fassa Bortolo's Matteo Tosatto wins the wet stage 12 into Montebelluno
Matteo Tosatto - signals to the left after his win
Matteo Tosatto - signals to the right after his win
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - picked up almost enough time to move into the lead
Massimo Strazzer (Mobilvetta) - wins the sprint for 4th place
A damp, muddy Dario Frigo - feels the weight of the Maglia Rosa on his shoulders
Matteo Tosatto - raises his arms on the podium
Matteo Tosatto - goes starry eyed with his podium kiss
Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) - gets a kiss on the podium
Fassa Bortolo - party on the podium!
Massimo Strazzer (Mobilvetta) - now wearing the magenta points jersey and the blue intergiro jersey
Wet onions - A very wet Mario Cipollini in a hurry after stage 12.

Stage 13 - June 1: Montebelluna - Passo Pordoi (Valle Di Fassa), 225 km

Fabio Baldato (Fassa Bortolo) - poses with a young fan before the start
Kevin Livingston (Telekom) - looking slightly nervous before the start of the toughest stage
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - puts on his race face
Brother, can you spare a smoke? - Roberto Conti chats before the stage.
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto) - Can I go and race now?
Alvaro Gonzalez, Manolo Saiz and Abraham Olano (ONCE) - get ready for action
Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - rides in the grupetto
Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - behind Danilo Hondo
Matthias Kessler (Telekom) - struggles on his own during the toughest stage
Matthias Kessler (Telekom) - catching his breath after the stage
The peloton - remained together on the first climb of the Passo Rolle
A scenic view - of the Dolomites, through which stage 13 travelled
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - chases down one of the descents
Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - eventually lost 30 minutes
Marzio Bruseghin (iBanesto) - concentrates during his attack
Danilo di Luca (Cantina Tollo) - tried to limit his losses
The leading group: Dario Frigo and Wladimir Belli set the pace, but Simoni was waiting
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - rides through the crowds during stage 13.
Gilberto Simoni and Dario Frigo - battled it out for the lead
They say winners are grinners
Julio Perez Cuapio (Panaria) - during his winning ride
Simoni and Perez Cuapio - with 700m to go.
Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) and Hernan Buenahora (Selle Italia) - with 700m to go.
Julio Perez Cuapio - wins the stage on top of Pordoi
Julio Perez Cuapio - puts his arms up in a victory salute
Julio Perez Cuapio - wins the stage from Gilberto Simoni (Lampre)
Gilberto Simoni - feels the pain as he finishes behind Perez
Dario Frigo - came in at 45 seconds
Julio Perez Cuapio - gives a toothy grin on the podium.
Julio Perez Cuapio - gets the champagne at last!
Gilberto Simoni - The new Maglia Rosa in the Giro d'Italia.

Stage 14 - June 2: Cavalese - Arco (Garda Trentino), 163 km

Juan Garate - the last Lampre rider in the train
ONCE's Jose Azevedo and Abraham Olano - climb during stage 14
Andrea Noe - became Mapei's leader by default after Garzelli withdrew
Guiliano Figueras (Panaria) - climbs during stage 14
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - was showing some signs of his climbing prowess
Marco Pantani - in the company of his Mercatone Uno teammates riding through a crowd
Paolo Savoldelli (Saeco) - rode well to finish 8th on the stage
Carlos Contreras (Selle Italia) - on the steepest part of the Santa Barbara climb
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - leads the charge on Santa Barbara
Gilberto Simoni, Carlos Contreras and Wladimir Belli - at the front
Gilberto Simoni - could not get the better of Dario Frigo on today's stage 14
The leading riders - climb up Santa Barbara in stage 14
Carlos Contreras (Selle Italia) - wins the stage in front of Wladimir Belli and Unai Osa
Wladimir Belli - punches the handlebars in frustration after finishing second behind Carlos Contreras
Colombian Carlos Contreras - raises his arms on the victory dais
Gilberto Simoni - gives a smile on the podium after retaining his Maglia Rosa

Stage 15 - June 3: Sirmione - SalÚ ITT, 55.5 km

Abraham Olano (ONCE) - rode well but not brilliantly to finish 3rd
Jose Azevedo (ONCE) - takes a corner during the TT
Abraham Olano (ONCE) - takes a corner during the TT
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - takes a corner.
Danilo di Luca (Cantina Tollo) - drives out of the saddle
Unai Osa (iBanesto) - lost his third place on GC for the time being
Sergey Gontchar (Liquigas) - looking good in his World Champion's skinsuit
Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - during the TT. Well he *looks* fit!
Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) - feels the pain.
Dario Frigo - changes positions.
Dario Frigo - gives it everything he's got
Dario Frigo - front on, out of the saddle
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - rode an excellent TT to finish second behind his rival Dario Frigo
Gilberto Simoni - pictured from the front
Gilberto Simoni - pictured front on.
Gilberto Simoni - rode the time trial of his life on stage 15.
Dario Frigo - unleashes the champagne.
Gilberto Simoni - pulls on another Maglia Rosa after the time trial

