Fabio Aru said the Giro's start on his home island of Sardinia gives him "extra confidence," not pressure.
Giuseppe Martinelli directed Marco Pantani to his double in 1998 and said Nairo Quintana has the talent to pull it off.
Andrew Hood breaks down Nairo Quintana's Giro-Tour plans, which come on the heels of his strong performance at the Volta a Valenciana.
The Sardinian has a pair of top-3 finishes in the Italian grand tour but is still looking for his first win.
Nairo Quintana will attempt to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this year, a rare feat only seven riders have accomplished.
Italy is now without a WorldTour team and only two of its four Pro Continental squads will race the Giro d'Italia in May.
The Colombian and his Movistar team believe the feat is a realistic undertaking for the two-time grand tour winner.
Giro d'Italia organizers name four wildcard teams, but only Bardiani CSF and Wilier Triestina are chosen from the four Italian pro teams.
The four Italian Pro Continental teams hope they'll get the nod as Giro wildcards, now that Italy lacks a WorldTour squad.
Four top riders from The Netherlands will compete at the Italian grand tour in May.