The Take Out | What you need to know for Giro 102

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What You Need To Know About Giro 102

Pink is the new Yellow in 2019, with every GC man and his dog heading to Italy to tackle the Corsa Rosa. Starting in Bologna, the race dips southwards before heading towards the Alps and Dolomites and finishing in Verona. With only a few days before the start, we’ve collected the big information for you

• The course has a lot of hills

The Giro always does have a lot of hills; they don’t really do dead-set sprint stages in the same way that the Tour does. This year’s no different, with the day 1 TT already featuring a steep 2km climb, and the first bona fide sprint day coming on Stage 5.

• The scary days are near the end

As always, the organisers have back-ended the filthy days, including stage 16, which including the Gavia-Mortirolo double. The whole last two weeks are hard though, with the only likely sprints after the first rest day coming on Stages 10, 11 and 18.

• Form-wise, Primož Roglič is the man to beat

Building from a stunning season last year, Roglič is yet to actually lose a stage race. Taking scalps at Tour de Romandie, Tirreno-Adriatico and the UAE Tour, he’s been invincible so far this year.

• Yates and Dumoulin are both back for blood

The two men that everybody expected to win the 2018 Giro, but didn’t, Simon Yates and Tom Dumoulin are back, ready for a Froome-free run at the Maglia Rosa. Both have been quieter than Roglic so far this year, but as past Grand Tour winners, they’re probably equal favourites with the Slovak.

• That’s not even everyone though

There are so many contenders this year. Miguel Angel Lopez, Mikel Landa, and Vincenzo Nibali could all feasibly win. Meanwhile, Rafal Majka, Ilnur Zakarin, Richard Carapaz, Pello Bilbao, Jon Izagirre, Domenico Pozzovivo, Esteban Chaves, and Bauke Mollema are all Top 5 chances. It’s an absurdly good start list.

• Team INEOS need a rainbow to come from the dark SKY

With Egan Bernal breaking his collarbone, the INEOS boys are heading to the Giro without a real overall contender, as Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov will be on the hunt for stage wins and top 10s. The absence of an INEOS train at the front of the peloton is going to please many; that sight usually correlates with good racing.

• The sprint field is delicious

Somebody sent the wrong road guide to the sprinters apparently; we’ve got an A-List field here despite the course. Ewan, Viviani, Gaviria, Demare, Ackermann, Modolo, and Mareczko are all starting the race, so even the “slow days” look juicy.

• There are 12 Aussies in the field

McCarthy, Power, Hindley, Durbridge, Scotson of the Miles variety, O’Connor, Clarke of the Will variety, Renshaw, and then Hamiltons of both Lucas and Chris variety. There’s a solid list of Aussie names starting the race, with nearly everyone supporting a genuine contender. If you’re looking for a standout, keep your eye on Ben O’Connor, who was sitting top 10 on GC until the final days last year.

See you back at the social club,

Josh

Joshua Duggan