Our pick of the best riders to follow to give you an insight into the effort that goes in to a three week Grand Tour
Steven Kruijswijk (profile)
Strava KOMs: 658
One of the few Giro GC contenders to use Strava with any sort of regularity, Steven Kruijswijk can usually be relied upon to upload his races, even if he keeps his training regime a little more hidden.
André Greipel (profile)
Strava KOMs: 135
With only a handful of sprinters taking to the start line in Sardini, André Greipel will be hopeful of picking up a few stage wins in Italy, and maybe also add to that relatively measly KOM count.
Thibaut Pinot (profile)
Strava KOMs: 1,112
One of pro cycling’s pioneers on Strava, Thibaut Pinot has amassed a huge haul of KOMs since he signed up back in 2013, and will be looking to pick up even more as he covers some new ground on his first Giro d’Italia.
Stefano Pirazzi (profile)
Strava KOMs: 215
If you’re not familiar with him already, then former mountains classification winner Stefano Pirazzi will become a regular sight over the next three weeks as he inevitably makes it into nearly every breakaway, even including his power data in most rides.
Winner Anacona (profile)
Strava KOMs: 180
One of Nairo Quintana‘s key domestiques, Winner Anacona is another rare beast in a pro cyclist who uploads his power data to Strava, which will be fascinating to take a look at when he’s working hard in the mountains.
Yves Lampaert, aka John Deere (profile)
Team: Quick-Step Floors
Strava KOMs: 198
Quick-Step Floors rider and farmer’s son Yves Lampaert certainly takes the KOM for the best profile name with John Deere, although it doesn’t seem to have done him much good when it comes to picking up followers.
Wilco Kelderman (profile)
Team: Team Sunweb
Strava KOMs: 506
A previous top 10 finisher at the Giro, Kelderman looks likely to be a key domestique for Tom Dumoulin in 2017, but will also make sure he has time to upload his ride after each stage.
Enrico Battaglin (profile)
Strava KOMs: 38
Battaglin will be looking to add to the two Giro stage wins that he has already, and also add a few KOMs to his feeble current effort of 38.
Giovanni Visconti (profile)
Strava KOMs: 664
Despite being on domestique duty for Vincenzo Nibali, Giovanni Visconti (or Visconti G. as he seems to go by on Strava) will probably go on the attack at some point this Giro, and when he does we can’t wait to have a look at his power numbers.
Joe Dombrowski (profile)
Strava KOMs: 871
Joe Dombrowki’s regular rides around his adopted home of the Côte d’Azur always inspire envy, especially with the accompanying pictures, but he’ll be hoping to pick up a few KOMs on Italian soil over the next few weeks.
Moreno Hofland (profile)
Strava KOMs: 113
One of André Greipel’s key lead out men, Hofland is a Strava devotee that usually accompanies his rides with pictures too, although he unfortunately usually strips his power data collected by his SRM power meter.