Giro d’Italia 2019 – The GC-Favourites

PRIMOZ ROGLIC (JUMBO-VISMA)

Definitely one of the top favourites of this year’s Giro d’Italia. He won all the 3 stage races he participated (UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour de Romandie), one of the riders in best shape, and the the 3 time trials of the program means definitely an advantage for him.

On the other hand, it is the first time, that the ex ski jumper, who turned into pro cyclist in 2013 a clear favourite at a Grand Tour. The pressure is big, the next 3 weeks wuill show, how he can handle this situation.

TOM DUMOULIN (TEAM SUNWEB)

Another great time trialist. Dumoulin knows already, how to win a Grand Tour (2017). He participated only at 2 stage races in the first part of the season, he was 6th at the UAE Tour and 4th at Tirreno-Adriatico.  Although these are quite good results, I think, he hasn’t showed to much of himself during these early races. He has the less race days in his legs among the main favourites. The Giro d’Italia will be the real test for him.

MIGUEL ANGEL LOPEZ (ASTANA)

The Astana is THE team of the first part of the year. They have 23 victories already, and Miguel Angel Lopez took a big part of this success. He won Colombia 2.1 and Volta Catalunya. The 3rd stage races he participated at, was the Paris-Nice (28th place). He isn’t good in time trial, that means he has to work on the mountain stage more than the other contenders, but he is an excellent climber and the team will help him a lot.

VINCENZO NIBALI (BAHRAIN-MERIDA)

The most experienced rider among the main GC-contenders, 2 times Giro d’Italia winner (2013, 2016). His performance is often rhapsodic, it doesn’t mean too much, how good or bad shape he had at the recent races, from one day to another he can change a lot. Nevertheless his results at the stage races (UAE Tour 28th, Tirreno-Adriatico 15th) and Tour of the Alps (3rd) tell us, he is going to be in better an better shape.

SIMON YATES (MITCHELTON-SCOTT)

Not only victories, but a lost Grand Tour can be a good experiment for a rider, and we will see next how Simon Yates can turn (or not) his experiences from last year into an advantage. He has already a stage victory (Vuelta Alndalucia Ruta del Sol) and he attacked quite impressive at the Queen Stage of Paris-Nice, but he has no big results this year yet.

MIKEL LANDA (MOVISTAR)

Landa had a bad luck at the beginning of his season, he had a crash and broke his collarbone right at his first race in Mallorca. He returned to racing with stage victory at Coppy&Bartali (and with a 4th place in the GC), and he was 7th at the Itzulia Basque Country. He is excellent in the mountains, but will sturggle at the time trials.

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