Giro d'Italia 2014: one week, five contenders

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Giro d’Italia 2014: one week, five contenders

The men who could still win the 97th edition of the Giro d'Italia

Third, 1’52” behind Uran

Rafal Majka currently holds the white jersey, leading Fabio Aru, Nairo Quintana and Wilco Kelderman to be crowned the best young rider in the race.

More significantly, however, the rising Polish star is also in third overall, one minute and fifty two second behind Rigoberto Uran. Majka has been steadily consistent so far, fifth on the Viggiano, eighth on the Motecopiolo, fourth in the time trial and sixth on the Montecampione, proving he has what it takes to stay in touch with his GC rivals on the stages that matter.

Rafal Majka holds the white jersey of best young rider – could he add the maglia rosa to his collection by the time the peloton reaches Trieste? (Pic: Sirotti)

With team-mate Michael Rogers winning a stage and Nicolas Roche determined to be as active as possible having seen his GC ambitions ended by a crash, Majka also boasts two leading domestiques who will be fully behind their man.

Majka, at 24, is proving himself on a race-by-race basis and if he can keep up his consistent showing at this year’s Giro, could be on the brink of claiming his place among the sport’s big boys.

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