Giro D'Italia: Highs and Lows from the Riders Who Make the Race so Special

Colin O'Brien@@ColliOBrienContributor INovember 27, 2016

With the year's spring classics now just around the corner, excitement is already building ahead of the grand tours. 

In an effort to get cycling fans around the world ready for the first—and some say greatest—of the sport's three grand tours, the Giro's organisers are releasing a series of short films, each offering a fresh perspective on the race for the Maglia Rosa. 

In the latest instalment, superstars like Joaquim Rodriguez, Alessandro Ballan and Samuel Sanchez talk about their special moments at the Giro—the incredible highs and lows that make the race so special. 

The riders reveal poignant moments, memories of individual and team triumph, moments of glory and yet at the same time, moments of suffering and pain. In other words, everything that makes up the Giro d'Italia.

Last year's Corsa Rosa was famously won by Ryder Hesjedal, Canada's first-ever grand tour winner, in an epic battle with Rodriguez that lasted until the final stage of the race.

This year, the Giro will start on May 4 from the historic heart of Naples in Southern Italy. Let the countdown begin.