More in hope than expectation – The home challenge at the Giro d’Italia

Only twice before has the home nation known a drought like this one. In the first half of the 1970s and again in the mid-1990s, five successive editions of the Giro d’Italia went by without an Italian winner. Last May, Egan Bernal became the fifth foreign winner in as many years.

Fausto Bertoglio and Ivan Gotti restored Italy to the top of the podium in 1975 and 1997, respectively. Neither man was especially fancied beforehand, but at this juncture, it is difficult to picture an Italian emerging from stage left to don the Maglia rosa in the Arena in Verona on May 28. A new record seems almost inevitable when the curtain falls on this Giro.

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