ITALIAN CLIMBERS FAVOURITES FOR GIRO D’ITALIA

Giro d'Italia 2007

With 2006 Giro winner Ivan Basso suspended after his confessions relating to his link with blood-doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, Damiano Cunego (Lampre), Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval) and Paolo Savoldelli (Astana) are now favourites to win the Giro d?Italia and pull on the coveted pink leader's jersey in Milan on June 3. 

All three are previous winners and have the ability to perform consistently well over the three weeks and especially in the mountains. Savoldelli may struggle on the uphill finishes to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Zoncolan but he has the stage race experience and time trialing ability to pull back some time in the last time trial to Verona.

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