Only four days left of the Giro, but three big stages that could still change the outcome of the GC tremendously. It’s a ridiculously long stage for no real reason today, but it has a sting in the tail with a steep climb to the finish line. It’s one for the punchy riders to become victorious in.
Such a long stage will not be welcomed by the riders. The main teams will rest up and save as much energy for the finale, as their team leaders will need all the help they can get. the big climd at the end is going to be very difficult, making the front group very small. The descent and section of flat before the final wall, will also be difficult to negotiate, expect plenty of attacks from the GC boys.
Esteban Chaves is really good on the steep stuff. This is a terrific opportunity to take time back on Kruijswijk, and hopefully put a little pressure on him. Can also descend and sprint well, so has a good chance of taking a win.
Diego Ulissi was close to his 3rd win on Tuesday. He can succeed from the break or the main bunch. Will have to make a big decision about when he attacks, if he gets it wrong the stage will be over. He has a small chance of winning the points jersey, a win here is a must.
A breakaway has plenty of potential today, so I’ll look to an Astana rider to get in the early break and go for the win. It’s hard to pick from the team as they have so many good riders, Fuglsang and Kangert are both decent propositions so a small bet on each is worth a go.
Advised bets (5 points total)