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91st Giro d'Italia - GT
Italy, May 10-June 1, 2008
Riders arrive in Palermo for the start of the Giro d'Italia
By Gregor Brown
The 198 riders starting in the 2008 Giro d'Italia arrived in Palermo's airport on Wednesday evening. Defending Champion, Italian Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes), showed up in a maglia rosa of sorts (it was a pink casual shirt).
After unpacking and a night's rest, teams – including 2007 Tour de France Alberto Contador's Astana – hit the roads around Palermo for training in view of the race start on Saturday. The 2008 Giro d'Italia – 21 stages total – kicks off with a 23.6-kilometre team time trial.
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