The 98th Giro d’Italia rolls out on Saturday (May 9), with a team time trial just outside San Remo kicking off the race for the pink jersey.
The season’s first Grand Tour boasts a varied parcours and has attracted a fittingly stellar cast, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and in-form Richie Porte (Team Sky) among the contenders.
We have already looked at how the men in contention to replicate Nairo Quintana’s 2014 victory are shaping up.
But where will those riders be making their winning moves, and where will the challenge of their rivals end up falling by the wayside?
We have picked out the stages which are set to define this year’s race over the following pages.