Giro Stage 19 Cycling blog
Stage 18 was good to us as Gilbert landed a nice touch at 50/1 for the stage win (click here), but back on Giro Stage 19 the mountains come back to the fore. The three late climbs back to back are really going mix things up for the riders, and surely Contador is targeting this as the day he takes the stage win he dearly seeks. Part of him will be looking to conserve for the Tour while the other part will hate to win a grand tour without a stage win.
At 236km this is a mega stage and one I would be hard pushed to argue would go to a break, there is just so much climbing and such a long day for a rider working all day to hold off the chasing pack. There is a big battle for the climbers blue jersey to be decided so expect all the usual men to be in the days break. The final climb is quiet long and pitches up and down a Contador favourite really. The final 2km are flat but I expect that won’t matter as the gaps will have been created before then by the winner. Aru would suit a climb like this but he does not look as lively as he did last year when he thrived.
Betancur is obviously thriving from life on tour as he has improved but he still looks a little less than his best of a few years ago. Intxausti will be the same and out on the attack for the climbers jersey. Atapuma is of interest all as a likely stage hunter in memory of his mother, but really Contador looks a decent price if he plays his cards right. Whoever wins will have earned it on a hell of stage. Hesjedal at 10/1 is flying but I just have my doubts that despite his great form you can’t trust him enough at those odds. Trofimov doesn’t always look pretty but he has shown glimpses and yesterday had one of the easier days as he just sat in and let others pace it.
An inusrance bet for the break should be placed on Intxausti already a smart stage winner here.
Giro Stage 19 Bets:
.2pts Yury Trofimov 25/1 paddys
.6pts Alberto Contador 5/2 various
.2pts Benat Intxausti 40/1 ladbrokes
1pt Dupont to beat Uran 2.46 pinnacle
2pt Chaves to beat Szmyd 2.67 pinnacle
1pt Monfort to beat Van Den Broeck 6/4 bet365
1pt Contador to beat Landa 1.94 pinnacle
1.5pts Atapuma to beat Pirazzi 1.94 pinnacle