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Giro d'Italia

Wiggins confirms Giro start

Bradley Wiggins, racing for the new Team Sky, will be among the big names at the 2010 Giro.

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Bradley Wiggins will be among the big names at the 2010 Giro.
Bradley Wiggins will be among the big names at the 2010 Giro.

The Giro d’Italia continues to attract big names to its 2010 edition.

Despite butting up against the Tour of California, the corsa rosa is seeing some top names poised to race the season’s first grand tour. Carlos Sastre (Cervélo) and reigning world champion Cadel Evans (BMC) have already indicated they will race the Giro.

Joining the lineup is new Sky captain Bradley Wiggins, who told the Gazzetta dello Sport he will be at the start line in Amsterdam come May.

Last year, Wiggins used the Giro to prepare for his surprising fourth place finish overall at the Tour de France. Wiggins hung close to the best climbers during last year’s Giro, providing a preview of better things to come.

Wiggins will headline the new Sky team following his early departure from Garmin-Transitions.
And the 29-year-old promised he won’t be there just to prepare for the Tour.

“The Giro is an important race,” he said. “I especially plan to focus on the time trials, from the prologue in the Netherlands to the final in Verona, but you do have to make a choice and the priority for me is the Tour.

“Making a choice is necessary,” he added. “Look at (Carlos) Sastre, who fully focused on the Giro and then went on to have a poor time at the Tour.”