Palermo (dpa) – 15.1 flat kilometers only in the battle against the clock, then the first wearer of the pink jersey is sure. The Giro d’Italia starts next Saturday in Sicily (13:15 / Eurosport 2).

Due to the corona pandemic, the prestigious stage race this time starts barely a week after the World Championship on the road and just under two weeks after the Tour de France. The race should have taken place in May.

CONTINUO RIDER MARTIN: After 3484 tour kilometers, veteran Tony Martin now also wants to relax the 3497 kilometers on the Giro. He sees himself in the first place as a helper of Jumbo Visma captain Steven Kruijswijk. “I have to say that now I have noticed the guys pushing really hard from below. I can admit that I was partially overtaken. That may be so,” said the 35-year-old on ARD. -Sports show. He takes over the start at the Giro because the Vuelta date later collides with the calculated date of birth of his second daughter.

THE START: The relatively easy section from Monreale to Palermo offers time trial specialists the chance to jump to the general lead. World time trial champion Filippo Ganna will have the best chances to conquer the pink jersey after the rainbow jersey – at least for a few nights. Despite his four world time trial titles, Martin is just an outsider.

THE FAVORITES: The favorites for the overall win are different from Ganna. Ineos star Geraint Thomas was not eligible for the tour line-up, but is now a hot contender for a Giro triumph. Local hero Vincenzo Nibali and Martin’s captain Kruijswijk are also among the closest. The decision about winning the Giro will only be made in the last week, when the difficult mountain stages await. At the end there is a 15.7 kilometer time trial with the finish in Milan.

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