The second-best 2014 Giro d’Italia preview on this website

This article was originally entitled ‘the best Giro d’Italia preview on this website’ but then I thought: No, I probably did an okay preview last year, so that’s not accurate. So I changed it to ‘the best 2014 Giro d’Italia preview on this website’ but then realised that I’d already highlighted some of the main riders and that probably counted as some kind of 2014 preview. Welcome, therefore, to the second-best 2014 Giro d’Italia preview on this website.

I was going to do a big thing looking at some of the most important stages and stuff like that, but then one thing (dicking about) or another (further dicking about) cropped up and it never really happened.

Cronoscalata on stage 19, Zoncolan on stage 20 – that’s pretty much all I’ve got.

And an apology as well

As if a subpar preview wasn’t enough, I’m going to follow it up with a promise of poor coverage. I’m around for the majority of the race, but for the last few days – for the really, really important stages – I’m not. It might be okay, I’m not sure. I’m just warning you in advance that when things get really interesting, there’s a slight chance that updates round here might suddenly become a little bit sketchy.

But you’re not here for news anyway, are you? You can get that anywhere. Hopefully by that point in the race, most of my work will be done and you’ll be able to get the information you need from a dry Reuters press release. I’ll make it up to you though, I promise. I’ll do full Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana coverage later in the year.

Stage 1

A team time trial, which is always a fairly non-gripping way to get a Grand Tour underway. However, this one’s in Belfast and it’ll be interesting to see the city daubed pink and appearing at the arse end of the news for once, rather than right at the start.