2012 Giro d'Italia Photos - Stage 7

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The scene in Recanati at the start of Stage 7
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The Lampre team of race leader Adriano Malori
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Malori is enjoying his time in pink
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There was a large crowd at the start
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Mark Cavendish (Sky) and Malori
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Cavendish
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Malori plays the accordion
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A Scarponi fan watches as the daily batch of pink balloons is released toward the sky
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Stage 7 is underway, Recanati to Rocca di Cambio
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Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) in the peloton.  Hesjedal has ambitions this year.
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A 4-man breakaway formed immediately from the start and included Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM), Fumiyuki Beppu (Orica-GreenEdge) and Reto Hollenstein (Team NetApp)
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The breakaway
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The chasing peloton
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Hesjedal in the pack
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At the finish at Rocca di Cambio, Michele Scarponi (Lampre) and Paolo Tiralongo (Astana Pro Team) race to the line.
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Tiralongo takes the win
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Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) finished third ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin) comes in in 5th place, good enough to grab the overall race lead.
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Tiralongo on the podium
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Tiralongo and podium girls
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A wild-eyed Tiralongo sprays victory champagne
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New race leader Ryder Hesjedal and podium girls.  Hesjedal is the first-ever Canadian to lead the Giro d'Italia.
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Hesjedal points to his sponsor logos
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Two thumbs up from Hesjedal
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Hesjedal sprays champagne from the podium
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