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2009 Giro D'Italia
May 9 - May 31, 2009

Team Presentation at Venice, May 7, 2009

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The 2009 Giro starts in Venice with a team time trial on the famous Venice Lido. On the Thursday before the start, the teams were presented in Venice. Here, the riders the Italians call "I Big" go for a gondola ride. The closest boat looks to have Di Luca and Basso facing. Others in the picture, although I can't pick them out, are Simoni, Armstrong, Cunego, Menchov, Sastre and Garzelli.

Out on the canals. looks like Simoni and Armstrong facing Basso and Di Luca.
Lance Armstrong and Giro boss Angelo Zomagnan
The Giro will probably go to one of these gents. From the left: Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, Lance Armstrong, Gilberto Simoni, Danilo Di Luca, Damiano Cunego, Stefano Garzelli, Denis Menchov.
Team Astana presentation in front of the Doge's Palace. Note that despite rumors generated by the team's financial troubles, they are wearing the Astana kit.