I'm ready to race the Giro d'Italia

Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad)

Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

So here we are at the Giro, and on paper, it’s one of the hardest ever editions. I haven’t actually checked the elevation gained over the course of the three weeks, but you hear huge numbers for some of the stages, like 6,000 metres of climbing.

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Having fractured his hip at the Giro d'Italia last year, Marco Pinotti is back. A new team, in BMC, and a new set of goals, the likeable and respected Italian returns to Cyclingnews' army of bloggers and you can follow his thoughts and experiences right here in this exclusive blog.