Giro d’Italia 2019 Odds and Preview – Cycling Betting May 11

Durable Dumoulin can take back his Giro title

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Along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta Espana, the Giro d’Italia is one of the major road races of the cycling year. As with all races in the World Tour, the 18 major teams are invited to enter riders and there have been some famous winners down the years. First run in 1909, when it was used as a vehicle to promote the sales of newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italian riders dominated the early decades of the race but that changed from the 1960’s onwards when overseas riders began to take an interest and the race’s profile improved as a result. Home riders still win their fair share but the pink jersey is now almost as coveted as the yellow one in the Tour de France.

Three riders have won the Giro d’Italia five times – Alfredo Binda and Fausto Coppi from Italy and Eddy Merckx, the Cannibal, from Belgium.

Giro d’Italia Winners Since 2000

Year GC Points class. Mountains class. Best young rider
2018 Chris Froome Elia Viviani Chris Froome Miguel Ángel López
2017 Tom Dumoulin Fernando Gaviria Mikel Landa Bob Jungels
2016 Vincenzo Nibali Giacomo Nizzolo Mikel Nieve Bob Jungels
2015 Alberto Contador Giacomo Nizzolo Giovanni Visconti Fabio Aru
2014 Nairo Quintana Nacer Bouhanni Julian Arredondo Nairo Quintana
2013 Vincenzo Nibali Mark Cavendish Stefano Pirazzi Carlos Betancur
2012 Ryder Hesjedal Joaquím Rodríguez Matteo Rabottini Rigoberto Urán
2011 Michele Scarponi Michele Scarponi Stefano Garzelli Roman Kreuziger
2010 Ivan Basso Cadel Evans Matthew Lloyd Richie Porte
2009 Denis Mensjov Danilo Di Luca * Stefano Garzelli Kevin Seeldraeyers
2008 Alberto Contador Daniele Bennati Emanuele Sella * Riccardo Riccò
2007 Danilo Di Luca Alessandro Petacchi Leonardo Piepoli Andy Schleck
2006 Ivan Basso Paolo Bettini Juan Manuel Gárate n/a
2005 Paolo Savoldelli Paolo Bettini José Rujano n/a
2004 Damiano Cunego Alessandro Petacchi Fabian Wegmann n/a
2003 Gilberto Simoni Gilberto Simoni Freddy González n/a
2002 Paolo Savoldelli Mario Cipollini Julio Alberto Pérez Cuapio n/a
2001 Gilberto Simoni Massimo Strazzer Freddy González n/a
2000 Stefano Garzelli Dmitri Konysjev Francesco Casagrande n/a

This year’s race begins with a time trial around Bologna and ends, in three weeks’ time, in Verona. Each day, riders have an average of 170km to cover with 12 stages featuring at least one significant climb.

Giro d’ Italia 2019 Stages

Date Route Length Type
1 Saturday 11-5 Bologna – San Luca 8 km hilly ITT
2 Sunday 12-5 Bologna – Fucecchio 205 km flat
3 Monday 13-5 Vinci – Orbetello 220 km flat
4 Tuesday 14-5 Orbetello – Frascati 223 km finish uphill
5 Wednesday 15-5 Frascati – Terracini 140 km flat
6 Thursday 16-5 Cassino – San Giovanni Rotondo 238 km hills
7 Friday 17-5 Vasto – L’Aquila 185 km hills
8 Saturday 18-5 Tortoreto Lido – Pesaro 239 km hills
9 Sunday 19-5 Riccione – San Marino 34.8 km hilly ITT
Monday 20-5 Rest Day
10 Tuesday 21-5 Ravenna – Modena 145 km flat
11 Wednesday 22-5 Carpi – Novi Ligure 221 km flat
12 Thursday 23-5 Cuneo – Pinerolo 158 km hills
13 Friday 24-5 Pinerolo – Lago Serrù 196 km mountains
14 Saturday 25-5 Saint-Vincent – Courmayeur 131 km mountains
15 Sunday 26-5 Ivrea – Como 232 km hills
Monday 27-5 Rest Day
16 Tuesday 28-5 Lovere – Ponte di Legno 226 km mountains
17 Wednesday 29-5 Commezzadura – Anterselva/Antholz 181 km mountains
18 Thursday 30-5 Valdora/Olang – Santa Maria di Sala 222 km flat
19 Friday 31-5 Treviso – San Martino di Castrozza 151 km mountains
20 Saturday 1-6 Feltre – Croce d’Aune/Monte Avena 194 km mountains
21 Sunday 2-6 Verona – Verona 17 km ITT

DumoulinChris Froome has declined the opportunity to defend his title as he’s focussing on the Tour de France again this year. Fellow Ineos rider Egan Bernal has a broken collar bone so also misses out.

Tom Dumoulin (11/4 with Betway) looks a major contender, however. The Dutchman won this race two years ago and is an accomplished all-rounder, being equally at home in the mountains and against the clock. He won’t be getting involved in any sprints but there won’t be many more consistent in finishing near the head of affairs every day and he is relentless.

Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez rides for Astana and, though only 25-years-old, has already placed in both the Giro and the Vuelta. He’s won the Volta a Catalonia and is a tempting 12/1 with Betfred.

Primoz Roglic also arrives in Italy with excellent credentials. The Slovenian has already won the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of Romandie this year to add to his victories last year in the Pais Vasco, Romandie and Tour of Slovenia. In 2018, he also made the podium in the Tour Of Britain and just missed out in the Tour de France and is been backed into a best 7/4 with Coral to wear the pink jersey in Verona.

Britain’s Simon Yates should have won the Giro d’Italia last year but blew up under pressure from Froome. He did later go on to gain compensation of sorts in the Vuelta but badly wants to make up for last year’s disappointment. A winner in the time-trial at the Paris-Nice was confirmation that he can handle himself on the flat and there will be plenty who will want to be on board with the Mitchelton-Scott rider.

Two-times winner Vincenzo Nibali is trying again and can be backed at 8/1 with Betway but it’s not hard to imagine that the veteran will not have the pace to cope with younger rivals in key stages.

Giro d’Italia 2019 Current Best Odds

Primoz Roglic 7/4
Tom DuMoulin 11/4
Simon Yates 13/4
Vincenzo Nibali 8/1
Miguel Angel Lopez 12/1
Mikel Landa 20/1
Ivan Ramiro Sosa 66/1
Linur Zakarin 70/1
Richard Carapaz 80/1
Bob Jungels, Rafal Majka and Pavel Sivakov 100/1
150/1 and Upwards Others
(Odds correct at 3.00pm May 8)

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