The 13th race of the 2021 UCI World Tour, the Tour of the Basque Country takes place this week, between the 5th and 11th of April in Northern Spain. Probably the best two cyclists at the moment, both Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar compete in the tournament. The 2021 Vuelta al Pais Vasco odds favor Roglic to win ahead of his younger rival. But other top cyclists can also have a say in the final victory.
The Basque Tour goes back to a long history as the first edition was held in 1924. After a few changes and decades-long break, the race returned back in 1969 as a five-day race. Beside Spanish winners we can also find Denis Menchov or Nairo Quintana with a victory. While Ion Izagirre is the defending champion after winning the last event in 2019.
The 60th edition of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco tournament is promised to bring lots of excitement for cycling fans. As such top riders will take part in the event as the 2020 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar, the 2-time Vuelta a Espana winner Primoz Roglic. Or the 2021 Volta a Catalunya winner Adam Yates. All three of them are in great form this season. But this tour is one of the toughest events of the season with several steep climbs, so they have to show their best form to win it.
2021 Vuelta al Pais Vasco odds favor Roglic ahead of big rivals
Primoz Roglic won this race three years ago, in 2018. Now Roglic is the top favorite of online sportsbooks in Spain with the odds of 1.57. The 31-year-old rider has won the Vuelta a Espana for the second time last season. He was close to winning the 2020 Tour de France as well but his compatriot, Tadej Pogacar beat him on the last but one stage. This season Roglic got unlucky again. As he lost the Paris-Nice race following his crash on the last stage in spite of leading the race until then. Now the Jumbo-Visma rider can prove his dominance in the Basque Tour. Where he also leads the general classification at the moment.
His main rival, Pogacar is also here though. The 22-year-old has been in great form after already winning the UAE Tour and the Tirreno-Adriatico this season. The 2020 Tour de France winner is one of the greatest talents of the sport but even he can be defeated. As Roglic has already shown in the first stage of this tournament. Where he was 28 seconds faster than the UAE Team Emirates cyclist. Of course, Pogacar can still overcome this difference easily and fight for the overall title. His odds to win the race is 4.74 in the 2021 Vuelta al Pais Vasco odds.
Yates, Mcnulty and Valverde might cause some surprise
Ineos rider Adam Yates has been also enjoying a great season so far. He has won the Volta a Catalunya a few weeks ago and finished as a runner-up in the UAE Tour. The British cyclist has also won a stage here in 2019 but surely will aim for more this time. He is riding in a top team surrounded by other great cyclists like Tao Geoghegan Hart and Richard Carapaz. Who can help him in later stages. His odds to win the race are 9.00 on Bet365.
Online gambling sites in Spain also mention American youngster, Brandon McNulty with the odds of 24.00. The teammate of Pogacar is currently in third place only 6 seconds behind the leader. The 2016 junior time trial world champion finished fourth in last year’s Vuelta a San Juan. So he can be a surprise rider of this race. While the former Basque Tour winner Alejandro Valverde hopes for another great result on home soil. The Moviestar rider won here in 2017 but his odds to repeat his success are much higher now with 34.00.