Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 2015 Preview
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco gets under way on Monday with the Giro just around the corner. I won’t go too detailed for this blog. Its five stages and a time trial for this year. Stage 1 is testing enough to narrow the possibble field of winners. 13km of flat from top of final climb. Stage 2 has climbs but easier and a 9km downhill finish chance for smart well placed sprinter. Stage 3 is interesting, it has a super steep ramp at the end of a shortish climb and the race over the top isn’t far too the line. Stage 4 is a near MTF with just a short distance to the line from the top. Plenty climbing on table and a big stage but 5 is even bigger.
By Stage 5 we should have just handful of contenders for the overall. Stage 5 looks brutal, A new climb last raced in 2010 is included which Rodriguez won on says it all. (Profile of finish below) Time trial is just over 18km and it starts quick for the first 11km, after that it climbs its not flat really at any point. A bike change could be on the cards in this test.
This terrain is prefect for Quintana who we know is in top shape, Kwiatkowski won’t be his biggest rival despite what market says, Kwia has proven himself but these steep and multiple climbs do not match his skill set. As always his support cast is top notch. Peraud is worth a shout I love that he has eased into 2015, last year he was 3rd from his Crit win and again he could push close.
Bennett is a very left field pick but he gets a chance to lead this Jumbo team and I would hope he can reward that chance. Pinot I like a lot but the same price as Peraud makes no sense for me. Interested see how Talansky can do after a quiet Paris Nice while Mollema comes in with a superb 2nd.
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Outright:
3pts Nairo Quintana 6/4 skybet
.5pts J C Peraud 25/1 betvictor
2pts Kwiatkowski not to win 1.15 pinnacle
.05pts each way George Bennett 250/1 skybet
1pt Quintana to beat Kwiatkowski 2/5 bet365 (3pts 1.42 pinnacle)
1pt T Van Garderen to beat Pinot evens bet365 .25pts 2.04 pinnacle
1pt Mollema to beat Rui Costa 5/6 bet365 .25pts 2.07 pinnacle
3pts Peraud to beat Spilak evens bet365 (.25pts 1.95 pinnacle)