Information is power so if you're looking to boost your knowledge ahead of this year's Giro this fact and stat packed video from IG Markets should be just the job.
Ex-Garmin Cervelo and current IG Sigma Sport rider Dan Lloyd takes an animated infographical canter through the first seven stages highlighting all the important facts and figures - there's a total of four minutes of time bonuses available in the first week for instance. He also picks out the crucial stage of the week - which it turns out is also the shortest - Sunday's team time trial
Lloyd also has a quick look at the stats and form of three of the British riders in the field, Alex Dowsett, Mark Cavendish, and David Millar - the kilometres ridden so for this season is a particularly interesting stat when you contrast the distances the three riders have ridden.
As you've probably guessed this is the first of three such videos with presumably a look also at the form of BMC's Steve Cummings and Sir Bradley Wiggins to come.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.