Quick-Step Floors does it in the 101e Giro without the Belgians. The Italian cut out for sprinter Elia Viviani will start as leader.
Viviani should this season all cheer in the Tour Down Under, the rounds of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and Three days of De Panne-Koksijde. The 29-year-old Italian takes over for the fifth time participated in the round of his country. In 2015 he won a stage.
To Viviani new success to deliver, surrounds Quick-Step Floors him with compatriots Eros Capecchi and Fabio Sabatini, the French Rémi Cavagna (winner of Dwars door Vlaanderen) and Florian Sénéchal, the Dane Michael Morkov, the German Maximilian Schachmann and the Czech Zdenek Stybar.
“We have a fantastic first part of the season behind them, but that is now in the past. We are not planning on complacency”, says sports director Davide Bramati. “The Giro is one of the most important games of the year, one in which we always have a lot of victories have been achieved. So it is normal that we are very motivated to this new challenge begin. Our team is a mix of youth and experience and Elijah is the next three weeks of our leader. But that does not mean that we are in the other rides have no role to play. We will use any opportunity to try to intervene.”
The Giro starts Friday (may 4) with a time trial in Jerusalem.