The organisers of the Giro d'Italia, RCS, have announced the provisional list of the 22 team leaders for the Italian grand tour. The 3,489km three week race starts on Saturday May 9 with a team time trial in San Lorenzo al Mare and finishes in Milan on May 31. Four previous winners in Damiano Cunego (2004), Ivan Basso (2006 and 2010), Alberto Contador (2008) and Ryder Hesjedal (2012) have all been confirmed for the race along with numerous stage winners.
Overall challengers Richie Porte (Team Sky) and Fabio Aru (Astana) are also confirmed as is the runner up at the last two editions of the Giro, Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-Quick Step) while Lotto-Soudal's Jurgen Van den Broeck also represents a potential top-five finisher.
While riders such as Mark Cavendish, Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) and Juan José Lobato (Movistar) have already announced their appearances at the Giro, the likes of Australian national champion Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling), Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) and Mikel Landa (Astana) have been confirmed as starters.
Italian Alessandro Petacchi returns to the Giro where he has won 22 stages throughout his career and the points classification in 2004. Other multiple Italian stages winners in Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) are also listed by RCS as is Luca Paolini (Katusha), who wore the maglia rosa in 2013.
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Teams and leader for the 2015 Giro d'Italia
- • Ag2r-La Mondiale – Domenico Pozzovivo, Carlos Betancur
• Androni Giocattoli – Franco Pellizotti, Oscar Gatto
• Astana Pro Team – Fabio Aru, Mikel Landa
• Bardiani CSF – Enrico Battaglin, Sonny Colbrelli
• BMC Racing Team – Philippe Gilbert, Damiano Caruso
• CCC Sprandi Polkowice – Grega Bole, Maciej Paterski
• Etixx-Quick Step – Rigoberto Urán, Tom Boonen
• FDJ – Anthony Roux, Jussi Veikkanen
• IAM Cycling – Sylvain Chavanel, Heinrich Haussler
• Lampre -Merida – Diego Ulissi, Sacha Modolo
• Lotto-Soudal – Jurgen Van Den Broeck, André Greipel
• Movistar Team – Ion Izagirre, Beñat Intxausti
• Nippo-Vini Fantini – Damiano Cunego, Daniele Colli
• Orica GreenEdge – Simon Gerrans, Michael Matthews
• Southeast Pro Cycling Team – Alessandro Petacchi, Manuel Belletti
• Team Cannondale – Garmin – Ryder Hesjedal, Davide Formolo
• Team Giant – Alpecin – Simon Geschke, Luka Mezgec
• Team Katusha – Luca Paolini, Alexander Porsev
• Team Lotto NL-Jumbo – Maarten Tjallingii, Steven Kruijswijk
• Team Sky – Richie Porte, Elia Viviani
• Tinkoff – Saxo – Alberto Contador, Ivan Basso
• Trek Factory Racing – Fabio Felline, Giacomo Nizzolo