With a very exciting Ardennes classics season over and done with after a very eventful Liège–Bastogne–Liège, it's almost time for the Giro d'Italia already... and of course, you'll be wanting to follow all the action from stage 1 in Budapest to the potentially nail-biting final individual time trial in Verona!
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For those of us who will be glued to our TV screens over the next month (when we're not out riding ourselves), ask us what our favourite Grand Tour is and many of us will vote for the battle for the maglia rosa. There is just something about the freshness of Grand Tour racing back after a winter-long hiatus, Italy's magical scenery, snow-capped epic mountain finishes, the first signs of summer and the passion of the Italian fans that make it a must-watch three weeks.
Of course, we'd all love to head out for a jolly around Italy (via the Grande Partenza in Budapest) but for 99.999% of us that is never going to happen, so we all need somewhere to watch the action unfold.
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Will Richard Carapaz follow up last year's Olympic gold with a second Giro victory?
The 2022 Giro d'Italia promises to be as wide open as it has been for many years, with a number of riders we'd have tipped for the maglia rosa either injured or targeting the Tour de France. Egan Bernal of course had that horror crash earlier this year, so is out despite making a remarkable recovery so far. The two Slovenian big hitters Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič are both concentrating on the Tour de France, so it may be that we're in for a fresh face on the top step of the podium in this year's edition... could we see a surprise like when Tao Geoghegan Hart pulled off a stunning victory in 2020?
Of the more hotly-tipped contenders we'll be looking at the likes of Richard Carapaz, who will be looking to add another maglia rosa following his 2019 victory and back up his Tokyo Olympic gold. Tom Dumoulin will also be making an appearance, as will 2018 Vuelta champ Simon Yates.
Maybe the fine wine that is 42-year-old Alejandro Valverde might fancy his chances this year after a solid classics season? Although he says this is his farewell tour, anything can happen when it comes to Grand Tour racing...
In terms of sprint action, the likes of Mark Cavendish, Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria will be battling it out at the front. There's no shortage of sprint stages, so there will be plenty of chances to see some furious finishes.
The one-man show that is Mathieu van der Poel also makes an appearance, which means the pace will likely be ramped up for the opening stages as he looks to stay in pink before the mountains. Eventually it will all come down to a 17.1km ITT in Verona on Sunday 29 May... will it be settled by then, or will we be checking the splits to see who takes pink?
That question will be answered on GCN+... and with some exciting racing taking place before the Giro starts next week, you'll be able to stream and catch-up with stage replays from Switzerland at the Tour de Romandie. It's the final major stage race before the Giro, and over five stages and a prologue time trial, some of the world's best are currently sharpening their tools on Switzerland's mountain passes in preparation for three weeks of hard racing around neighbouring Italy.
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