There’s just a week and a half to go until the first Grand Tour of 2013, the Giro d’Italia, gets under way in Naples, and what a terrific race there is in prospect. Our full preview will be published in the coming days, but to whet your appetite in the meantime, here’s Daniel Lloyd, who's ridden the race, and IG Sigma Sport rider Simon Richardson taking an overview of the three weeks and a look at some of the big names.
Among those of course is Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, looking to add the maglia rosa to the maillot jaune, but with wins at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Giro del Trentino, Vincenzo Nibali is the man in form – defending champion Ryder Hesjedal looked strong in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, though whiled Ivan Basso will be looking to add a third maglia rosa to his collection.
Mark Cavendish has had two spells in the maglia rosa himself, and will be looking to make it three with that sprinter-friendly opening stage in Naples. Last year, he missed out on the points jersey by a single point after Joaquim Rodriguez overhauled him on the penultimate day, with only a time trial to come – this year, the last stage should see the points on offer go to the spirnters.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.