Nairo Quintana's complete guide to the Giro d'Italia 2017

2014 champion looks ahead at the route of this year's race

Nairo Quintana on stage nineteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia (Credit: Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

When the Giro d'Italia starts in Sardinia on Friday, Movistar's Nairo Quintana will stand on the star line as the favourite, with many backing him to beat the likes of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) to repeat his triumph from 2014.

Ahead of the start of the 100th edition of the race, the 27-year-old Colombian looks ahead at the punishing route of the three week race, including the two major time trials where he will try to limit his losses.

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