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Irish duo Deignan and Roche in line for Giro d'Italia start

Published 03/05/2016

Philip Deignan, pictured, and Nicolas Roche were named in Team Sky's nine-man line-up
Philip Deignan, pictured, and Nicolas Roche were named in Team Sky's nine-man line-up

Irishmen Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche are slated to start the Giro d'Italia which begins in Apeldoorn, Holland with a 9.8-kilometres time-trial on Friday.

Deignan and Roche were on Tuesday named in Team Sky's nine-man line-up, as support riders to Spaniard Mikel Landa.

Landa and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) are the favourites for the pink jersey.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), the winners in each of the last two years, do not start as July's Tour de France is their priority this year.

The year's opening Grand Tour will take place without a British rider for a second successive year.

Alex Dowsett had been expected to start for Movistar, but the Commonwealth Games time-trial champion has undergone surgery to remove a plate and screws on his collarbone.

Team Sky have eight Britons on their 29-rider roster, but none are in the squad for the Giro, which finishes in Turin on May 29.

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