While some of the best cyclists are taking part in the 2021 Giro d’Italia, others compete now in the 2021 Vuelta a Andalucia. The 5-day race is held this week, between the 18th and 22nd of May along the Costa del Sol. The 2021 Vuelta a Andalucia winner odds favor Movistar rider Miguel Angel Lopez in the absence of the previous winner, Jakob Fuglsang who won’t compete this year.
The first Vuelta a Andalucia tournament was held in 1925, then after a 30-year break the race returned and has been held every year ever since. Usually Spanish riders perform well here due to their local knowledge and experience. Alejandro Valverde has the most wins here with 5 victories while Danish Jakob Fuglsang is the defending champion. The Astana rider won’t be here this time though after the race has been rescheduled from its original date in February to May. But we can still find great cyclists in the starting list riding for the 16 World and ProTeams taking part in the tournament. The race is part of the 2021 European Tour and runs over 807km on hilly and tough terrain.
2021 Vuelta a Andalucia winner odds favor Movistar victory
The captain of Movistar at this race, Miguel Angel Lopez is the top favorite of online sportsbooks in Spain with the odds of 2.50. The Columbian cyclist hasn’t got any great result this season but it might change now in Andalucia. Lopez has won stages in Vuelta a Espana and last year’s Tour de France. While he also won the white jersey in the 2018 and 2019 Giro d’Italia. The 2019 Volta a Catalunya winner likes these kinds of terrain and can prove his skills ahead of this year’s Tour de France.
As always, the Ineos team can also perform well, even though it brought a very young team to the race. Led by English talent Ethan Hayter who has a gold medal from the 2018 Track Cycling World and European Championships. From the road his best result is a second-place finish from this year’s Volta ao Algarve. Which can be a promising sign ahead of this race where his teammate, Eddie Dunbar can also help him. The Irish cyclist took part in the 2019 Giro d’Italia and finished 22nd in the overall standings. Now his odds to win his first race is 5.00 in the 2021 Vuelta a Andalucia winner odds. While Hayter has the odds of 9.90 for the victory.
Favorites from other top teams
Russian ProTeam, Gazprom-RusVelo has a very experienced rider in Ilnur Zakarin. Who is also mentioned in the overall favorites by online gambling sites in Spain. The 31-year-old rider finished third in the 2017 Vuelta and fifth in the Giro in the same year. He got some top 10 finishes from other small races in the last few years. This season Zakarin’s best result is an 8th-place finish at the Vuelta Asturias two weeks ago. His odds to win now is 17.00
The same odds are offered for the victory of Australian Jay Vine, who is riding for Alpecin-Felix. The Aussie rider seems to be in great shape after finishing second in the 2021 Tour of Turkey. Just like Spanish Jonathan Lastra Martinez who finished fourth in the 2021 Volta ao Algarve a few weeks ago. And also second in the one-day Classica de Arrabida. While Astana will hope to see a great performance from Oscar Rodriguez, a stage winner in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana. His odds to get the victory is 21.00 on 22Bet.