Vincenzo Nibali, Fabian Cancellara and Tom Dumoulin among provisional Giro d'Italia starters

It's already shaping up to be a great Giro d'Italia with a host of huge names set to be on the start line in Apeldoorn on May 6

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) will go head-to-head with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Mikel Landa (Team Sky), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) in his quest to win a second Giro d'Italia title.

The Astana leader is one of the big names on the provisionals start list released by Giro organiser RCS Sport, which also includes Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo).

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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.