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.

1SCARPONIMichele
2ULISSIDiego
3BONOMatteo
4CUNEGODamiano
5MALORIAdriano
6NIEMIECPrzemyslaw
7PIETROPOLLIDaniele
8RIGHIDaniele
9SPEZIALETTIAlessandro
10GADRETJohn
11BELLETTIManuel
12BERARDJulien
13BONNAFONDGuillaume
14DUPONTHubert
15GASTAUERBen
16GAZVODAGregor
17MONTAGUTIMatteo
18PERGETMathieu
19RUJANO GUILLENJos?
20SERPA PEREZJose Rodolfo
21SELLAEmanuele
22FERRARIRoberto
23FELLINEFabio
24DE MARCHIAlessandro
25RUBIANO CHAVEZMiguel Angel
26OCHOACarlos Jos?
27RODRIGUEZJackson
28KREUZIGERRoman
29KESSIAKOFFFredrik
30TIRALONGOPaolo
31PONZISimone
32DYACHENKOAlexsandr
33ZEITSAndrey
34SEELDRAYERSKevin
35SILINEgor
36KANGERTTanel
37HUSHOVDThor
38FRANKMathias
39BALLANAlessandro
40PHINNEYTaylor
41PINOTTIMarco
42SANTAMBROGIOMauro
43SANTAROMITAIvan
44TSCHOPPJohann
45WYSSDanilo
46POZZOVIVODomenico
47MODOLOSacha
48BATTAGLINEnrico
49BRAMBILLAGianluca
50PIRAZZIStefano
51COLBRELLISonny
52LOCATELLIStefano
53PAGANIAngelo
54CANOLAMarco
55NIEVE ITURALDEMikel
56SAEZ DE ARREGUIAdrian
57IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTIJon
58MINGUEZ AYALAMiguel
59CAZAUXPierre
60CABEDOVictor
61VELASCO MURILLOIvan
62TXURRUKAAmets
63OROZ UGALDEJuan Jose
64POZZATOFilippo
65GATTOOscar
66FAILLIFrancesco
67RABOTTINIMatteo
68GUARDINIAndrea
69FAVILLIElia
70DE NEGRIPier Paolo
71MAZZANTILuca
72HULSMANSKevin
73CASARSandy
74DELAGEMickael
75DEMAREArnaud
76BONNETWilliam
77MOUREYFrancis
78SOUPEGeoffrey
79RASCHGabriel
80ROLLINDominique
81VEIKKANENJussi
82FARRARTyler
83DEKKERThomas
84BAUERJack
85FISCHERMurilo Antonio
86HESJEDALRyder
87HUNTERRobert
88RASMUSSENAlex
89STETINAPeter
90VANDEVELDEChristian
91GOSSMatthew Harley
92BEPPUFumiyuki
93BOBRIDGEJack
94IMPEYDaryl
95KEUKELEIREJens
96LANCASTERBrett
97MEIERChristian
98TUFTSvein
99VAITKUSTomas
100RODRIGUEZ OLIVERJoaquin
101BRUTTPavel
102HORRACH RIPPOLLJuan
103KRISTOFFAlexander
104KUSCHYNSKIAleksandr
105LOSADA ALGUACILAlberto
106MORENO FERNANDEZDaniel
107SMUKULISGatis
108VICIOSO ARCOSAngel
109BASSOIvan
110AGNOLIValerio
111BODNARMaciej
112CAPECCHIEros
113CARUSODamiano
114LONGO BORGHINIPaolo
115SALERNOCristiano
116SZMYDSylvester
117VIVIANIElia
118DE CLERCQBart
119BULGACBrian
120DE GREEFFrancis
121DE HAESKenny
122DOCKXGert
123HANSENAdam
124KAISENOlivier
125MEERSMANGianni
126VANENDERTDennis
127VISCONTIGiovanni
128AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVAAndrey
129HERRADA LOPEZJos?
130INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGABenat
131LASTRAS GARCIAPablo
132PARDILLA BELLONSergio
133QUINTANA ROJASNairo Alexand
134SAMOILAUBranislau
135VENTOSO ALBERDIFrancisco J.
136BANDIERAMarco
137CATALDODario
138CHICCHIFrancesco
139GOLASMichal
140MAESNikolas
141PAUWELSSerge
142KWIATKOWSKIMichal
143VELITSMartin
144VERMOTEJulien
145RENSHAWMark
146GARATEJuan Manuel
147BOSTheo
148LEEZERTom
149CLEMENTStef
150NIERMANNGrischa
151SLAGTERTom Jelte
152VAN EMDENJos
153VAN WINDENDennis
154SCHLECKFrank
155BAKELANDTSJan
156BENNATIDaniele
157HERMANSBen
158NIZZOLOGiacomo
159OLIVEIRANelson
160ROHREGGERThomas
161SERGENTJesse
162ZAUGGOliver
163CAVENDISHMark
164EISELBernhard
165FLECHA GIANNONIJuan Antonio
166HENAO MONTOYASergio Luis
167KENNAUGHPeter
168STANNARDIan
169SWIFTBen
170THOMASGeraint
171URAN URANRigoberto
172BENEDETTICesare
173BARTAJan
174SEUBERTTimon
175EICHLERMarkus
176HUZARSKIBartosz
177HOLLENSTEINReto
178DIETZIKERAndreas
179BRANDLEMatthias
180SCHORNDaniel
181TOSATTOMatteo
182LUNDAnders
183GUSTOVVolodymir
184J?RGENSENJonas Aaen
185HAEDOJuan Jos?
186ROBERTSLuke
187CHRISTENSENMads
188BOAROManuele
189HAEDOLucas Sebastian
190CARRARAMatteo
191DE GENDTThomas
192FEILLURomain
193LAGUTINSergey
194LARSSONGustav Erik
195MARCZYNSKITomasz
196KEIZERMartijn
197MORTENSENMartin
198SELVAGGIMirko

 

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