Giro 2017: Favourites

fabio aru - Giro d’Italia 2017: FavouritesTitle defender Vincenzo Nibali will not get presents in the upcoming Giro d'Italia. The 100th edition boasts a startlist with almost all marquee names in pro-cycling except Froome, Bardet and Contador. Geraint Thomas, Tom Dumoulin, Thibaut Pinot, Bauke Mollema, and the Yates-brothers - they're all there. Who are the favourites to win the 2017 Giro d'Italia? (Slideshow route/profile)

Looking at experience, title holder Vincenzo Nibali is the man to beat. He did win the Giro d’Italia in 2013 and 2016, while he pocketed the Tour de France in 2014 and the Vuelta a Espana in 2010. But past performances have nothing to do with the likelihood of future success. In 2017 the Shark of Messina has not been impressive.

Nairo Quintana did win the Giro d’Italia also (2014). But other than Nibali his 2017 performances should give him confidence. The Colombian ended last season with a Vuelta win ahead of Chris Froome and he started off this season on the same foot with victories in La Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana and the Tirreno-Adriatico.

Other contenders in good shape are Bauke Mollema (winner Vuelta a San Juan), Rui Costa (winner Abu Dhabi Tour), Thibaut Pinot (Queen Stage win Ruta del Sol, strong in Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico), and Sergio Henao (winner Paris-Nice).

Favourites Giro d’Italia 2017

***** Nairo Quintana, Fabio Aru, Vincenzo Nibali, Bauke Mollema
**** Geraint Thomas, Tom Dumoulin, Thibaut Pinot, Rui Costa, Ilnur Zakarin
*** Mikel Landa, Adam Yates, Tejay van Garderen, Steven Kruijswijk
** Bob Jungels, Rohan Dennis, Leopold König, Sergio Henao
* Andrey Amador, Simon Yates, Domenico Pozzovivo, Wilco Kelderman

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