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2011 Giro d'Italia - What the Bookies Think!
 
By Chris Graetz
Date: 5/5/2011
2011 Giro d'Italia - What the Bookies Think!
 

2011 Giro d'Italia - What the Bookies Think!
The odds for the Giro d'Italia from Sportingbet Australia.

The Giro d'Italia is fast approaching and it appears that Alberto Contador is an odds on favourite to collect his second Giro crown and sixth grand tour when the race commences on Saturday, the 7th of May. It is not surprising considering the last five Grand Tours Contador has competed in, he's won.

Contador's first Tour de France crown came that year and his then team, Astana were not invited to the Tour de France in 2008. That made Alberto Contador concentrate on the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana and he won both.

With Lance Armstrong returning to the sport of professional cycling in 2009, that made Contador solely focus on the Tour de France and alas he won. He focused his attention then to the 2010 Tour de France where he managed to scrape home beating Andy Schleck in a tight three week battle.

Can anyone beat Contador?

2010 Vuelta champion Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre) are next best rated to beat Contador at $5.50 and $7 respectively.

2009 Giro winner Denis Menchov is the next best chance at $15. The Russian has a strong Geox team featuring Carlos Sastre and could be Contador's main threat. Menchov also has the Vuelta crown, winning that twice in 2005 and 2007. He has the experience to match Contador and with the better team is more of a threat than what the odds suggest.

Igor Anton, who was one of the better riders at last year's Vuelta is $15. If he can get through the three weeks without crashing, he is a major chance to win.

Contador's compatriot, Joaquin Rodriguez is listed at $17. Rodriguez came 8th in last year's Tour de France and followed it up with 4th place in the Vuelta a month later. Rodriguez is a solid climber and with some of the climbs in this year's Giro being steep, he could be a major threat. His time trialing, however, may let him down, particularly the last one in Milan on the last day. With that said, however, there's an uphill time trial and team time trial and he may not lose huge chunks of time in them.

Previous stage winners Danilo Di Luca ($51) and Emanuelle Sella ($67) cannot be dismissed either.

Who will win the 2011 Giro d'Italia? Sportingbet Australia, http://www.sportingbet.com.au have the market up for the race.

Overall Winner

Alberto Contador - $1.63
Vincenzo Nibali - $5.50
Michele Scarponi - $7
Denis Menchov - $15
Igor Anton - $15
Joaquin Rodriguez - $17
Roman Kreuziger - $26
Domenico Pozzovivo - $51
Danilo Di Luca - $51
Jose Rujano - $67
Emanuelle Sella - $67
Tiago Machado - $67
Carlos Sastre - $81
David Arroyo - $101
Fabio Duarte - $101
Robert Kiserlovski - $151
Marco Pinotti - $151
Thomas Lovkvist - $151
John Gadret - $151
Paolo Tiralongo - $151
Stefano Garzelli - $151
Jose Serpa - $151
Giovanni Visconti - $251
Yaroslav Popovych - $251
David Blanco - $251
Christophe Le Mevel - $251
Daniel Moreno - $251
Giampaolo Caruso - $251
Richie Porte - $251

Points Classification

Who will win the points classification?

Alberto Contador - $3.25
Joaquin Rodriguez - $4.50
Vincenzo Nibali - $7
Michele Scarponi - $7.50
Igor Anton - $17
Denis Menchov - $21
Giovanni Visconti - $26
Roman Kreuziger - $26
Stefano Garzelli - $26
Danilo Di Luca - $26
Alessandro Petacchi - $26
Robbie McEwen - $34
Tyler Farrar - $34
Borut Bozic - $51

King of the Mountains

With Matthew Lloyd not here to defend his KOM jersey, who will win it in 2011?

Alberto Contador - $5.50
Emanuelle Sella - $5.50
Stefano Garzelli - $8.50
Jose Rujano - $11
Igor Anton - $15
Michele Scarponi - $15
Fabio Duarte - $15
Joaquin Rodriguez - $15
Domenico Pozzovivo - $17
Johann Tschopp - $17
Vincenzo Nibali - $17
Jose Serpa - $21
Danilo Di Luca - $26
Denis Menchov - $26
Giovanni Visconti - $34
Rafael Valls - $34
Jackson Rodriguez - $34
Johnny Hoogerland - $34
Jerome Pineau - $34
Stefano Pirazzi - $34
Vasili Kiriyenka - $34
Carlos Sastre - $51

Team Classification

Who will win the Team Classification?

Pro Team Astana - $2.75
GEOX GMC - $2.75
Androni Giacottoli - $4.50
Katusha Team - $9
Team SaxoBank SunGard - $13
Movistar Team - $17
Liquigas Cannondale - $26
Lampre ISD - $67
Team Sky - $67
Ag2r La Mondiale - $101
Acqua & Sapone - $101
Colnago CSF - $101
Euskaltel Euskadi - $101
Quick-Step - $151
RadioShack - $151
Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli - $151
Omega Pharma Lotto - $251
Rabobank - $251
Leopard Trek - $251
HTC Highroad - $251
BMC - $251

For the complete cycling markets including overall head to heads check their website: http://www.sportingbet.com.au

Also checkout the Australian riders preview of the Giro d'Italia. Aussie Assault on the 2011 Giro d'Italia

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