Giro d’Italia – Star Studded Field For 2012 Edition

A total of 198 riders, from 22 different countries, are set to ride the 2012 Giro d?Italia, which begins on Saturday May 5, with a individual time trial in Herning, Denmark. Italian and international riders will battle for overall success and the winner?s final maglia rosa. 2011 winner Michele Scarponi leads the Lampre-ISD team with Damiano Cunego, while 2010 winner Ivan Basso leads the Liquigas-Cannondale team. The Czech Republic?s Roman Kreuziger (Astana) leads the international challenge, along with Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) of Spain, John Gadret (Ag2r-La Mondiale) of France, Frank Schleck (RadioShack Nissan Trek) of Luxembourg. Schleck is surely an overall contender after his third place in the 2011 Tour de France, Jose Rujano (Androni) from Venezuela and Canadian of Garmin ? Barracuda Ryder Hesjedal. The Giro d?Italia always inspires new young riders and gives them a chance to showcase their talent. Three names to watch out for at this year?s Giro d?Italia are the USA?s Peter Stetina (Garmin-Barracuda), Belgium?s Dennis Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) and Italy?s Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo Bank). Talented young time trialists Jack Bobridge (GreenEdge Cycling Team) of Australia, Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) of the USA and Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) of Wales could cause a surprise in the opening time trial in Herning. The fastest sprinters in the world will clash in this year?s Giro d?Italia, with current world champion Mark Cavendish of Great Britain leading the long list of sprinters in the race. Cavendish will be challenged by Norway?s Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing Team), the USA?s Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda), Argentina?s JJ Haedo (Team Saxo Bank), Australians Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) and Matt Goss (GreenEdge Cycling Team), Belgium?s Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol), Theo Bos (Rabobank) of the Netherlands and Arnaud Demare (FDJ-Big Mat) of France. The Italian sprinters will be looking for success on home roads, with Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma ? Quick Step), Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini ? Selle Italia), Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Daniele Bennati (Radioshack Nissan Trek) flying the flag for Italy at the 2012 Giro d?Italia. Other big-name riders looking for stage victories and perhaps a few days in the race leader?s iconic maglia rosa include Diego Ulissi (Lampre ISD), Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team), Enrico Battaglin (Colnago-CSF Inox) Eros Capecchi (Liquigas Cannondale) and Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM). Race director Mauro Vegni said: ?I think we?ve got a high-quality field for this year?s Giro d?Italia. The presence of Frank Schleck will intensify the battle for overall victory and raise the profile of the Giro d?Italia even more. Mark Cavendish?s name stands out in the long list of sprinters at the Giro d?Italia but he?ll have a lot of competition from the likes of Hushovd, Farrar, Guardini and all the other fast finishers.? ?We?re especially pleased about the huge number of talented young riders at this year?s Giro d?Italia. They?ll have a great opportunity to take on some of the biggest names in the sport and show what they can do on a world stage.? Race number 108 will not be issued at the Giro d?Italia to remember Wouter Weylandt, who tragically died during last year?s race.

