Bugno: Giro's first summit finish coud be more decisive than Mortirolo

It’s now 25 years since Gianni Bugno joined a select handful of riders - Eddy Merckx, Alfredo Binda and Costante Girardengo being the others - who have won the Giro d’Italia after leading it from beginning to end. And although such a feat is unlikely (but not impossible) to happen in 2015, the President of the International Riders Association (CPA) warns that the Giro’s early climbs - and which riders shine on them - could have a greater-than-expected impact on the overall classification.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.