Team directors play role for Giro favorites

Updated: May 3, 2013, 10:17 AM ET
Associated Press

NAPLES, Italy -- In terms of big cycling titles, Bradley Wiggins outshines Giro d'Italia rival Vincenzo Nibali.

It's just the opposite for the two men who will be guiding the riders in the team cars when the three-week race begins on Saturday.

Wiggins is the defending Tour de France champion and has won four Olympic gold medals -- three in track cycling plus the road time trial at last year's London Games.

Nibali's best achievement is winning the 2010 Spanish Vuelta, which ranks third among the sport's three Grand Tours.

Wiggins' team director with Sky, 38-year-old Marcus Ljungqvist, is a relative newcomer to the job. The 58-year-old Giuseppe Martinelli of Astana is one of the most experienced men in the sport.

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