Vincenzo Nibali, Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde and the full set of Giro d'Italia riders took part in a team presentation in Apeldoorn on Thursday evening
- Photos by Graham Watson

Apeldoorn turned a shade of pink on Thursday evening as the teams and riders taking part in the 2016 Giro d’Italia were presented to the huge crowd of spectators.

The Dutch city will host the opening time trial stage of the Giro tomorrow (Friday), and the traditional pre-race presentation was typically glitzy.

Pink carpets, pink smoke and pink dancers paid homage to the famous and highly-prized maglia rosa of the Giro’s race leader.

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Each team filed on stage by bike, with key riders then interviewed including overall contenders Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Mikel Landa (Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Friday’s stage features a flat 9.8km time trial around Apeldoorn, with Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) the favourite to win and take the early race lead despite suffering from a stomach problem on Wednesday.

The Giro stays in the Netherlands until stage three on Sunday, before returning to Italy on Tuesday.

Spectators at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

A huge number of people turned out to watch the Giro d’Italia presentation on a perfect evening

Spectators at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Mind the edge!

Team Sky at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Team Sky’s flag bearer and mascot on stage in Apeldoorn

Ryder Hesjedal at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal films the crowd on his phone

Caleb Ewan at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan rides onto the stage

Marcel Kittel at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Marcel Kittel has been enjoying a return to form this year, and is the man to beat in the bunch sprints

Marcel Kittel at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Marcel Kittel with his Etixx-QuickStep team

A dancer at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Giro style: A pink dancer in a bubble

Movistar at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Movistar leader Alejandro Valverde is one of the leading race contenders

Trek at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Fabian Cancellara of Trek-Segafredo waves to the crowd. Earlier, Cancellara had said he’d been feeling unwell

Tom Dumoulin at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin will be eyeing the Giro’s time trial stages, including the opening test on Friday

Astana at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Italian hope Vincenzo Nibali arrives on stage with his Astana team

Astana at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

Astana at the presentation of the 2016 Giro d’Italia

  • patrick

    Perhaps scott made him ride the new foil just for the presentation, and he will use the old one in the race

  • Shinichi0831

    I thought Caleb Ewan preferred the older model of the Foil. Because it’s lighter and more comfortable, or maybe pressure from Scott?