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Video: Top 10 contenders to watch at the Giro d'Italia

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The 2015 Giro d'Italia route presentation

The 2015 Giro d'Italia route presentation
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) crashed during stage 6 but is ready to start the stage 7 finale

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) crashed during stage 6 but is ready to start the stage 7 finale
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Richie Porte (Team Sky)

Richie Porte (Team Sky)
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The trophy that Nairo Quintana has been waiting for three weeks for

The trophy that Nairo Quintana has been waiting for three weeks for
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Fabio Aru (Astana)

Fabio Aru (Astana)
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Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R - La Mondiale) on the podium

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R - La Mondiale) on the podium
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Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep)

Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep)
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Leopold König (Team Sky)

Leopold König (Team Sky)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) has a dig

Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) has a dig
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Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre - Merida)

Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre - Merida)
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Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team)

Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Soudal)

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Soudal)
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The first Grand Tour of the year, the Giro d'Italia, begins this weekend with a team time trial to San Remo. This year's race is not as mountainous as its predecessor but a tough final week with three summit finishes will be the deciding factor in the title hunt.

Defending champion Nairo Quintana won't be on the start line but there'll be plenty of competition for the maglia rosa.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) has made his intentions clear as he goes for the Giro-Tour double this season. Contador has been consistent so far this season but appears to be biding his time ahead of this big feat.

Richie Porte (Team Sky) looks like his toughest challenger for the overall title after a superb start to the season. Porte finished seventh at the 2010 Giro d'Italia and was due to lead Team Sky at least year's race until illness forced him to make changes to his schedule.

Watch the below video to see who else we've picked as our riders to watch for the 2015 Giro d'Italia. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here.