In the last days, several teams have confirmed which will be the ‘capos’ who will attend the Giro d’Italia, the first major race of the year in international cycling. For this reason, at Caracol Sports, we bring the count of the candidates for the title of the ‘pink jersey’ and successor to Jai Hindley, who in principle would not start.
The Slovenian, at 33, wants to win a Grand Tour again. After his failed attempts in the Tour de France and the appearance of Jonas Vingegaard, Roglic will seek to conquer the ‘pink jersey’. The Jumbo-Visma man has only played it twice. In 2016 he finished in 58th place and in 2019 he was close to the title, but had to settle for third place.
After a fantastic 2022, which saw the Vuelta a España title, Remco Evenepoel hopes to continue writing his history in international cycling and will seek to win the Giro d’Italia. Hand in hand with Quick-Step, who is building a good squad around the Belgian, he wants to win his second Grand Tour. The only time that Evenepoel played the Italian round was in 2021, the year in which Egan Bernal finished as the great champion; however, he did not complete the race.
When it seemed that the sunset of his career was near, Geraint Thomas hit the table to finish in third place in the 2022 Tour de France, something that excited the INEOS Grenadiers for the next season. With Egan Bernal called to ride the Tour, Thomas decided to focus on the Giro, that race that has eluded him in his successful career. It will be the fifth time that he will shoot her.
Although he has not yet been able to ‘curdle’ an excellent Grand Tour, Aleksandr Vlasov once again stands up to the possibility of winning the Giro d’Italia and has the responsibility of defending what was done by his BORA teammate Jai Hindley, who was the champion in 2022. The Russian already played the Giro in 2020 (withdrew) and in 2021 (he was fourth).
Another of those who has lacked ‘penny for the weight’ is the Portuguese Joao Almeida, who, although on previous occasions he has come as a favorite for the title, has not been able to capitulize it. The UAE Emirates man will contest the Giro d’Italia for the fourth consecutive year. In 2020 he was fourth; in 2021, sixth; and in 2022, he had to drop out. At 24 years old, he does not lose hope of winning the ‘pink jersey’.
Although nothing has been made official yet, these are other men who would be at the start of the next Giro d’Italia 2023: Filippo Ganna, Mads Pedersen, Jack Haig, Gino Mader, Thibaut Pinot, Lennard Kamna, Damiano Caruso.
Giro d’Italia 2023: these are the best cyclists who confirmed their participation