1 SCARPONI Michele
2 ULISSI Diego
3 BONO Matteo
4 CUNEGO Damiano
5 MALORI Adriano
6 NIEMIEC Przemyslaw
7 PIETROPOLLI Daniele
8 RIGHI Daniele
9 SPEZIALETTI Alessandro
10 GADRET John
11 BELLETTI Manuel
12 BERARD Julien
13 BONNAFOND Guillaume
14 DUPONT Hubert
15 GASTAUER Ben
16 GAZVODA Gregor
17 MONTAGUTI Matteo
18 PERGET Mathieu
19 RUJANO GUILLEN Jos?
20 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo
21 SELLA Emanuele
22 FERRARI Roberto
23 FELLINE Fabio
24 DE MARCHI Alessandro
25 RUBIANO CHAVEZ Miguel Angel
26 OCHOA Carlos Jos?
27 RODRIGUEZ Jackson
28 KREUZIGER Roman
29 KESSIAKOFF Fredrik
30 TIRALONGO Paolo
31 PONZI Simone
32 DYACHENKO Alexsandr
33 ZEITS Andrey
34 SEELDRAYERS Kevin
35 SILIN Egor
36 KANGERT Tanel
37 HUSHOVD Thor
38 FRANK Mathias
39 BALLAN Alessandro
40 PHINNEY Taylor
41 PINOTTI Marco
42 SANTAMBROGIO Mauro
43 SANTAROMITA Ivan
44 TSCHOPP Johann
45 WYSS Danilo
46 POZZOVIVO Domenico
47 MODOLO Sacha
48 BATTAGLIN Enrico
49 BRAMBILLA Gianluca
50 PIRAZZI Stefano
51 COLBRELLI Sonny
52 LOCATELLI Stefano
53 PAGANI Angelo
54 CANOLA Marco
55 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel
56 SAEZ DE ARREGUI Adrian
57 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon
58 MINGUEZ AYALA Miguel
59 CAZAUX Pierre
60 CABEDO Victor
61 VELASCO MURILLO Ivan
62 TXURRUKA Amets
63 OROZ UGALDE Juan Jose
64 POZZATO Filippo
65 GATTO Oscar
66 FAILLI Francesco
67 RABOTTINI Matteo
68 GUARDINI Andrea
69 FAVILLI Elia
70 DE NEGRI Pier Paolo
71 MAZZANTI Luca
72 HULSMANS Kevin
73 CASAR Sandy
74 DELAGE Mickael
75 DEMARE Arnaud
76 BONNET William
77 MOUREY Francis
78 SOUPE Geoffrey
79 RASCH Gabriel
80 ROLLIN Dominique
81 VEIKKANEN Jussi
82 FARRAR Tyler
83 DEKKER Thomas
84 BAUER Jack
85 FISCHER Murilo Antonio
86 HESJEDAL Ryder
87 HUNTER Robert
88 RASMUSSEN Alex
89 STETINA Peter
90 VANDEVELDE Christian
91 GOSS Matthew Harley
92 BEPPU Fumiyuki
93 BOBRIDGE Jack
94 IMPEY Daryl
95 KEUKELEIRE Jens
96 LANCASTER Brett
97 MEIER Christian
98 TUFT Svein
99 VAITKUS Tomas
100 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin
101 BRUTT Pavel
102 HORRACH RIPPOLL Juan
103 KRISTOFF Alexander
104 KUSCHYNSKI Aleksandr
105 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto
106 MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel
107 SMUKULIS Gatis
108 VICIOSO ARCOS Angel
109 BASSO Ivan
110 AGNOLI Valerio
111 BODNAR Maciej
112 CAPECCHI Eros
113 CARUSO Damiano
114 LONGO BORGHINI Paolo
115 SALERNO Cristiano
116 SZMYD Sylvester
117 VIVIANI Elia
118 DE CLERCQ Bart
119 BULGAC Brian
120 DE GREEF Francis
121 DE HAES Kenny
122 DOCKX Gert
123 HANSEN Adam
124 KAISEN Olivier
125 MEERSMAN Gianni
126 VANENDERT Dennis
127 VISCONTI Giovanni
128 AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Andrey
129 HERRADA LOPEZ Jos?
130 INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Benat
131 LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo
132 PARDILLA BELLON Sergio
133 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexand
134 SAMOILAU Branislau
135 VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco J.
136 BANDIERA Marco
137 CATALDO Dario
138 CHICCHI Francesco
139 GOLAS Michal
140 MAES Nikolas
141 PAUWELS Serge
142 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
143 VELITS Martin
144 VERMOTE Julien
145 RENSHAW Mark
146 GARATE Juan Manuel
147 BOS Theo
148 LEEZER Tom
149 CLEMENT Stef
150 NIERMANN Grischa
151 SLAGTER Tom Jelte
152 VAN EMDEN Jos
153 VAN WINDEN Dennis
154 SCHLECK Frank
155 BAKELANDTS Jan
156 BENNATI Daniele
157 HERMANS Ben
158 NIZZOLO Giacomo
159 OLIVEIRA Nelson
160 ROHREGGER Thomas
161 SERGENT Jesse
162 ZAUGG Oliver
163 CAVENDISH Mark
164 EISEL Bernhard
165 FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio
166 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
167 KENNAUGH Peter
168 STANNARD Ian
169 SWIFT Ben
170 THOMAS Geraint
171 URAN URAN Rigoberto
172 BENEDETTI Cesare
173 BARTA Jan
174 SEUBERT Timon
175 EICHLER Markus
176 HUZARSKI Bartosz
177 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
178 DIETZIKER Andreas
179 BRANDLE Matthias
180 SCHORN Daniel
181 TOSATTO Matteo
182 LUND Anders
183 GUSTOV Volodymir
184 J?RGENSEN Jonas Aaen
185 HAEDO Juan Jos?
186 ROBERTS Luke
187 CHRISTENSEN Mads
188 BOARO Manuele
189 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian
190 CARRARA Matteo
191 DE GENDT Thomas
192 FEILLU Romain
193 LAGUTIN Sergey
194 LARSSON Gustav Erik
195 MARCZYNSKI Tomasz
196 KEIZER Martijn
197 MORTENSEN Martin
198 SELVAGGI Mirko

 

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