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What the Giro d’Italia Can Help Us Predict About the Tour de France

The Giro d’Italia, also known as the Giro, is a three week long whirlwind cycling race of Italy (though it also passes through surrounding European countries) and is held every year. This year sees the 105th Giro d’Italia race, which began on Friday, May 6 in Budapest, Hungary and is ending pretty soon – it’s scheduled to conclude on Sunday, May 29, in Verona, Italy. The race includes a variety of stages including six mountain stages and five sprint stages, and cyclists get to catch some incredible views of the Italian landscape along the way.

The race is traditionally held before the Tour de France, in order to give cyclists time to recover between races (although not many tend to compete in both nowadays). The Giro could therefore potentially give us a decent insight into what the Tour de France might hold later on this year. If you’re a cycling fanatic and you want to gear up for the Tour de France by finding the best betting odds, then look no further, as we’ve got all the predictions for you right here.

 

The Giro d’Italia: Current Rankings
Currently the Ecuadorian pro Richard Carapaz is in the lead and heading for the maglia rosa, although his lead is pretty narrow as Australian racer Jai Hindley is catching up. Carapaz was the champion of the Giro in 2019 and he was certainly the bookies favorite leading up to this year’s race, so it won’t come as a huge surprise if he manages to take home the title once again this year. Carapaz said of the latest developments; ‘I’ve lost a few seconds on Hindley, but I gained more on Almeida so the balance is positive’. Carapaz is currently still holding the overall lead – you can check out our Stage 16 race report for the lowdown on all the recent ranking changes. As it stands, the riders are ranked as follows:

 

  1. Richard Carapaz
    2. Jai Hindley
    3. João Almeida
  2. Mikel Landa
    5. Vincenzo Nibali
    6. Domenico Pozzovivo
    7. Pello Bilbao
    8. Emanuel Buchmann
    9. Jan Hirt
    10. Alejandro Valverde

 

The 2022 Tour de France
This year, the Tour de France will be the 109th edition of the world famous race – cyclists will set off from Copenhagen, Denmark on July 1 and finish up at the iconic Champs-Élysées stage in Paris, France on July 24. We can certainly look forward to a thrilling few weeks of racing, as the Tour de France should no longer see major disruption from the coronavirus pandemic and the race always guarantees a thrilling watch, whether you’re spectating at home or on the sidelines.

If we’re going to see Carapaz at the Tour de France, then the chances are he’ll be one to watch considering the strength of his current performance in the Giro. However, since Carapaz has struggled with the brutal uphills in Stage 16, he could suffer on all the unforgiving summit finishes on this year’s Tour de France route.

Then there’s Tadej Pogacar of course, of UAE Team Emirates, who has won the past two Tours and is a clear standout favorite to perform at the highest level again this year. The cyclist has enjoyed near total domination lately with seven wins already this season, and to some it may even feel almost inevitable that Pogacar will win the Tour again – no matter what happens in the final stages of the Giro this year.

Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) is currently racing in the Giro and seems set to race at the Tour as well – though many might question his ability to deliver on this challenge, he’s started out strong at the Giro d’Italia and could be gearing up for an even greater performance by the time he gets to France. Similarly, Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) has already made a fair few appearances in 2022, including the Giro and Vuelta. He’s certainly not the bookies favourite but this young rider is only in his third season and shouldn’t be underestimated – there might be a few surprises yet from the 25 year old cyclist.

Other players to watch include Jonas Vingegaard (Denmark), Primoz Roglic (Slovenia), Daniel Martínez (Colombia). The odds are changing all the time and there are a lot of unknowns currently as we await the final announcements confirmations from the teams, since various factors such as injuries or other complications could affect the lineup for this year’s race. We’d recommend keeping a keen eye on the results of the Giro as they’ll give us a little more insight into the strongest contenders as we head towards the Tour de France. We hope our analysis helps you to pick your favorites for this year’s Tour de France – after all it’s only around the corner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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