The battle for the general classification at the Giro d’Italia is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the cycling season, with more than half-a-dozen riders in the frame for the pink jersey.

The obvious favourites for the race are Grand Tour winners Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), although Team Sky‘s Mikel Landa is entering the race on good form.

Valverde is riding his first ever Giro as he builds his season around competing for the gold in the Olympic road race in August. Nibali, though, is not entering on the best form, having finished well down the field at the Giro del Trentino.

Landa won the overall title in Trentino, ahead of Nibali’s teammate Tanel Kangert and Jakob Fuglsang, both of whom will be on the start line in Apeldoorn on Friday.

Outside bets include Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale), who has the backing of Jonathan Vaughters, Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale), Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge), Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)