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Gallery: The best photos from the 2019 Giro d'Italia

With the 2019 Giro d'Italia finished, we look back at the best images from the race. Photos: Chris Auld

The 2019 Giro d'Italia has now come to a close. Movistar took the win thanks to Richard Carapaz, a name few of us has said in relation to an expected winner before the race started. He wasn't even Movistar's key rider as Mikel Landa lined up with the number 1 dossard, but the Ecuadorian took the pink jersey after winning Stage 14 and never looked back.

All 21 stages, even the boring ones, gave photographer Chris Auld the chance to get some excellent images and we've brought together the best in this gallery.

Below is the gallery put together on the first rest day. Then we were looking at Primoz Roglic to run away with the overall win but he weakened in the third week and could only manage third overall, 2:30 down on Carapaz.

The Slovenian may not have dominated in the way we thought he might but the chances of him now winning a future Grand Tour have only increased as he will have gained vital experience from his time in Italy.

Meanwhile, there's also one previous winner at home in Maastricht looking at the final GC and thinking what could have been after the result of a previous crash forced him to abandon early into Stage 5.

Gallery: The best photos from the 2019 Giro d'Italia at the first rest day

The 2019 Giro d'Italia's first rest day is a chance to reflect on the race so far. Tom Dumoulin fell and was forced to abandon, Simon Yates might be regetting talking himself up quite so much after falling apart on the race's second time-trial, while Primoz Roglic so far looks peerless.

Each day of racing has produced some stunning photo opportunities and photographer Chris Auld has been there to capture them. Head through the gallery to see Auld's best images from the first nine stages before we head into Stage 10 on Tuesday 21st May.

The 2019 Giro will kick off again after the rest day with a 147km flat run from Ravenna to Modena on what looks like a day almost certain to end in a bunch sprint.

Things then soon start to get pretty lumpy, so Roglic's Jumbo-Visma teammates will need to be on top form to guide the race's favourite through these mountain tests ahead of his key rivals.

With Dumoulin out and Yates off the pace, two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali looks the biggest threat. The whole race can change on one climb, though, so the race could be anyone's be the end of week three. But at this point it'll probably be Roglic's to lose.