Giro Gallery: Stages 1-5

La madrina Cristina Chiabotto con il trofeo durante la presentazione del 98/mo Giro d'Italia, 8 maggio 2015. ANSA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO

The grand prize (just the trophy, mind) (ANSA/Daniel Dal Zennaro)

Il team AG2R La Mondiale durante la crono a squadre sulla pista ciclabile tra San Lorenzo al Mare e Sanremo (IM), 9 maggio 2015. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

A team time trial opened the race. Here’s AG2R La Mondiale on the road to Sanremo (ANSA/Claudio Peri)

San Remo - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Team BMC Racing Team crossing the "dangerouw" tunnel   pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-1 TTT - Team Time Trial from San Lorenzo Al Mare to San Remo - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

BMC ride through one of the tunnels on the bike path (Cor Vos)

San Remo - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Team Giant - Alpecin  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-1 TTT - Team Time Trial from San Lorenzo Al Mare to San Remo - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Giant-Alpecin fly past the coastal foliage (Cor Vos)

San Remo - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   team Orica - GreenEdge  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-1 TTT - Team Time Trial from San Lorenzo Al Mare to San Remo - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Masters of the discipline, Orica-GreenEdge took the win by seven seconds from Tinkoff-Saxo (Cor Vos) 


 

Genova - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Simon Gerrans (Team Orica Greenedge)    pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-2 - from Albenga to Genova - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

The first Maglia Rosa of the race, Simon Gerrans, pictured before the first of four days in Liguria (Cor Vos)

Un momento della seconda tappa del Giro d'Italia 2015 da Albenga a Genova, 10 maggio 2015. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

The tifosi cheer on their heroes (ANSA/Claudio Peri)

Genova - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   illustration - sfeer - illustratie pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-2 - from Albenga to Genova - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

The peloton en route to Genoa (Cor Vos)

Genova - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  illustration - sfeer - illustratie  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-2 - from Albenga to Genova - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Splits in the peloton as the leadout trains take charge for the sprint finish (Cor Vos)

Genova - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   Elia Viviani (Team Sky) - Moreno Hofland (Team LottoNL - Jumbo) pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-2 - from Albenga to Genova - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Sky’s Elia Viviani timed his sprint to perfection to take his first ever Giro stage win (Cor Vos) 


 

Sestri Levante - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   illustration - sfeer - illustratie pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-3 - from Rapallo to Sestri Levante - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

191 riders interrupt a peaceful countryside scene on stage three (Cor Vos)

Un momento della terza tappa del Giro d'Italia 2015 da Rapallo a Sestri Levante, 11 maggio 2015. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

Tinkoff-Saxo and Astana massed on the front for the majority of the stage (ANSA/Claudio Peri)

Sestri Levante - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal)  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-3 - from Rapallo to Sestri Levante - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Adam Hansen was in the break on his birthday. It’s his eleventh Grand Tour in a row (Cor Vos)

Sestri Levante - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Michael Matthews (Orica - GreenEdge) - Fabio Felline (Team Trek Factory Racing)  - Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)   pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-3 - from Rapallo to Sestri Levante - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Sestri Levante saw Michael Matthews win in pink once again (Cor Vos)

Sestri Levante - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   illustration - sfeer - illustratie pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-3 - from Rapallo to Sestri Levante - photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Rosé for the Maglia Rosa (Cor Vos) 


 

La Spezia - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Fabio Aru (Astana) - Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) - Richie Porte (Team Sky)  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-4 - from Chiavari to La Spezia- photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Stage four to La Spezia saw Fabio Aru, Alberto Contador and Richie Porte go on the attack (Cor Vos)

La Spezia - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - sfeer - illustratie  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-4 - from Chiavari to La Spezia- photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

The race was shattered on the rolling hills of southern Liguria (Cor Vos)

Giro stage 4 Formolo celebration (ANSA - DAL ZENNARO - PERI)

Baby-faced Davide Formolo gives the thumbs up after his solo win (ANSA/Dal Zennaro – Peri)

La Spezia - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Simon Clarke (Orica - GreenEdge)  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-4 - from Chiavari to La Spezia- photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Four days in, and a third Orica-GreenEdge rider takes the overall lead. Simon Clarke celebrates (Cor Vos) 


 

Abetone - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Ivan Basso (Tinkoff - Saxo) - Davide Formolo (Cannondale - Garmin)   pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-5 - from La Spezia - Abetone- photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Ivan Basso has tipped his ex-teammate Davide Formolo as a future Giro winner (Cor Vos)

Giro stage 5 Paul Smith (ANSA - DAL ZENNARO - PERI)

Sir Paul Smith, designer of the Giro’s jerseys in 2013, snaps a shot of the race (ANSA/Dal Zennaro – Peri)

Abetone - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Alberto Contador Velasco (Team Tinkoff Saxo) - Fabio Aru (Team Astana) - Uran Rigoberto (Team Sky)  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-5 - from La Spezia - Abetone- photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Stage four brought the first summit finish of the race. Contador, Aru and Porte were on the offensive again (Cor Vos)

Abetone - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Jan Polanc (Lampre - Merida)  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-5 - from La Spezia - Abetone- photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Lampre-Merida’s second year pro Jan Polanc beat his breakmates to the win on Abetone (Cor Vos)

Abetone - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo)    pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-5 - from La Spezia - Abetone- photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2015

Another day, another General Classification leader. Can Alberto Contador keep his pink jersey til Milan? (Cor Vos)

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