Also the second and third stages will be in Gelderland province in the Netherlands this weekend, around Arnhem and Nijmegen cities. All the other stages will be in Italy, including some in mountainous areas.
198 cyclists will participate.
Among the favourites to win the first leader’s pink jersey in today’s time trial is Swiss veteran Fabian Cancellara. However, he suffers from a flu attack. Other good time trialists are Dutch Tom Dumoulin and Jos van Emden.
The South African Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will also participate; including four South African cyclists and Merhawi Kudus from Eritrea.