This year sees the cream of the crop in road cycling competing for the shiny whirlwind trophy that is the Giro d'Italia! There are some serious contenders this year and they seem to be evenly spread across the teams.
There are 23 teams that will start the Giro d'Italia, each team has 9 riders, whose skill and experience range across the different trials featured in the Giro d'Italia, some excel in time trials where as others battle and defeat the mountain stage. The range of skill makes for exciting viewing and means that this race is full of small and larger victories.
Maxim Belkov (RUS), Pavel Brutt (RUS), Giampaolo Caruso (ITA), Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Petr Ignatenko (RUS), Dmitriy Kozontchuk (RUS), Luca Paolini (ITA), Yury Trofimov (RUS) and Angel Vicioso (ESP).
Gianluca Brambilla (ITA), Mark Cavendish (GBR), Michal Golas (POL), Iljo Keisse (BEL), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Jérôme Pineau (FRA), Gert Steegmans (BEL), Matteo Trentin (ITA) and Julien Vermote (BEL).
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Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Valerio Agnoli (ITA), Fabio Aru (ITA), Dmitri Gruzdev (KAZ), Tanel Kangert (EST), Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE), Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Alessandro Vanotti (ITA) and Andrey Zeits (KAZ).
Sacha Modolo (ITA), Stefano Pirazzi (ITA), Enrico Battaglin (ITA), Nicola Boem (ITA), Manuel Bongiorno (ITA), Sonny Colbrelli (ITA), Marco Canola (ITA), Paolo Locatelli (ITA) and Edoardo Zardini (ITA).
Darwin Atapuma (COL), Edwin Avila (COL), Robinson Chalapud (COL), Fabio Duarte (COL), Leonardo Duque (COL), Wilson Marentes (COL), Dalivier Ospina (COL), Jarlinson Pantano (COL) and Carlos Quintero (COL).
Eros Capecchi (ITA), Juan Jose Cobo (ESP), Alex Dowsett (GBR), Jose Herrada (ESP), Benat Intxausti (ESP), Vladimir Karpets (RUS), Pablo Lastras (ESP), Francisco Ventoso (ESP) and Giovanni Visconti (ITA).
Brett Lancaster (AUS), Christian Meier (CAN), Jens Keukeleire (BEL), Jens Mouris (NED), Leigh Howard (AUS), Luke Durbridge (AUS), Matt Goss (AUS), Pieter Weening (NED) and Svein Tuft (CAN).
Bert De Backer (BEL), Thomas Damuseau (FRA), John Degenkolb (GER), Patrick Gretsch (GER), Ji Cheng (CHN), Koen de Kort (NED), Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE), Luka Mezgec (SLO) and Albert Timmer (NED).
George Bennett (NZL), Danilo Hondo (GER), Robert Kiserlovski (CRO), Tiago Machado (POR), Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA), Nelson Oliveira (POR), Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Hayden Roulston (NZL) and Jesse Sergent (NZL).
Ivan Basso (ITA), Tiziano Dall'Antonia (ITA), Paolo Longo Borghini (ITA), Alan Marangoni (ITA), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Cristiano Salerno (ITA), Jose Sarmiento (COL), Elia Viviani (ITA) and Cameron Wurf (AUS)
Grega Bole (SLO)Martijn Keizer (NED)Maurits Lammertink (NED)Pim Ligthart (NED)Marco Marcato (ITA)Rob Ruijgh (NED)Jose Rujano (VEN)Rafael Valls (ESP)Frederik Veuchelen (BEL)
Rafael Andriato (ITA), Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Danilo Di Luca (ITA), Oscar Gatto (ITA), Stefano Garzelli (ITA), Alessandro Proni (ITA), Matteo Rabottini (ITA), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA) and Fabio Taborre (ITA).
Giairo Ermeti (ITA), Fabio Felline (ITA), Mattia Gavazzi (ITA), Tomas Gil (VEN), Franco Pellizotti (ITA), Jackson Rodriguez (VEN), Diego Rosa (ITA), Miguel Angel Rubiano (COL) and Emanuelle Sella (ITA).
Mattia Cattaneo (ITA), Kristjan Durasek (CRO), Roberto Ferrari (ITA), Przemyslav Niemiec (POL), Daniele Pietropolli (ITA), Filippo Pozzato (ITA), Michele Scarponi (ITA), Jose Serpa (COL) and Simone Stortoni (ITA).
Bradley Wiggins, Dario Cataldo, Sergio Henao, Christian Knees, Danny Pate, Salvatore Puccio, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Rigoberto Urán and Xabier Zandio.
Davide Appollonio (ITA), Manuel Belletti (ITA), Julien Bérard (FRA), Carlos Betancur (COL), Guillaume Bonnafond (FRA), Hubert Dupont (FRA), Ben Gastauer (LUX), Sylvain Georges (FRA) and Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA).
David Millar, Ryder Hesjadal , Tyler Farrar, Andrew Talansky, Dan Martin and Nick Nuyens (others tbc)