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Philip Deignan, Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche to compete in Giro

Updated: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 22:18 | Comments

Nairo Quintana is the  the red-hot favourite for this year's Giro d'Italia
Nairo Quintana is the the red-hot favourite for this year's Giro d'Italia

Donegal rider Philip Deignan has been named in Team Sky's provisional squad for the Giro d'Italia, which begins in Belfast on 9 May.

The former Olympian and Grand Tour stage winner will be joined on the team by Peter Kennaugh, Dario Cataldo, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Ben Swift and Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Birmingham-born Irishman Dan Martin is in the Garmin-Sharp team, which is led by 2012 winner Ryder Hesjedal, while his cousin Nicolas Roche is the leader of the Tinkoff-Saxo team.

Vicenzo Nibali is the defending champion, but is absent to focus on the Tour de France, leaving 2013 Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana one of the favourites for the race which concludes in Trieste on 1 June.

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