With some of the most mountainous terrain of the year, the Giro d’Italia is often a daunting prospect for sprinters. Several of the big names have opted to ride across the pond in California this May but a strong field still lines up in Italy this weekend.
This year’s parcours provides the sprinters with seven flat days to duke it out while the likes of Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) can add to his tally on some of the tougher finishes. Matthews had a great Giro d’Italia in 2014, spending almost a week in the pink jersey and taking a stage win along the way. The Australian has been on form this season and he’s looking for more of the same.
André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) is another man to watch, as he makes his return to the Giro following a four-year absence. Greipel has three victories to his name so far this year and he’ll be a tough man to beat on the flat finishes.
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