The Giro starts today

The Laigueglia Trophy in Italy brings together many of those who will be contenders. Mikel Landa and Pello Bilbao make their debut against Egan Bernal, Thibaut Pinot, Vincenzo Nibali ...


A few more than two months before the Giro d'Italia (May 8-30), and with its newly presented layout, a race, the first with World Tour teams in Italy, will bring together many of the stars who will meet in the big Italian. The Laigueglia Trophy (no TV in Spain, broadcast by Italian RAI), a one-day race of 202 km with a final circuit in which four ascents occur in the last 40 km, will serve as a test to see how the progression of some of the stars.

It is the race chosen by Mikel Landa, once his debut in the postponed Vuelta a Andalucía was cut short, to wear a number for the first time this season. In fact, after this test, the Industry GP will take place next Sunday. A path similar to that of his teammate, Pello Bilbao, who runs this Wednesday to prepare for the Strade Bianche on Saturday. Both have marked the Itzulia, where you can already see the two most traveled Bahrain cyclists.

But in Laigueglia there will also be an appointment with Egan Bernal, who has already been racing for 9 days and showed at the Tour de la Provence that little by little he is forgetting his back problems. The Giro has become his great challenge for the winner of the 2019 Tour to take out the stripes in an Ineos full of roosters. In this race, he will have the Spanish Carlos Rodríguez as his lieutenant. Thibaut Pinot, in a year in which he has already forgotten the Tour to think about the Corsa Rosa, or the Nibali-Mollema duo are others who will be tested in their preparation for the first big of the year.Euskaltel, Movistar, Los Herrada, Ayuso ...

Two Spanish teams will be present at the event, Movistar and a Euskaltel that will share the squad with Landa, president of its Foundation. The brothers Herrada and Fernando Barceló in the Cofidis, Javier Romo (Astana), Diaz and Fernández (Delko), Alejandro Ropero in front of an Eolo-Kometa that is also filming to debut in the Giro, or David Lozano (Novo Nordisk) will be other Spaniards in the race that will also mean the debut of the young Juan Ayuso with the Colpack, a team that should serve to polish the young promise before arriving at the UAE Emirates.

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