The start list of the 2017 Giro d'Italia (May 5-28)
You can always rely on the Giro d’Italia to deliver some exciting racing, but sometimes the strength and depth of the field can leave a little to be desired.
However, that certainly shouldn’t be the case in 2017, with the hundredth edition of the race shaping up to boast an impressive start list.
Although the start list is still to be confirmed, the race should be headlined by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Fabio Aru (Astana), a trio with three Giro wins and seven Grand Tour victories between them.
The showdown between Nibali and Aru should be particularly interesting given that they were former teammates at Astana, meaning that we’ve never been able to see them truly go up against each other.
Logic would dictate that the race winner will come from those three, but there are plenty of other strong riders who could step up to the place if the leading trio falter.
Bora-Hansgrohe’s Rafal Majka finished one place behind Kruijswijk last year and has never finished lower than seventh in the Giro, while Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) will all be looking to transfer previous impressive results in the Tour de France across the Italian Grand Tour.
There only a few sprinters who have indicated that they will be riding the Giro in 2017, with Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) the pick of them so far.
Finally we will also Diego Ulissi riding in the new colours of UAE Abu Dhabi, with the Italian looking to add to the seven Giro d’Italia stage victories that he already has on his palmarès.
The 2017 Giro d’Italia route was announced in October, with racing getting underway on Friday May 5 in Alghero on the island of Sardinia, and finishing on Sunday May 28 with a time trial into Milan.
The full start list will be announced in due course.
Giro d’Italia 2017 start list (TBC)
Ag2r-La Mondiale (FRA)
SANCHEZ Luis Leon
BMC Racing (USA)
VAN GARDEREN Tejay
CCC Sprandi Polkowice (POL)
Dimension Data (RSA)
VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen
Quick Step Floors (BEL)
Team Sunweb (GER)
Team Sky (Great Britain)
UAE Team Emirate (UAE)
ATAPUMA John Darwin
Wilier Triestina (ITA)
MARECZKO, Jakub (ITA)