Froome and Porte will be putting their friendship aside at this year’s race. Pic from velonews.com

With the dust kicked up from the recent absorbing, exciting and downright entertaining Giro having barely settled, it’s almost come as a surprise that the Critérium Du Dauphiné has come round so quick and that it could have such a strong line up of riders that didn’t feature during May’s grand tour.

Instead of giving a rundown of every single rider that could be within a chance for GC...

The profile for the first queen stage of this year’s Giro.

Stage 16

A stage that rest days were made for. After looking at the profile there’s no wonder most of the sprinters have left. This is the queen stage of this year’s Giro and for the first time ever features a double pass over the Stelvio. We doubt there’s a single rider relishing that fact. The peloton have three killer climbs and three technical descents to race over in Stage 16, and we’re wondering if it might be too much...

Stage 10

After the debacle that was stage 9, the organisers will be hoping for an incident free time trial in stage 10. Whilst it’s a mostly uphill route, it’s not steep enough nor short enough for the incumbent pink jersey, Quintana, to out perform his rivals. Tom Dumoulin, 30 seconds or so back, will have earmarked this stage months ago to put some damage into his competitors and this could be where he takes the jersey for at least the next week, especially after his more than...

Stage 4 will see the riders scale Mount Etna from a different, more challenge, side than they did in 2011. Pic courtesy of Etna Bike Tours.
Giro d’Italia Overall Preview Stage 4

After an early rest day, the riders will be well prepared for stage 4, and the first test proper for the GC men. With the first 55km going along flat, coastal roads, there is another chance for crosswinds to play their part in causing splits, but we think that it won’t be until later in the stage that we see the...

The first three stages are all on the island of Sardina. In 2007 the race began with a team time trial here, however, in 2017 it’s likely that the sprinters will have all the glory on the island. Photo via velonews.com
Giro d’Italia Overall Preview Stage 1

This is the third time that Sardinia has hosted the Grande Partenza (1991 & 2007) and we begin the 2017 Giro in Alghero on the Northwest. The race travels north along coastal roads which feature two of three category four climbs in the...

Vincenzo Nibali bounced back after a poor first week to win the 2016 Giro. Photo via Eurosport.com

The first Grand Tour of 2017: The 100th Giro d’Italia. It will be raced completely in Italy, with the Grande Partenza taking place in Sardinia and the race then finishing with a flat time trial in Milan. Much like the Tour de France’s 100th edition, which saw a double ascent of Alp d’Huez, there will be a double ascent of the Stelvio. However the amount of climbing is less severe in this year’s...