The Corsa Rosa will depart tomorrow from Caprera, on the island of Sardinia. It has been 16 years since the last time the Giro d'Italia has started on the island; in 1991 the Giro visited Sardegna for four stages, with victories by Philippe Casado, Gianni Bugno, Gianluca Pierobon and Mario Cipollini.
The only other time the Corsa Rosa has visited the island was in 1961, with one stage, won by Oreste Magni.
Alberto Loddo, the only professional rider from the island, will not take to the start since the team he races for, Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia, was not given a wild card invitation. The 28 year-old sprinter from Cagliari has 18 professional wins, with eight from this year.