Giro D’Italia Preview
The first of the Grand Tours begins this Saturday, although lacking in any home nation riders, here at William Hill there is plenty to choose from to still keep you interested. Ranging from riders winning outright to riders winning the points classification or even a rider placing in the top 10! But don't worry if you didn't place your bet in time, we will also be offering an array of live in-play markets each day to whet your appetite.
Outright:- In Alberto Contador (7/10) we have a convincing favourite, already having 6 Grand Tour titles to his name in his career, though the current winner of La Vuelta is yet to win a stage race in 2015, with his best result dating back in February finishing 2nd. Next up in the betting is Richie Porte (5/2) hoping to make the step-up from Froome's super-domestique to GC winner. Porte already has 3 stage race victories this year plus, and is showing signs that he is ready for the occasion. Fabio Aru (5/1) & Domenico Pozzovivo (17/1) are carrying the hopes of Italy on their shoulders for the race, can the extra support help them cycle through the finish line wearing the famous maglia rosa. Rigoberto Uran (8/1), has finished 2nd in the two previous editions, once in Team Sky's colours and then for Omega-Pharma Quick-Step, can he now go that extra place and win his first grand tour? Other riders to keep an eye on are Ilnur Zakarin (22/1) after winning Tour de Romandie last week, and a rider who has seen a bit of money over previous weeks Ion Izaguirre (150/1) who can also be backed 5/2 to have a top 10 finish.
Points Classification:- With no Kittel or Cavendish present this year, we have a wide open field for the sprint stages. Andre Greipel & Michael Matthews (Both 4/1) have both shown form in winning some tough sprint finishes this year, Matthews with 2 wins and a further 5 podiums, showing his class for picking up those all important points. While Greipel scoring 3 wins and a further 2 podiums, we could have a hot contest between the two. Team Sky take Italian sprinter Elia Viviani (6/1) to compete for the sprints, his year started promising, but he has had a few injuries since, while fellow Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (5/1) arrives with an impressive leadout to secure some stage wins, or you can choose his teammate Fabio Felline (66/1) for a more speculative bet.
King Of The Mountains:- Along with the GC favourites in this market we have some outright climbers in Stefano Pirazzi (6/1) & Maciej Paterski (50/1) whose shown some recent form in Turkey. Given free reign to go for stages we also have Mikel Landa (16/1) & Diego Rosa (66/1)
Other markets available are Team Classification and Tour Match bets, along with Stage betting & Stage Match bets each day. Now sit back, and relax and watch those riders suffer!