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The countdown to the beginning of the 2023 Giro d’Italia included the official group presentation on Thursday night time, with the 22 groups exhibiting off their closing rosters and a few new colors for the primary Grand Tour of the season.
Many of the 176 riders that make up the 2023 Giro d’Italia peloton arrived in Abruzzo on the central Adriatic coast on Wednesday and went for his or her first coaching riders on Thursday morning to shake down their new bikes and have a primary take a look at Saturday’s opening time trial alongside the coast.
World champion Remco Evenpoel, three-time stage winner Primož Roglič, Geraint Thomas and 2020 champion Tao Geoghegan Hart all confronted the media in a collection of scheduled video press conferences, revealing their hopes and ambitions for the Corsa Rosa, with Alasdair Fotheringham and Barry Ryan attending for Cyclingnews.
The groups underwent some pre-race pictures and video shoots for tv after which rode on stage between 8:30 and 10:00 pm native time in Pescara, waving to the gang once they maybe most well-liked to be having fun with a plate of pasta.
EF Schooling-EasyPost confirmed off their new patchwork colors which exchange their common pink equipment to keep away from a conflict with the chief’s magia rosa. Intermarché-Circus-Wanty additionally confirmed their new equipment for the Giro, with the sky blue and fluorescent colors created by the form of wine stains to thank sponsor Vini Zabù.
Israel-Premier Tech additionally has a brand new purple and blue jersey to honour their sponsor Vini Fantini, which relies in Abruzzo.
Most riders appeared lean, clear shaven and able to race, with Mark Cavendish attempting his hardest to talk in Italian, João Almeida exhibiting off a brand new moustache and Roglič showing joyful and relaxed. Evenepoel was somewhat extra critical however appeared to benefit from the cheers from the tifosi.
He and his Soudal-QuickStep wore face masks earlier than driving on stage to keep away from any danger of catching COVID-19 from different riders or race workers. The current circumstances at Jumbo-Visma have involved some groups and the Dutch squad line-up on stage with simply seven riders as Sam Oomen was nonetheless travelling to Italy.
The riders head out for closing coaching rides on Friday, most on their time trial bikes, for a take a look at the 19.6km time trial course from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona alongside the gorgeous Ciclovia bike path.
Click on or swipe by our photograph gallery to get an actual really feel of what occurred on the group presentation.
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✅ Groups Presentation 👏 A tutte le squadre e corridori… in bocca al lupo!👏 To all groups and riders… better of luck!#GirodItalia #Giro pic.twitter.com/jMi2PydG4iCould 5, 2023