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The eyes of the cycling world will be on Palermo on Saturday, October 3, as the eagerly-awaited Giro d’Italia gets underway.
The 103rd edition of the event features over 40,000 metres of climbing across 50 classified climbs, while five summit finishes will undoubtedly test the endurance of the riders.
Read on as we take a closer look at the 2020 Giro d’Italia and predict who we think will emerge victorious in Milan on October 25.
Thomas Eager for Redemption in Italy
Geraint Thomas is the Evens favourite in the outright betting to win the race, with Simon Yates next in the market at 13/4.
The British rider has looked back to his best over the past few weeks after being dropped from the Ineos squad for the Tour de France.
Thomas was strongly fancied to win the Giro in 2017, but a crash on stage 9 involving a police motorbike put paid to his chances.
The three individual time trials should play to the Welshman’s strengths, and it would be a major surprise if he isn’t in contention for victory on the final day.
Yates Has a Point to Prove
Yates heads into the Giro with a point to prove after failing to live up to expectations on his previous two attempts in the race.
He won three stages in 2018 but folded spectacularly during the latter stages of the event to eventually finish in 21st position.
Yates improved to finish eighth last season and will undoubtedly be keen to make his mark on the Giro this time around.
The 28-year-old’s victory in the Tirreno-Adriatico during September highlighted his current good form, and he could emerge as the biggest threat to Thomas over the next few weeks.
Fuglsang Out to Break Grand Tour Duck
Jakob Fuglsang is widely recognised as one of the world’s best one-day riders, but he is yet to transfer that ability onto the Grand Tour stage.
He managed secure seventh position in the 2013 Tour de France, but has never finished in the top 10 in one of the big events since then.
His recent performances include victories in the Ruta del Sol and Il Lombardia, although whether he can sustain his form over a three-week period is debatable.
The 35-year-old is priced at odds of 11/2 to break his Grand Tour duck and that looks far too short given his previous record at this level.
Lopez Could be a Big Danger
Miguel Angel Lopez has participated in seven three-week races during his career and finished in the top eight in six of them.
He has finished third and seventh in Italy in the last two editions of the Giro and could well force himself into contention in this year’s event.
The 26-year-old claimed sixth place in the Tour de France and fatigue might prove to be an issue in the Giro d’Italia.
However, given his previous his previous record in this race, Lopez looks a good value bet to be challenging for a top-three spot.
Giro d’Italia Route
|1||October 3||Monreale to Palermo||9 miles||Individual time trial|
|2||October 4||Alcamo to Agrigento||93 miles||Flat stage|
|3||October 5||Enna to Etna||93 miles||Mountain stage|
|4||October 6||Catania to Villafranca Tirrena||87 miles||Flat stage|
|5||October 7||Mileto to Camigliatello Silano||140 miles||Intermediate stage|
|6||October 8||Castrovillari to Matera||117 miles||Flat stage|
|7||October 9||Matera to Brindisi||89 miles||Flat stage|
|8||October 10||Giovinazzo to Vieste||124 miles||Intermediate stage|
|9||October 11||San Salvo to Roccaraso (Aremogna)||129 miles||Intermediate stage|
|October 12||Rest day|
|10||October 13||Lanciano to Tortoreto||110 miles||Intermediate stage|
|11||October 14||Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini||113 miles||Flat stage|
|12||October 15||Cesenatico to Cesenatico||127 miles||Intermediate stage|
|13||October 16||Cervia to Monselice||119 miles||Hilly stage|
|14||October 17||Conegliano to Valdobbiadene||21 miles||Individual time trial|
|15||October 18||Base Aerea Rivolto to Piancavallo||115 miles||Mountain stage|
|October 19||Rest day|
|16||October 20||Udine to San Daniele del Friuli||142 miles||Intermediate stage|
|17||October 21||Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio||126 miles||Mountain stage|
|18||October 22||Pinzolo to Laghi di Cancano||129 miles||Mountain stage|
|19||October 23||Morbegno to Asti||156 miles||Flat stage|
|20||October 24||Alba to Sestriere||123 miles||Mountain stage|
|21||October 25||Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milano||10 miles||Individual time trial|
Giro d’Italia Prediction
Backing a rider at Evens in a Grand Tour event is fraught with danger, but it’s difficult to argue against Thomas being a worthy favourite for the race.
For punters searching for a bit of betting value, Lopez looks a solid wager at odds of 11/2 to finish on the podium.