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On the scene for week three of the Giro d'Italia

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After a hectic final week of the Giro, and four days with no internet access, i finally have some time (and an internet connection in a bar), to post some pictures.

On the first pass through Aprica on stage 16, breakaway riders and then the Russian-teams-led peloton rode past the assembled team buses.

Aprica

Aprica

Landa exulted in the second of his consecutive stage wins.

Landa

Landa

Trofimov and Amador, fourth and fifth on the stage

Trofimov and Amador

Aru, after losing almost three minutes and his second place on GC to Landa:

Aru

Aru

Geniez

Geniez

There were Giro d'Italia cookies for everyone in the press room at the Verbania headquarters for stage 18.  Nice touch, Verbania!

Giro cookies

Practically the entire press corps could have taken a group selfie in Hesjedal's goggle-like sunglasses.

Hesjedal

Some podium shots of stage winner Gilbert, maglia rosa Contador, and maglia azzurra Kruijswijk:

Gilbert podium

contador podium

contador

kruikswijkpodium

Press conference:

Gilbert

Gilbert

contador

contador

contador

The view from the stage headquarters in Cervinia was pretty awesome: Monte Cervino, aka the Matterhorn.

Monte Cervino

Fabio Aru scored an emotional stage win.

Aru

Hesjedal was second on the stage.

Hesjedal

JVdB

JVdB

Intxausti

Benat

Basso, Tiralongo, Stortoni and Rogers

Tiralongo and Basso

The grupetto was led in by Hansen, Tjallingii, Slagter, and Eisel.

Cervinia grupetto

Aru on the podium

Aru

Aru

Contador skipped the press conference in Cervinia, but before getting in a car to leave, he stopped to sign autographs for some kids.  While signing one boy's cap, he said to the kid, "Questo cappellino è magico, no?" ("This cap is magic, no?").

contador

On stage 20 in Sestriere, Aru won his second stage, while Contador did enough to clinch his Giro win.

Aru

Contador

Darwin Atapuma

Atapuma

Igor Anton

Anton

Davide Formolo with mountain backdrop:

Formolo

To cap off a wonderful Giro, I ran into a fellow Minnesotan in the finish area at Sestriere: Greg Lemond!

Greg Lemond and Susie Hartigan