With this year’s Giro d’Italia getting underway in less than three weeks, organizers for the the Grand Tour event have released the provisional start list.
The Giro’s opening team time trial will feature 22 teams, each made up of 9 riders – for a total of 198 participants.
Milan, April 22, 2014 – Friday, May 9th is approaching fast and the expected main protagonists of the Giro d’Italia (from Belfast to Trieste – 1st June) are warming up.
The opening team time trial of the Giro will see the 22 teams, each made up of 9 riders, at the start line, with a total of 198 participants.
Among those expecting to fight for overall victory in the Giro d’Italia 2014 are the Colombian Nairo Quintana and Spanish Joaquin Rodriguez.
They will also battle from the Australian Cadel Evans, the other Colombian Rigoberto Uran and Irish cousins Nicholas Roche and Daniel Martin.
Also at the start will be the winners of previous editions of the Corsa Rosa: Michele Scarponi (who will wear the number 1 as the teammate of last year’s winner), Ivan Basso, Damiano Cunego and the Canadian Ryder Hesjedal.
The sprints are likely to be contested between the in-form German Marcel Kittel, the French Nacer Bouhanni and the Australian Michael Matthews, along with Britain’s Ben Swift, the American Tyler Farrar and the Italians Alessandro Petacchi, Elia Viviani, Giacomo Nizzolo, David Appollonio and Francesco Chicchi.
As for “stages hunters”, keep an eye out for the Spanish Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez, the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen, Frenchman Pierre Rolland, the Spanish Igor Anton, the Belgian Thomas De Gendt, and the Italians: the national champion Ivan Santaromita along with Luca Paolini, Diego Ulissi, Mauro Finetto, Filippo Pozzato, Moreno Moser, Enrico Battaglin and Domenico Pozzovivo.
TEAMS AND SELECTED RIDERS
Astana Pro Team (Michele SCARPONI, Fabio ARU)
AG2R La Mondiale (Domenico POZZOVIVO, Davide APPOLLONIO)
Androni Giocattoli (Franco PELLIZZOTTI, Johnny HOOGERLAND)
Bardiani CSF (Enrico BATTAGLIN, Sonny COLBRELLI)
Belkin Pro Cycling Team (Steven KRUIJSWIJK, Maarten TJALLINGII)
BMC Racing Team (Cadel EVANS, Samuel SANCHEZ)
Cannondale (Ivan BASSO, Moreno MOSER)
Colombia (Fabio DUARTE, Jarlinson PANTANO)
FDJ.FR (Nacer BOUHANNI, Murilo FISCHER)
Garmin Sharp (Ryder HESJEDAL, Daniel MARTIN)
Lampre – Merida (Damiano Cunego, Diego ULISSI)
Lotto Belisol (Lars BAK, Adam HANSEN)
Movistar Team (Nairo QUINTANA, Adriano MALORI)
Neri Sottoli (Mauro FINETTO, Matteo RABOTTINI)
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step (Rigoberto URAN, Alessandro PETACCHI)
Orica GreenEdge (Michael MATTHEWS, Ivan SANTAROMITA)
Team Europcar (Yukiya ARASHIRO, Pierre ROLLAND)
Team Giant – Shimano (Marcel KITTEL, Simon GESCHKE)
Team Katusha (Joaquin RODRIGUEZ, Luca PAOLINI)
Team Sky (Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, Peter KENNAUGH)
Tinkoff Saxo (Nicholas ROCHE, Rafal MAJKA)
Trek Factory Racing (Robert KISERLOVSKI, Giacomo NIZZOLO)
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