Roy The Boy looks ahead to the Giro D'Italia and he thinks Vincenzo Nibali is a very good each way bet at the odds.
Vincenzo Nibali Will Surely Podium and Possibly Win the Giro
Nairo Quintana has cost Betswot’s following plenty in recent times. The Columbian may have finished third in last year’s Tour de France but it was still a tame effort from the 27-year-old.
Of course, like a son of Montjeu with a double Timeform squiggle, he promptly then won the Vuelta a España and has kicked off 2017 with victory in the 1,000km Tirreno–Adriatico across central Italy. At even money for the Giro d’Italia backing him is simply inviting more unrequited love, thwarted opportunities, barren bonds, dashed hopes and broken hearts.
But that short price makes his rivals all the more attractive as betting propositions and Stan James have really gone out on a limb in offering 13/2 about the defending champion, Vincenzo Nibali. It’s an excellent opportunity given Nibali’s form figures in this race read: 3-2-1-1
With a number of cycling’s big-names not taking part – notably Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde, last year’s runner-up Esteban Chaves and serial stage winner Peter Sagan – its near impossible to see Nibali not standing on the podium at the race conclusion in Milan on May 28.
Incidentally, the first two weeks of this year’s Giro feature no end of low and medium difficulty stages so do not be concerned about seeing our selection adrift but do expect him to shine on the mountainous stages (16-20). The final stage, stage 21, is a 29km time-trial which means, unlike the final stage of the Tour de France, it will not be a showboating exercise and let us not forget Quintana is a poor time trialist.
Vincenzo Nibali at 13/2 each-way with Stan James