There are just 10 days until the start of the first Grand Tour of the season, the 2013 Giro d’Italia. It’s a race at the very heart of cycling’s rich history and has provided many of the sport’s most electrify and dramatic events.
Over the next 10 days Cyclingnews will countdown to the 2013 Giro d’Italia with up to the minute news, race and stage previews, exclusive interviews, pre-race analysis and press conference coverage.
This year, Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins has centred his season on capturing the maglia rosa but he won’t have it all his own way. Italy expects and Vincenzo Nibali will lead a powerful Astana team to the start line in Naples on May 4. It’s certainly not a two man race. Defending champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) returns and with Robert Gesink (Blanco), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel), Cadel Evans (Team BMC) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre Merida) all vying for glory, the 2013 edition promises to be one of the most enthralling yet.
During the race Cyclingnews will provide live coverage of every stage as well as expert opinion from Robert Millar, rider blogs from inside the peloton and race director Michele Acquarone's own personal perspective.
There will be complete coverage with race reports, stunning photography, video interviews and news from our European editors Stephen Farrand, Barry Ryan and Alasdair Fotheringham, who will be at every stage.
To kick off our countdown here’s a race preview looking at the race route and the riders competing this year.