Giro d'Italia
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Gallery: Giro’s colorful Dutch kickoff

The Giro d'Italia introduced its teams and riders in front of a huge crowd in the Netherlands ahead of Friday's first stage.
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Confetti
With a splash of pink confetti, the Giro d’Italia kicked off its 99th edition. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Downhill practice
It was no Stelvio, but teams had to negotiate a tricky little ramp in the presentation. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Landa and Sky
Sky’s new grand tour leader, Mikel Landa, saluted the crowd. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Hansen
Adam Hansen sets off on his 14th consecutive grand tour on Friday. Can he keep the streak alive? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Cannondale
Cannondale waved to the crowd. It hopes Rigoberto Uran will be a factor in the GC battle over the next three weeks. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Cancellara
Fabian Cancellara, ever serene, rode across the stage ahead of what will be his final Giro d’Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Dumoulin
Tom Dumoulin soaked in the applause of the home crowd in his native Dutch country. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Astana
Astana’s boys in blue should be a force to be reckoned with in this Giro, as they were last year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Jungels
The Dutch crowd cheered Luxembourg national champion Bob Jungels. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Kittel and Etixx – Quick-Step
Marcel Kittel waved to the crowd — if all goes according to plan, he’ll be back on the podium soon with two very choice sprinting stages on offer this weekend. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Crowds
The crowd packed the square in Alpeldoorn, Netherlands on Thursday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: BMC
A few BMC riders took photos of their own, while the crowd took photos of them — very meta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Pozzovivo
Italian Domenico Pozzovivo will hope for better luck this time around after crashing out of last year’s Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Giro d'Italia, teams presentation: Lotto – Soudal
Lotto – Soudal waved to the crowd on a sunny day in the Netherlands. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com