The 104th edition of the Giro d'Italia starts on Saturday in Turin with twelve Dutchmen.

Jos van Emden is celebrating an anniversary, because the 36-year-old rider of Jumbo Visma starts his tenth Tour of Italy.

Van Emden made his debut in the Giro in 2009 and then only missed the big round in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The routine rider recorded one stage victory in Italy: in 2017 he won the final time trial, while his good friend Tom Dumoulin secured the overall victory.

Jumbo-Visma will send three Dutchmen to the Giro in addition to Van Emden.

Dylan Groenewegen returns to Italy after a nine-month suspension, Koen Bouwman starts his fourth Tour of Italy and sprinter David Dekker makes his debut in a grand tour.

Also with Wesley Kreder, Taco van der Hoorn (both Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Oscar Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix), Julius van den Berg (EF Education-NIPPO) and Lars van den Berg (Groupama-FDJ) are in a total of six Dutch debutants.

Bauke Mollema is the only Dutchman to go for a classification in the Giro.

The 34-year-old Trek-Segafredo climber will ride his nineteenth grand tour and his fourth Tour of Italy.

Teammate Koen de Kort (38) will start for the eighteenth time in a three-week stage race.

Bert-Jan Lindeman drives his first big round on behalf of Team Qhubeka ASSOS.

The 31-year-old Drent, who came over from Jumbo-Visma, is racing in the Giro for the third time.

The Giro d'Italia road map.

The Giro d'Italia road map.

Photo: ANP

More Dutch than last year in Giro

Last season, ten Dutchmen were on the start list of the Giro.

The match was then held once in October due to the corona pandemic.

Only Italy (55 riders), Belgium (17) and France (13) will send more riders to the Tour of Italy this year than the Netherlands.

The 104th Giro starts on Saturday with a prologue of 8 kilometers in Turin.

The first big tour of the year also includes five flat stages, eight hill stages and six real mountain stages.

On the final day there will be another time trial, this time of 30 kilometers with arrival in Milan.

Number of Dutch in Giro

  • 2021: 12

  • 2020: 10

  • 2019: 9

  • 2018: 13

  • 2017: 13

  • 2016: 12

  • 2015: 12

  • 2014: 17

  • 2013: 17

  • 2012: 7

  • 2011: 11