11 riders to follow on Strava for the Giro d'Italia

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 (opens in new tab))

Steven Kruijswijk at the 2016 Vuelta a España (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: LottoNL-Jumbo

Followers: 30,057

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 (opens in new tab))

André Greipel at the 2017 Paris-Nice (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: Lotto-Soudal

Followers: 37,090

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 (opens in new tab))

Thibaut Pinot at the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: FDJ

Followers: 63,910

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 (opens in new tab))

Stefano Pirazzi at the 2016 Giro d'Italia (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: Bardiani-CSF

Followers: 3,364

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 (opens in new tab))

Winner Anacona at the 2016 Tour de Suisse (Credit: Watson)
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Team: Movistar

Followers: 6,588

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 (opens in new tab))

Yves Lampaert at the 2017 Dwars Door Vlaanderen (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: Quick-Step Floors

Followers: 2,502

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 (opens in new tab))

Wilco Kelderman at the 2017 Tour Down Under (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: Team Sunweb

Followers: 21,631

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 (opens in new tab))

Enrico Battaglin at the 2016 Giro d'Italia (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: LottoNL-Jumbo

Followers: 2,484

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 (opens in new tab))

Giovanni Visconti at the 2017 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Credit: Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Team: Bahrain-Merida

Followers: 14,486

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 (opens in new tab))

Joe Dombrowki at the 2016 Giro d'Italia (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: Cannondale-Drapac

Followers: 19,064

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 (opens in new tab))

Moreno Hofland at the 2015 Giro d'Italia (Credit: Sunada)
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Team: Lotto-Soudal

Followers: 5,207

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.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.