Images from the 2008 Giro d'Italia as we approach the start of the 2009, 100th anniversary, of the Giro d'Italia.
Last year's winner of the Maglia Rosa was Alberto Contador in 89h:56m:49s. Contador is skipping this year's Giro in order to prepare for the Tour de France. Of the possible winners this years he said, "Clearly there are many favorites and lots of complicated days where you could lose a great deal of time, but if I had to choose two riders it would be Ivan Basso and Levi Leipheimer," said Contador. "There's also Armstrong, Sastre, Cunego, Di Luca and many more who'll be in the fight, but if I had to bet, it would be on Basso and Leipheimer."
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