Classics season is over and done with for another year and with the conclusion of the spring comes a return to Grand Tour racing at the 2023 Giro d’Italia. La Corsa Rosa is just a week away and the 22 teams, 176 riders, and countless staff members will be fine-tuning their preparation ahead of the Grande Partenza in Abruzzo.
All 18 WorldTour teams, plus four wildcard invitees, will head to the start in Fossacesia Marina next Saturday full of hope for the three weeks of racing that lies on the road to Rome.
Four jerseys – the maglia rosa, bianca, ciclamino, and azzurro – will be up for grabs over the 21 stages, along with stage wins, a host of minor prizes, and, of course, the Trofeo Senza Fine.
Only a few teams will harbour realistic hopes of overall glory, the likes of Soudal-QuickStep, Jumbo-Visma, and Ineos Grenadiers among them. Others, such as Italian ProTeams Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè, Eolo-Kometa, and Corratec will be over the moon with a stage win or content with the breakaway prize.
Full team rosters for the Giro will be announced as the race draws near, but we already have a good idea of the major names who will be competing on the roads of Italy this May. As such, we’ve combed through the teams of the Giro to summarise their hopes, dreams and chances of fulfilling them.
Rest assured; we’ll update this page as squad news rolls in through the week, so you know there’s no other place for the comprehensive team guide of the 2023 Giro d’Italia. Read on for all you need to know.
- Team leader: Remco Evenepoel
- Objective: Overall victory
- Riders to watch: Fausto Masnada, Ilan Van Wilder
There’s one goal for the Belgian squad at this year’s Giro d’Italia: help deliver another Grand Tour win for Remco Evenepoel following last season’s Vuelta a España triumph.
The Belgian’s talent has meant a recalibration of the Soudal-QuickStep team in recent seasons, stocking up on climbers to support the 23-year-old star at the Grand Tours, races where sprints and stage hunting had long been the order of the day.
Evenepoel will be supported by several riders who have spent much of the spring alongside him at training camps on Mount Teide. Climbers Fausto Masnada and Ilan Van Wilder will be key in the mountains, while Louis Vervaeke was another in Teide who formed part of the successful Vuelta squad.
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