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Giro Rest Day Photo Round-up

As we all take a break from the daily Giro excitement, here are some photos from the last few stages.

The Giro's first mountain-top finish was in a beautiful setting at Abruzzo's Roccaraso ski resort.  The red foliage of faggio trees (beech trees) gave the slopes an autumnal look.

Roccaraso

A jubilant Tim Wellens won the stage with a big enough margin for some finish line heroics.

Wellens Giro win

Among the GC favorites, Nibali had the roughest finish, losing a handful of seconds to his rivals.

Nibali

While leading in a small group fifteen minutes after Wellens finished, Manuele Mori apparently saw someone he knew in the commentary box.

Mori

Wellens at the post-stage press conference:

Wellens

At the start of following day's stage, Tom Dumoulin in the maglia rosa led the peloton out of Sulmona.

Sulmona

On the first pass through Arezzo, 31 kilometers from the finish of stage eight, the big GC guys were all together.

Arezzo

Brambilla took the first Italian stage win of this Giro.

Brambilla stage win

His breakaway companion, De Marchi, finished a minute and a half later, just holding off the charging GC men.

De Marchi

A gap in the favorites group gave Chaves and Zakarin a three-second advantage over Majka, Nibali, and Uran.

Arezzo

It was a day to forget for Dumoulin, who lost his maglia rosa to Brambilla, and slipped to more than a minute behind his GC rivals.

Dumoulin

Brambilla looked like he was having the time of his life on the podium.

Brambilla podium

Brambilla podium

Brambilla maglia rosa

Stunning Greve in Chianti hosted the finish of the stage nine time trial.

Greve in Chianti

This tifoso's house, and his baby, were ready in rosa for the Giro's arrival.

Arezzo

The buffet lunch in the stage headquarters featured a Chianti tasting.  Nice!

Greve in Chianti

By the time i big finished, it was raining too hard to take out the camera, but I got shots of some of the earlier finishers, including Tim Wellens and Joe Dombrowski.

Welles tt

Dombrowski tt

Last look at Cancellara before he headed home from the Giro:

Cancellara