There are some great odds available for the Giro d’Italia if you dig below the surface – do you fancy Caleb Ewan to win stage two?
Rigoburto Uran to finish on the podium – 11/4
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Rigoburto Uran is a two-time Giro d’Italia runner-up, so he knows what it’s like to compete in this race over the course of the full three weeks.
Last year he suffered a few setbacks in a team that wasn’t really designed to help him do well in the general classification, but now he’s at Cannondale that could all change.
He will face some major challenges to reach the podium, with an incredibly strong GC competition in store, but should some of his rivals slip up, Uran could capitalise with another podium finish.
He’s 11/4 for a podium finish on PaddyPower.
Bob Jungels to win stage one – 13/1
Both could be good shouts, especially with SkyBet offering 1/3 odds on an each way bet for the top two finishers.
Caleb Ewan to win stage two – 8/1
It’s flat and it’s not massively technical at the end, so expect it to be a flat-out bun fight between the best leadout trains.
Orica-GreenEdge love to get early stage wins in the Giro – they’ve done it in each of the last two years – so you can back Ewan at 8/1 on SkyBet to cross the line first.
Marcel Kittel is confident of success at the Giro d’Italia
Ian Boswell to win the young rider classification – 50/1
Davide Formolo (Cannondale) is the strong favourite to win the young rider’s classification, but Team Sky‘s youngster Ian Boswell has some huge odds.
He’ll be there primarily to support Mikel Landa to the overall title, but if he can put in some good performances of his own – a la Geraint Thomas at the 2015 Tour de France – there’s no reason why he can’t finish high in the white jersey competition.
His teammate Sebastian Henao is tipped to do well in this classification, but at just 6/1 he’s not so much of a tempting proposition.
Boswell’s been out training hard with Chris Froome this spring, so if you think he’s picked up a few tips and tricks from the double Tour winner, you can get him at 50/1 at PaddyPower.
Cannondale to win the team classification – 20/1
I promise to stop banging on about Cannondale soon, but I think their Giro squad has the potential to excel and surprise a few people this year.
With the each team’s best three riders on the general classification taken into account, Cannondale have a strong chance of winning this prize, so long as Uran manages to keep himself in the GC hunt.
Back them at 20/1 at PaddyPower
Anyone but Landa to win the mountains classification – starts at 6/1
Landa is the overwhelming favourite to win the climber’s blue jersey at this Giro d’Italia, which means there are some great odds on literally everyone else.
Bearing in mind that Giovanni Visconti won this title last year by just relentlessly getting in breakaways, that could be the case again this time around and I can’t see Landa doing that if he’s still in contention to win the overall.
Steven Kruijswijk finished third in the mountains race last year by also getting in most of the breakaways and he’s available at 8/1 at Ladbrokes.
Visconti is available at 16/1 (Bet365) to repeat his feat, but with Movistar actually taking a leader this year in Alejandro Valverde it’ll be unlikely to see him out the front too much in the mountains.
Former Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal has some great odds for this classification too, standing at 25/1 across the board. He may struggle to get into the top five overall this year, so instead could get away in a few breaks in the second and third weeks to hoover up some points.
The danger to this bet is that Landa loses time in the time trial and then goes on the attack for stage wins to get it all back – like he did last year, when he came second in the blue jersey battle.