Giro d’Italia

The Giro d’Italia 2015 kicks off with a team time trial on Saturday May 9 in San Lorenzo Al Mare and finishes in Milan three weeks and 21 stages later, on Sunday May 31.

The 2015 route includes six mountain finishes and a long 59.2-kilometre individual time trial, providing an ideal showcase for the overall contenders. For the sprinters, there are six flat stages to take the honours in bunch finishes.

With victory at the Giro d’Italia 2014, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) became the first Colombian to win the race, but is scheduled not return to defend his title in 2015 as he concentrates on the Tour de France in July.

Former Giro winner and defending Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali is also likely to skip the Italian race, handing Astana leadership over to Fabio Aru. Aru will face 2014 runner-up Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

Key info: Route guide

Key riders: Rigoberto Uran | Alberto Contador | Richie Porte | Fabio Aru

Previous editions: Giro d’Italia 2014 | Giro d’Italia 2013 | Giro d’Italia 2012 | Giro d’Italia 2011 | Giro d’Italia 2010