The Giro d’Italia begins its 2021 edition this Saturday, May 8, and does so with a always fighting Spanish representation in the platoon. This year, the runners who will compete under the red-and-yellow flag will not be particularly numerous, being only reduced to a dozen. However, there are several who will choose to win stage victories or the final triumph.
These are the 10 Spanish cyclists that will compete in the Giro d’Italia 2021:
Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos)
The veteran time trialist from Vitoria arrives as one of the main squires of Egan Bernal in the fight for the win. At 34 years old, the five-time national champion against the clock will wear number 2 during his third participation in the transalpine event.
Gorka Izagirre (Astana)
Another regular of these appointments. Hardened in a thousand battles, 2020 was his best year in grand tours, managing to finish the Vuelta in the top 20 and the Tour in 22nd place. In 2017 he achieved a stage win in the Giro.
Luis León Sánchez (Astana)
To their 37 years, the always combative Murcian runner is far from his best years (2010 was the only year in which he finished great laps in the ‘top 10’), but capable of fighting for stage victories like the four achieved in the Tour throughout throughout his career.
Mikel Landa (Bahrain)
Leader of one of the teams with the greatest potential, he will once again be aspiring to everything, although he must overcome that label, improve the fourth place achieved up to three times in grand laps and seek at least the podium achieved in the ‘corsa rosa’ in 2015.
Pello Bilbao (Bahrain)
Sixth in 2018 and fifth in 2020, and also finishing as the best spanish both editions. He is torn between his enormous potential to fight for big goals and the team’s need to work for Mikel Landa.
Rafa Valls (Bahrain)
A gregarious luxury for Landa and Bilbao. He has only finished one of his three previous appearances at the Giro, and has not completed a great lap since 2015.
Marc Soler (Movistar)
Winner of the Paris-Nice in 2018, ‘top-10’ in the Vuelta in 2019 and winner of a stage in the Spanish round in 2020, now comes his time as head of the ranks of the always powerful Movistar team to show that he is capable of sneak between the favorites fight for the final triumph. With 27 years, it will be the youngest of the Spaniards in competition.
Antonio Pedrero (Movistar)
It has become a regular at the ‘closet ground’ of the Movistar team in the great tours. This will be his fourth consecutive appearance at the Giro, a test in which in 2020 he managed to sneak into the top 20 of the general classification.
Albert Torres (Movistar)
The least experienced in rounds of three weeks. Will be your second presence in the Giro, a race that ended in 2020 in 106th place in the general classification. His most outstanding results have come in track cycling events.
Mikel Snow (BikeExchange)
The third of the Spanish heads of ranks, he will lead the team formerly known as Orica and Mitchelton-Scott. Winner of three stages in the ‘corsa rosa’, best climber in 2016And six times ‘top 10’ in great tours (two in the Giro), he aspires to get into the top five for the first time, and who knows whether to make the leap to the final podium.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.