Rome, April 25 - Next month's Giro d'Italia will see its first Chinese rider, Ji Cheng. Ji, 25, last year became the first Chinese to take part in a Grand Tour when he finished 175th in the Vuelta a Espana. Ji started riding in 2006 and in 2008 won the first stage of the South China Sea Tour. Last year he was 140th in the Milan-San Remo spring classic. The 96th Giro runs May 4-26 from Naples to Brescia. Favourites include last year's winner, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali and Spanish Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez.