Five Favorites For The 2019 Giro d'Italia

The Giro d'Italia is no longer just a proving ground for aspiring Tour de France winners. With its balanced route and wide open racing, pro cycling's top general classification riders are increasingly prioritizing the Giro over the Tour.

The 2019 race has drawn another incredibly deep field—here, we run down the top five favorites for the overall.

Egan Bernal

In his short tenure at Team Sky, the young Colombian has taken home victories at Paris Nice, the Amgen Tour of California, and Colombia's Oro y Paz. Many cyclists would happily hang a career on Bernal's accrual of WorldTour podium placings in just his first year as a pro. 

His debut grand tour was none other than Le Tour de France, where at the age of 21, he netted second in the best young rider competition while riding in support of Chris Froome and eventual winner Geraint Thomas. Less than a year later, Team Sky will send him to the Giro d’Italia, where he will be allowed to take leadership. Will his swift rise to prominence in week-long stage races be mirrored in grand tour success?

Tom Dumoulin

A man who needs no introduction at the Giro d’Italia. The former time trial world champion has a storied, if not tumultuous history at the Giro. He was wearing the pink jersey within hours of debuting in the Italian grand tour in 2016, but was forced to abandon in the second week, citing saddle sores. In 2017, Dumoulin overcame a highly publicized bout of indigestion, to seal the overall victory in the race’s final stage. 

In 2018 Dumoulin maintained his second place overall from stage 10 to the finish, where he was bested by Chris Froome for the overall. Dumoulin has worn the pink jersey in every Giro d’Italia he has started, and you can always count on a gripping fight from the Dutchman to hold onto it.

Simon Yates

In modern cycling history, nobody has burned as brightly as did Simon Yates in the first 18 stages of the 2018 Giro d’Italia. Similarly, nobody has exploded quite as spectacularly as did Simon Yates on Stage 19. Yates was a force of nature for the 2018 Giro d’Italia right up to the point his body said no more. There can be no mistake, the 2019 Giro will be a race of redemption for the Briton.

Vincenzo Nibali

The Shark of Messina has raced his home grand tour seven times, dating back to 2007. In those seven appearances, he has won twice, netted an additional three podium placings, and has never finished outside of the top 20. While the Giro may not be a staple on Nibali’s yearly calendar, suffice it to say, he means business when he shows up.


Primoz Roglic

The former junior world champion ski jumper from Slovenia is a master of week-long stage races. From the Tour d’Azerbaidjan in 2015 to the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico, Roglic has stamped his name on the trophies of some of the most testing stage races in the sport. 

His pedigree as a time trialist and as a climber are unquestionable, and following a fourth place finish at the 2018 Tour de France, Roglic appears poised to carry his week-long stage race ability into the realm of grand tours. 

The 2019 Giro d’Italia could not be a better parcours for the talents of the Jumbo-Visma rider.

Dario Cataldo Holds Off Driving GC Contenders To Win Stage 15

Astana's Dario Cataldo won the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday out-sprinting the other survivor of a longbreakaway, fellow Italian, Mattia Cattaneo in Como.

Richard Carapaz Takes The Stage and Top GC Spot in Courmayeur

Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha Soloed To A Snow-Capped Summit Finish Bictory

Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha soloed to a snow-capped summit finish victory on a chaotic 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday that shook up the overall picture. 

Benedetti Wins Giro d'Italia 12th Stage, Polanc Takes Pink Jersey

2019 Giro d'Italia Stage 12

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Italy's Cesare Benedetti won Thursday's 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia at Pinerolo in the Italian Alps ahead of compatriot Damiano Caruso. Slovenian Jan Polanc took the overall lead.

Aussie Ewan On The Double In Giro d'Italia 11th Stage Novi Ligure

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Australian Caleb Ewan won a sprint finish to take the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, just ahead of Frenchman Arnaud Demare.

Demare Wins Crashed-Marred Giro 10th Stage Modena

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Frenchman Arnaud Demare clinched a long-range, high-speed bunch sprint to win stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia on the cobbled streets of Modena on Tuesday.

Ewan, Viviani, and Ackermann Go 1 - 2 - 3 In A True Sprinters Finish

Australia's Caleb Ewan celebrated wildly after storming a bunch sprint to win stage eight of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday after coming close to victory three times already in the opening week.

Spaniard Bilbao Wins Giro Stage Seven, Conti Retains Pink Jersey

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Pello Bilbao shook off the other survivors of a long breakaway in the final kilometre into l'Aquila to win Friday's seventh stage as Valerio Conti held on to top spot of the overall leaderboard at the Giro d'Italia.

Emotional Masnada Wins Stage Six, Conti Takes Pink Jersey In Giro Terracina

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Fausto Masnada won the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia and dedicated the win to his late uncle while Valerio Conti grabbed the overall lead to give home fans an unexpected day of double joy on Thursday.

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