Michele Acquarone, Giro d'Italia director

The Giro d'Italia will feature more sprints and be ideal for Sky and Mark Cavendish next year. New race director, Michele Acquarone explained the three-week stage race will be "balanced" and different from last year.

"More sprints for Cavendish? Definitely," Acquarone told Cycling Weekly. "We need balance. All the champions need to have the chance to show off their talents."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.