Stage 16 - June 4: Erbusco - Parma, 142 km

Mario Cipollini (Saeco) - works on his tan
The peloton - cross an iron bridge
Ivan Quaranta (Alexia) - wins stage 16 in front of Endrio Leoni and Mario Cipollini
Ivan Quaranta - smiles on the podium
Ivan Quaranta - gets friendly on the podium
Ivan Quaranta - wins stage 16
Ivan Quaranta - wins stage 16 (again)
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - composes himself on the podium

Stage 17 - June 6: Sanremo "Circuito Dei Fiori", 119 km

A motorcyclists' eye view - of the peloton during stage 17
The peloton - ride through a village on the mountainside
The peloton - ride past the seaside during stage 17
The Lampre train - was once again in force
The leading riders - on Monte Bignone
Danilo di Luca (Cantina Tollo) - tells his teammate Sergey Yakovlev to stop being lazy and do a turn
Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio) - away solo on Monte Bignone.
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - descends Monte Bignone
Jan Ullrich (Telekom) - leans it over on the descent of Monte Bignone
Jose Azevedo (ONCE) - in pursuit of Pietro Caucchioli on the descent of Monte Bignone
Demon descender Jose Azevedo (ONCE) - leads Caucchioli during stage 17
Jose Azevedo - leads Pietro Caucchioli during their daring escape.
Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio) - wins the stage into San Remo
Pietro Caucchioli - frowns after his victory
Jan Ullrich - beat Gianni Faresin in for third place
Jan Ullrich - crosses the line in third place.
Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio) - uncorks the champagne
Pietro Caucchioli - smiles on the podium
Pietro Caucchioli - with the podium girls
Simoni - lets rip with the champagne
Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno) - gives a press conference after the stage
Italian motorcycling ace - Max Biaggi was present at the finish in San Remo

Stage 18 - June 7: Imperia - S. Anna Di Vinadio, 230 km

*Note: Today's stage was cancelled for 'technical reasons' after a rider protest against police hotel raids.

The chaos - at the start of today's cancelled stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia
La Gazzetta dello Sport director - Candido Cannavo looks tense
Race director - Carmine Castellano talks to the media
All dressed up and nowhere to go - The riders in their meeting
Selle Italia's Fortunato Baliani - with his D.S. Gianni Savio
President - of the Italian professional cyclists association (ACCPI), Enrico Ingrilli
Enrico Ingrilli - reads the rider's continuation statement out to the media

Stage 19 - June 8: Alba - Busto Arsizio, 163 km

And so few - have ruined the party for so many
Mario Cipollini (Saeco) - wins the 19th stage in front of Marco Zanotti (Liquigas) and Danilo Hondo (Telekom)
Mario Cipollini - wins the 19th stage into Busto Arsizio, putting the Giro back on its feet again.
Il Magnifico - moments after winning
Mario Cipollini - raises his flowers in triumph
Mario Cipollini - struggles with the champagne on the podium
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - unleashes the champagne on unsuspecting journalists

Stage 20 - June 9: Busto Arsizio - Arona, 181 km

Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - talks to the press before the stage
The three remaining members of the Bonjour team - start stage 20 on borrowed bikes
Abraham Olano (ONCE) - rode strongly in pursuit of Unai Osa
Gilberto Simoni - powers through the rain on the Mottarone climb
The Devil made me do it! - Gilberto Simoni and a well known racing identity
Gilberto Simoni - grits his teeth through the storm during his escape
Gilberto Simoni - pictured front on during his escape
Gilberto Simoni - gets ready to raise his arms as he wins stage 20
Gilberto Simoni - pulls off an impressive solo victory
Gilberto Simoni - raises his arms fully in triumph
A drenched Paolo Savoldelli (Saeco) - crossing the stage 20 finish line in second place
Gilberto Simoni - secure and happy in pink

Stage 21 - June 10: Arona - Milano, 121 km

Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) - waves to the camera surrounded by his pink and blue Lampre teammates
Gilberto Simoni - the champion of the 2001 Giro.
A close up - of Gilberto Simoni's subtle, yet effective blue and pink rinse
The Lampre-Daikin team - look happy in their colors despite the damp
Mario Cipollini (Saeco) - wins the final stage in Milan
Mario Cipollini - triumphs in the final stage of the Giro d'Italia.
Mario Cipollini - smiles on the podium for the last time in the 2001 Giro
Mario Cipollini - congratulated yet again for a stage win.
Gilberto Simoni - holds his trophy aloft
Gilberto Simoni - stands in the middle of the podium, flanked by Abraham Olano and Unai Osa
Fredy Gonzalez (Selle Italia) - gets the green mountains jersey with his trophy
Massimo Strazzer (Mobilvetta) - won the magenta points jersey
Massimo Strazzer (Mobilvetta) - won the blue Intergiro jersey

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