Velonews: Photo Essay: Rain-soaked Riders In Giro Stage 12

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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Tanel Kangert had but a few seconds advantage with only 300 meters remaining. Photo: Wong Wei Yuet | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      In the press tent, journalists took cover from the rain as they watched Tanel Kangert on a solo attack with only a few kilometers remaining. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      With the rain falling again, cheering fans just got louder as the race to the finish neared. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Tension was on everyone's face as the race neared the end and the weather worsened. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Alberto Contador gave everything on the climb to Monte Berico. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Fabio Aru has been on form since the Giro start in Sanremo, but the weather and the climb took a toll on the Italian. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      Paolo Tiralongo exemplified what the peloton felt like at the finish in Monte Berico. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Steven Kruijswijk felt the pain of Monte Berico. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Rinaldo Nocentini waited for his soigneur to dig out his rain clothes for the ride back to the bus. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Wet was the story of the day in Vicenza. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Once across the line, riders immediately found their soigneurs and got all they needed to hydrate and warm up. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      When the weather is bad, it's not just the riders that have to endure it; soigneurs are also subject to the harsh conditions as they wait for the riders. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      Ivan Basso got a helping hand and rain gear after the finish. Photo: Iri Greco |BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      This soigneur signaled back to his colleague that they have four riders left to finish. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Tom Boonen got direction from the team of where the bus is after the finish. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      Ethiopian national champion Tsgabu Grmay squeezed his way through the finish line chaos in search of his team staff. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      Under cover and in dry clothes, Philippe Gilbert was ready to make the round of TV and Radio interviews. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      The fans surrounded the cathedral atop Monte Berico waiting for the arrival of the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      Richie Porte finished with the leaders and survived the conditions intact. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      Exhasuted and soaking wet, Philippe Gilbert was amazed and delighted with his stage victory. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      Even in atrocious conditions, some people found a reason to laugh. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      The finish line in Monte Berico turned into a parking lot as the roadway became too congested for anyone to pass. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Philippe Gilbert proved himself in the hardest of conditions with a victory atop Monte Berico. Photo: Jim Fryer | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Alberto Contador tested his rivals once again by taking second on the short and steep climb to the finish. Photo: Jim Fryer | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      With pain written all over his face, Simon Geschke showed he's improving as the Giro went on with a strong finish in Vicenza. Photo: Jim Fryer | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Carlos Betancur went deep to finish with the top men at Monte Berico. Photo: Jim Fryer | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      As the race finished, the skies opened up and sent race photographers looking for any form of shelter to protect their gear. Photo: Jim Fryer | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      Alberto Contador seemed in good spirits as his condition is solid and his shoulder injury appears to be manageable with the race heading toward the final week. Photo: Jim Fryer | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Philippe Gilbert showed the pain that the 11 percent climb of Monte Berico inflicted on the riders. Photo: Jim Fryer | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Giro d’Italia stage 12
      Monte Berico was just a little too much for Michael Matthews at the finish in Vicenza. Photo: Jim Fryer | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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