Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins (Sky) takes to the start line of the 2013 Giro de Trentino in Italy on Tuesday in his preparations for an assault on the overall classification of the Giro d’Italia in May.
The Giro del Trentino is a UCI 2.HC-ranked four-day, five-stage race featuring four tough road stages and one 14.1km team time trial.
Tuesday’s opening day features a split stage: a morning road race, and an afternoon team time trial.
Wednesday’s second stage is the first of two that features a mountain-top finish, the second is the final stage on Friday which has a real sting in the tail with a 14.6km climb at an average of eight per cent.
Thursday’s stage is a hilly affair that may suit an escape or attack whilst the climbers and GC men take a breather between the two higher mountain stages.
Last year’s race was won by Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r), who returns to defend his title wearing the number one plate. Also present along with Pozzovivo and Wiggins are Grand Tour big hitters Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), Ivan Basso (Cannondale), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar).
Great Britain is represented in the race by Wiggins, Peter Kennaugh (both Sky), Jonny McEvoy, Erick Rowsell (both NetApp-Endura) and Adam Blythe (BMC Racing).
Giro del Trentino 2013: Stages
Stage 1a, Tuesday April 16 – Lienz to Lienz, 128.5km
Stage 1b, Tuesday April 16 – Lienz to Lienz, 14.1km TTT
Stage 2, Wednesday April 17 – Sillian (Austria) to Vetriolo Terme, 224.8km
Stage 3, Thursday April 18 – Pergine Valsugana to Condino (Valle delle Chiese), 176.1km
Stage 4, Friday April 19 – Arco to Sega di Ala, 166.8km
Giro de Trentino 2013: Teams
Ag2r La Mondiale
Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
CCC Polsat Polkowice
Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
Giro del Trentino 2013: TV schedule
Digital and satellite broadcaster British Eurosport will be showing live coverage and highlights of the 2013 Giro del Trentino. Check your electronic programme guide or the British Eurosport website for schedule changes.
Wednesday April 17, 11;30-12:30, Stage 1b team time trial highlights, British Eurosport
Wednesday April 17, 12:30-14:00, Stage 2 LIVE, British Eurosport
Thursday April 18, 13:30-15:00, Stage 3 LIVE, British Eurosport
Friday April 19, 13:30-15:00, Stage 4 LIVE, British Eurosport
Giro del Trentino: Recent winners
2012 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)
2011 Michele Scarponi (Ita)
2010 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)
2009 Ivan Basso (Ita)
2008 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)
2007 Damiano Cunego (Ita)
2006 Damiano Cunego (Ita)
2005 Julio Perez (Mex)
2004 Damiano Cunego (Ita)
2003 Gilberto Simoni (Ita)
Giro de Trentino: Last year’s top ten (2012)
1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox in 12-57-47
2. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 40 secs
3. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale at 1-04
4. Carlos Betancur (Col) Acqua & Sapone at 1-42
5. Jose Rujano (Ven) Androni Giocattoli at 2-07
6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 2-33
7. Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale at 2-34
8. Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia-Coldeportes at 3-55
9. Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing at 4-01
10. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing at 4-05