Giro D'Italia - Rest Day Review
We've reached the first rest day of the Giro D'Italia, and we've already had 9 exciting stages, from sprints to bunch sprints, summit finishes and breakaways lasting the distance, with the stage winners producing prices of: 11/2; 2/1; 80/1; 125/1; 2/1; 33/1; 80/1 & 55/1. So be sure to keep your eye on what's more to come, starting with Stage 10 on Tuesday.
Both Andre Greipel (11/10) & Elia Viviani (9/2) will be looking to grab their second stage win so far but there's plenty of other riders who could cause an upset, with Giacomo Nizzolo (11/1) likely to upset the pair in his chase for the Points Jersey.
The General classification has also seen plenty of action, notably Alberto Contador (21/20) falling on stage 6, with rumours circulating of a dislocated shoulder, however he's shown no signs of weakness yet, sitting 3s ahead of Fabio Aru (16/5) & 22s ahead of Team Sky's Richie Porte (7/4) who will be aiming for a strong result in Saturdays Time Trial stage to gain any needed time on his rivals.
The Points classification will be hotly contested in the next few stages with teams sprints set to do their work for the team. Elia Viviani (2/1) currently leads and will hope to consolidate the jersey on stage 10, and if Andre Greipel (4/1) can manage a few more stage wins he could offer some interest. Though a slow burner in this market is Juan Jose Lobato (15/1) who didn't produce much in the opening stages is now beginning to find an extra gear by finishing 2nd on Stage 7 and sits 9th in this classiciation.
The King of The Mountains Classification is the jersey for the climbers, and after the first week, we start to see some of the GC riders who find themselves some way off a podium or a top 10 overall, start switching their attention to be the King of the Mountains. This is exactly the case for current favourite Benat Intxausti (11/4) who won on this years first summit finish. Also look to Carlos Betancur (10/1) to aim for the jersey and salvage something for AG2R after his team losing their team leader due to a horrific accident. Look to this market for any other GC riders changing their strategy.