What’s the stage like?
It’s notoriously troublesome to predict the shape that riders will deliver to the primary Grand Tour stage after a relaxation day and, in case that wasn’t sufficient, the route they’ve to negotiate is infamous in its problem.
The first 93km are harmless sufficient: after the beginning in Perugia, the peloton has just a few lumps and bumps to move and nothing extra. The final 70km are brutal, although. Four dirt sections – totalling 36km – greet the riders, together with a collection of climbs, two of that are categorised.
The final time the Giro visited the dirt roads made well-known by the one-day race, Strade Bianche, was in 2010, the place carnage ensued. That carnage was magnified by heavy rain, which some climate bureaus predict is probably going for Stage 11. Expect some laborious luck tales.
Who are the favourites?
Given the way in which he blew away his rivals on the gravel of Stage 9 (and given his third place at Strade Bianche earlier this 12 months), it is no shock that Egan Bernal is the favorite at round 6.005/1. And he is laborious to oppose. The hills may not be so long as can be superb for Bernal, however they embrace some steep ramps, reaching gradients of 16%, so he ought to nonetheless excel.
Expect Ineos Grenadiers to hit the entrance because the second dirt part begins, setting a scorching tempo for others to attempt to observe. If they do, and Bernal brings the identical legs he had on Stage 9, it is laborious to see him not profitable his second stage right here.
Who are the most probably outsiders?
Giulio Ciccone (14.0013/1), Aleksandr Vlasov (40.0039/1) and Remco Evenepoel (10.009/1) adopted Bernal residence on Stage 9 and cannot be discounted, however it’s laborious to see how any of them are worth to flip the tables. Of the three, Evenepoel may need the very best likelihood: there’s nonetheless the sense that he is feeling his means into the race, and with 10 days accomplished and a recuperative relaxation day simply had, he would possibly resolve to journey extra aggressively. At the costs, nonetheless, Vlasov would have to be the decide for anybody fancying a speculative punt.
Of the others, Pello Bilbao (40.0039/1) and Simon Carr (100.0099/1) each rode properly sufficient at Strade Bianche, and each have proven good kind at this Giro. Whether they fairly have the legs – or the group – to compete for the win right here, although, is questionable. For each, they’ll possible want a breakaway to be given the day if they’re to style glory.
What impact will it have on the general markets?
Take out the gravel and this can be a day of little consequence: just a few seconds here-and-there maybe, however in any other case the General Classification would emerge largely unscathed. A little bit of dirt adjustments every thing, although. Although Bernal has leapt to odds-on favouritism after his stage win, a number of riders will nonetheless be eyeing the Pink Jersey. After Stage 11, although, a number of can have given up on these pretentions.
*Odds appropriate on the time of writing