Mikel Landa, Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet to face off at Giro del Trentino

The three WorldTour teams at the Giro del Trentino will send strong squads to the four-day stage race in Italy next week

(Photos: Watson/Sunada)

There may only be three WorldTour teams competing at the Giro del Trentino this year but the quality of the field remains pretty high, with a host of Grand Tour contenders present.

Mikel Landa continues his build up to the Giro d'Italia in his fourth race for Team Sky. The Spaniard, who finished second to Richie Porte in this race last year, will be looking to improve on his 11th and 12th place finishes in stage races so far this season.

In Landa's old team, Astana, Vincenzo Nibali takes the leadership role, with a strong band of helpers, including Jakob Fuglsang and Michele Scarponi - perhaps a warm-up for the Giro squad.

The other WorldTour team, Ag2r La Mondiale, sends both Romain Bardet - the likely leader for the Tour de France - and Domenico Pozzovivo - who could lead at the Giro. Jean-Christophe Peraud also forms part of the formidable squad.

Of the Pro Continental teams, three-time Trentino winner Damiano Cunego will ride for Nippo-Vini Fantini and young Brit Hugh Carthy - ninth in the Volta a Catalunya - is part of the Caja Rural team.

The race starts with a 12.1km team time trial on Tuesday, April 19 and is followed by three mountainous stages.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.