Here’s the best of the rest for the Giro D’Italia betting markets. Going to try and get some upsets landed here over the three weeks – what a challenge it’ll be.
Points: I am really looking to take on the favourites here. There’s a very strong sprinting field but much of their targets come within the first two weeks – Stages 3,4,5,10,11, and 18 are all Category A and B stages, which offer 50 points to the winner – and afterwards the challenge to stay on until Thursday the 30th is a huge one physically, let alone mentally with the Tour as a potential target too.
Of the Category C stages (25 points to the winner), sprinters will do well to get to the finish in the lead group on stages 2,6,7,8,and 12. Of the sprinters who might be stay (Italians for whom this is the highlight of the season), Giacomo Nizzolo has had the best results this year and he could be value if he can get himself enough decent finishes on the flat stage before others drop out.
A puncheur with a quick turn of foot could easily grind their way into the reckoning for this, however, and Tony Gallopin makes more appeal than most. The Frenchman, 11th in the Vuelta last year, took a stage in the Vuelta that was very similar to much of the first week’s stages and he should have his eye on a couple of the finishes in the second week.
Diego Ulissi is riding for a team with no general classification aims and is of big interest for the next few weeks, as he will surely chase a stage or two I the second week, which is all important.
Simon Yates was involved in nearly every single mountain finish last year and still only had 113 points at the end so no GC climber makes appeal.
Advice: 1 pt each/way Giacomo Nizzolo (10/1 Bet365) 1 pt each/way Tony Gallopin (300/1 Bet365, 250/1 elsewhere)
Mountains: The sale of the points has been adjusted for 2019, giving more points to those who pass the climbs first. With less summit finishes, it’s hard to see the GC favourites being as dominant as they were last year and this looks like it’ll go to a breakway contender. Guilo Ciccione was second only to Chris Froome last season and this year’s course is ideal for a breakway hunter.
Team INEOS are unpredictable given their three very young and talented climbers so it’s interesting to see Ivan Sosa as the shortest of their contenders – suggesting Sivakov and Hart are co-leaders for this. Rafal Majka is the sort of climber who could end up stage hunting and if that was to be the case then there’s plenty of opportunities for him to score and he might be worth chancing.
Advice: 1 pt each/way Guilo Ciccione (12/1 general), 1 pt each/way Rafal Majka (16/1 general)
Team: There are actually a number of decent outfits here but few have the sheer power of Astana and Ineos. A team with Miguel Angel Lopez, Pello Bilbao, Dario Cataldo , Jan Hirt and Ion Izagirre will take a huge amount of beating, but Ineos, with Sivakov, Geoghan Hart and Sosa, should be able to give a good rattle if they avoid big injury.
Advice: 2 pts win Ineos