Giro d'Italia - Bouhanni to lead FDJ at Giro

Nacer Bouhanni will share FDJ's leadership at this year's Giro d'Italia as the sprinter makes his debut in the race.

Giro d'Italia - Bouhanni to lead FDJ at Giro

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Nacer Bouhanni

The French national champion will be the protected sprinter for FDJ, who he will lead alongside general classification outsider Arnold Jeannesson and veteran Sandy Casar.

The 23-year-old will get the chance to compete with the likes of Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) and Francesco Chicchi (Vini Fantini-Sella Italia) at the race, which starts on May 4.

"It'd be good if he won this time, the Giro sprints suit him," FDJ manager Marc Madiot told AFP.

Bouhanni already has four wins to his name this season: the Val d'Ille U Classic 35 and stage wins at the Tour of Oman, Paris-Nice and Circuit de la Sarthe.

FDJ squad for the Giro d'Italia: Murilo Fischer, Anthony Roux, Jussi Veikkanen, Johan Le Bon, Nacer Bouhanni, Sandy Casar, Arnold Jeannesson, Laurent Pichon and Francis Mourey.

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