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PICS: From Grey's Anatomy to Giro's pink jersey for Patrick Dempsey

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American actor Patrick Dempsey played a starring role at the Giro d'Italia on Friday – when he donned a vintage pink jersey and rode with the peloton for the opening kilometres of the seventh stage at Castrovillari.

Dempsey, who played a doctor in the popular television series Grey's Anatomy, was appearing as a guest of the BMC team, who were celebrating on Thursday after seeing their Swiss rider Silvan Dillier clinch the fifth stage.

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US actor Patrick Dempsey stands on the podium prior to the start of the 7th stage of the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP

Dempsey appeared at the start line of Castrovillari and was also pictured on the riders' podium, where he was asked who his favourite cyclist of all-time was.

From left, Jan Polanc , Bob Jungels, US actor Patrick Dempsey, Fernando Gaviria and Adam Yates. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP

"Merckx," replied the 51-year-old American, referring to retired Belgian legend Eddy Merckx – generally considered the greatest stage racer of all time.

Patrick Dempsey, center, pedals with other cyclists prior to the start of the 7th stage of the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP


Dempsey then hopped on his bike, clipped into his cleats and rode alongside Luxembourg's Bob Jungels – wearing the real pink jersey as race leader – for the opening kilometres of the route which lead to the official start line.

US actor Patrick Dempsey, right, poses with Giro leader Bob Jungels. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP

Friday's stage is a 217 km ride from Castrovillari to Albrobello, close to Bari in the 'heel' of Italy's boot.

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