NO: Pogacar, Roglic, WVA, MVDP, JALA or reigning champ Geoghan Hart.
We do have: Bernal, Yates (S), Buchman, Landa, Sivakov, Almeida, Hindley, Carthy, Mollema - GC should be really competitive.
We’ll also have Dan Martin and Vincenzo Nibali, but I don’t expect too much from either of them in the GC - a stage win for either/both would be nice though.
We also have Evenepoel back after his horror crash: could ultimately turn out to be better than anyone else I’ve mentioned so far. Will be fascinating to see how he does here in his first major race for 9 months.
Sprinting/points should be more interesting than normal for the Giro too: Ewan and Sagan should be battling for the honours but we’ve also got three riders looking to return from disgrace, lack of form and COVID respectively: Groenewegen, Viviani and Gaviria. Can see Merlier getting a couple of stages too.
All kicks off with an ITT in Turin on Saturday
Other stages to keep an eye on:
Stage 6: first GC climbing/hill-top finish day
Stage 8: Dirt roads and mountains day 1
Stage 11: Dirt roads and mountains day 2 (Strade Bianchi + Montalcini Day!)
Stage 16: Zoncolan day!
Fair bit of time trialing on offer for all you Ganna fans out there too.