The cycling of the great tours retakes the pulse with the Giro d’Italia after a year in check by the pandemic. On its traditional dates, the race will once again bring together an interesting range of cyclists with options to contest the final victory, but other big names have preferred to set different goals on their calendar.
Although many of the cases were predictable, These are the great absentees from the Giro d’Italia:
The young Slovenian cyclist, the great sensation of world cycling, has chosen to reserve himself to prepare for the Tour of Francia, his main objective after the historic victory he signed in the last edition, with only 21 years. Although in the tests played so far he has shown a high level, the Italian round was not in his plans.
Compatriot and rival of Pogacar, Roglic will not be at the start of the Italian round either. The Jumbo-Visma rider, winner of the 2020 Vuelta, also prepare the battle of the Tour, where he wants to take revenge after second place last year.
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Tao Geoghegan Hart, el surprising winner from last year, in an edition very weighed down by the coronavirus pandemic, it will not repeat either. The Briton, another of the young figures to follow, adds by his own merit to the extensive list of big names on the team.
The British cyclist, winner of the 2018 Tour and second classified in 2019, will not compete in the Giro, which suggests that it will be one of Ineos’ bets on the Grande Boucle, although his role will remain to be defined in front of other stars of the squad, such as the Colombian Egan Bernal, who does participate in the race.
The Ecuadorian, second last in the Tour of Spain and winner of the 2019 Giro d’Italia, will not participate this time in the race of the transalpine country. With Thomas, he is called to be part of the Ineos expedition on the Tour.
The Mallorcan cyclist is one of the great Spanish absences in the Italian round. Movistar is counting on him for the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, some objectives that leave out the Giro d’Italia in a key year in his growth as a cyclist.
The Movistar will also reserve the Murcian runner, who has recently turned 40 years shining with the best in the great classics, to very different goals. Even the Tour can be another discard if Valverde focuses on the Games or the World Cup as goals.
Miguel Angel Lopez
The Colombian runner of Movistar, who stepped on the podium in Italy in 2018, does not enter into the bet of the Spanish team for the Italian round. With their signing, the team wanted to reinforce their chances of a final victory in the Tour de France and the Tour of Spain.
The Giro is not the war of the French Julian Alaphilippe, who after the great classics, in the absence of the Paris Roubaix, has the focus on stage victories on the Tour and on the same appointments marked on Valverde’s calendar.
Mathieu Van der Poel
Other classicist Absent from the Giro d’Italia will be the Dutchman Mathieu Van der Poel, also representative of a new batch of cyclists called to mark an era that has programmed a calendar away from the challenge of the Italian race
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.