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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

Italy's Sicilian city Palermo hosts the start of the 91st Giro d'Italia
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
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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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