Cycling: Storylines of the Spring So Far Heading into Giro D'Italia

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Cycling: Storylines of the Spring So Far Heading into Giro D'Italia
Thibault Camus
An emotional Niki Terpstra celebrates in the velodrome after winning Paris-Roubaix.

Quite unbelievably, we are at the point in the year already when the Giro d'Italia rolls off this weekend.

The year's first grand tour begins with three stages in Ireland before heading up from southern Italy and concluding in Trieste on June 1.

With riders such as sprint sensation Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), climbing phenom Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and veterans like Cadel Evans (BMC) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) all looking to make their mark, the Giro should make for fascinating viewing.

Before the three-week Irish/Italian journey begins, now seems as good a time as any to reflect on the spring so far.

Between typically entertaining Classics racing and some noteworthy goings-on at Europe's first stage races of the season, there has been plenty to whet the appetite for what is to come (not to mention enjoy in its own right).

Whether you are looking for a catch-up of things missed ahead of the Giro or a reminder of the notable events of March, April and early May, here are some significant storylines of the spring so far.

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