Giro Stage 18 Preview Cycling
Giro Stage 17 went the way of the break and I doubt many would have had Pirazzi down to win a style in the way he did but he got the job done. CSF come away with 3 wins and will be delighted with their giro success. The two match bets were a success and really conservative stakes seemed silly and I did have a nice morning lay of Swift. Onto Giro Stage 18 so which is another day in the mountains.
So on Giro Stage 18 and another day in the hills. The day has 3 climbs in all. The day gets under way with the main climb of the day which goes up to 1918m and will likely blow the bunch apart if anyone decides to keep the pace high. From there things ease off before two ramps to the Passo Del Redbus, then its a downhill before a flat spot before the final climb on this 171km stage. Profile of final climb here
This is the first of 3 days in the mountains to wrap up the Giro. The final climb is 16.3km at 7.8% is pretty consistent and will suit a good diesel engine who can get into a rhythm. One things for sure it will be 3 days of hard work for Movistar looking to control things till near the end and keep Quintana out of trouble who won’t be the most popular man in the bunch along with Rolland right now. The climb has two steeper parts which might crack some riders who are hanging on. The right break could have success here as some riders might hold back with two big days ahead.
Some bad weather is about so may affect the stage and the descents may prove tricky. It won’t be as cold that is for sure. Aru and Duarte are too names that stood out straight but at the same price it would be silly to favour the Columbian Duarte who is an inconsistent rider with the talented Sicilian Aru who is fighting for the overall and the podium. Pellizotti is worth another go at 50/1 Androni will keep trying and maybe his team mate Rosa could get involved.
Giro Stage 18 Suggested Bets:
.5pts Fabio Aru 14/1 paddy power
.1pt Franco Pellizotti 50/1 sky bet
2.5pts Aru to beat Pozzovivo 1.92 pinnacle
1pt Kiserlovski to beat Evans evens bet365
2pts Keldermann to beat Hesjedal 2.17 pinnacle
2pt Geniez to beat Vuillermoz 1.95 pinnacle
1.5pts Pellizotti to beat Rabottini 1.65 pinnacle
2pts Pellizotti to beat Moreno 8/11 paddy power
2pt Pantano to beat Cataldo 1.83 pinnacle
2pts Cardoso to beat Niemiec 8/15 paddy power
1.5pts Monfort to beat Basso 1.84 pinnacle