Giro d’Italia preview: Contenders for the maglia rosa

The 95th Giro d’Italia starts tomorrow (Saturday) without the man who won last year’s race ‘on the road’: Alberto Contador. Indeed, the race begins with only the newly crowned Michele Scarponi present of the three current Grand Tour champions – the 2011 winners of the Tour de France (Cadel Evans) and Vuelta a Espana (Juan Jose Cobo) are also absent. Continue reading

Giro d’Italia preview: Five key stages

This year’s Giro d’Italia, which starts on Saturday, covers a total of 3,504km in 21 stages over 23 days. But which stages are most likely to provide the most spectacular racing and have the biggest impact on the final general classification?

Below we have selected five stages which we think will have the biggest impact on the battle for the maglia rosa. In a race designed to start small and build to a crescendo, unsurprisingly our chosen stages all take place in the final nine days. Continue reading

Giro d’Italia: Teams and sponsors (part 2)

In advance of this Saturday’s start of the 2012 Giro d’Italia, here is the second part of VeloVoices’ overview of the 22 teams and their title sponsors, which reveals an eclectic mix of bike manufacturers, financial services providers, explosive manufacturers and even countries! Only in cycling …

The final list of participants is subject to change in the last few days before the race, but these are accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing. Continue reading