What’s the stage like?
Flatter than a road-bound hedgehog, with not a spike in sight. It’s 198km. It’s straight. There actually is nothing to be mentioned about it, therefore the overworked hedgehog metaphor. It ends in honest Verona, the place our sprinters will lay their scene. I’ll try to maintain the Romeo and Juliet factor going for curiosity.
Who are the favourites?
With Caleb Ewan and Tim Merlier each parting (such candy sorrow) firm with the race, the nearly-men of this 12 months’s Giro sprinting crowd have their probability.
Peter Sagan (9.008/1), who used his Bora Hansgrohe to good impact in driving his rivals into submission on the hillier Stage 10, must depend on pure pace this time: there aren’t any ascents on which to weaken his opponents. That in all probability means he might be outgunned within the closing metres. Although a win wouldn’t be a shock, he is arduous to help on the odds.
Fernando Gaviria (7.006/1) laid down the most important problem to Sagan on that day, however how a lot of that was proof of him returning to kind will not be clear. He survived the battle of attrition the place the opposite sprinters have been slain, however his story of woe from latest seasons is not clearly over. Like Sagan, a win for Gaviria could be no shock, however he is not the worth guess.
Better decisions are Dylan Groenewegen (5.004/1) and Giacomo Nizzolo (5.004/1). I can not tip Nizzolo – for causes outlined on Stage 2, Stage 5, and Stage 10 – so the selection is Groenewegen. He’s been mixing it with the perfect on the dash levels to date, has stayed quiet on the more durable days since, and can little doubt have his Team Jumbo Visma out in pressure to try to wipe away the disgrace of his banishment, turning his critics’ rancour to pure love.
Who are the almost definitely outsiders?
Matteo Moschetti (16.0015/1) and Davide Cimolai (18.0017/1) will possible be near the motion, however will in the end be bit-part gamers.
What impact will it have on the general markets?
It’s a time without work for the General Classification guys: they only have to remain out of hassle. Likewise, these with designs on the Mountains Classification.
Today is all in regards to the Points Classification and whether or not Peter Sagan can lengthen his lead in it.
*Odds right on the time of writing