Tom Dumoulin and Vasil Kiryienka are the two favourites to win the stage 17 time trial at the Vuelta a España, but are there any dark horses in the field?

Tom Dumoulin heads into the stage 17 time trial at the Vuelta a España as the odds-on favourite to take the stage, with a strong chance he could take the red jersey at the same time.

Joaquim Rodriguez and Fabio Aru, who are separated by just a second at the top of the general classification, are not known for their ability against the clock, but with a tired field of riders and a lot on the line a strong performance from one of those could set up an exciting finish to the race.

The bookmakers have two clear favourites in a field bereft of quality time trialists, while the rest of the peloton are – quite understandably – at quite long odds.

Odds are taken from www.oddschecker.com and are correct at the time of publishing.

Favourites

Tom Dumoulin – 8/11 at Bet365
This stage is the Dutchman’s to lose, it seems, with all online bookmakers installing him as odds-on favourite.

Sitting just 1-51 behind Rodriguez, Dumloulin is widely expected to put enough time into his rivals to take control of the red jersey going into the final days of racing.

But having worked incredibly hard to stay in contention in the mountains for the last 16 stages, will he have enough in his legs to claw back enough time on the leaders?

Vasil Kiryienka – 7/4 at Coral
Team Sky could take advantage of the poor time trial field by placing well with Kiryienka.

The omens are good Kiryienka, who won the 59km time trial at the Giro d’Italia in May, as the Belarussian won the stage last time the Vuelta started in Burgos in 2013.

His Giro stage win this year saw him place above some strong riders against the clock, including Alberto Contador and Luis Leon Sanchez.

His odds, which are all around the 7/4 mark, seem quite short but Kiryienka could take the win if Dumoulin struggles.

Luis Leon Sanchez – 14/1 at PaddyPower
The fact that Sanchez is considered a favourite shows just how delapidated the field is. With Chris Froome and Tejay van Garderen out of the race with injury, Sanchez could claim a podium spot.

At 14/1 he’s probably too far out to back for the win, but with several online bookmakers offering an each-way bet for a top-two placing he could be a shout for a speculative flutter.


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