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Giro d’Italia 2020 Betting Odds: Can Carapaz Defend His Title?

  • 103rd Giro d’Italia is between 9 -31 May
  • It will start in Budapest with two more stages in Hungary
  • Defending champion Richard Carapaz is favorite to win
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Yesterday the organizing cities celebrated with pink lights that there were exactly 100 days until the start of this year’s Giro D’Italia. One of the three Grand Tours, the Italian race will start in 2020 from Budapest, Hungary. As the first big race in the season, many of the top riders will be taking part in it, the Giro d’Italia 2020 betting odds favorizing three of them as a winner.  

Every second year the race starts outside of Italy, so after places like Amsterdam, Belfast or Jerusalem, this year Budapest will have the honor to start the competition. There will be two more stages in Hungary before the whole field will go back to Italy to continue the race. It will be the 103rd Giro, so to win a competition like this has real importance. Last year Richard Carapaz won the race, the first Ecuadorian to do so. He is one of the favorites to win in 2020, let’s see his biggest opponents. 

Giro d’Italia 2020 betting odds favorize last year’s champion

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Richard Carapaz here with his old team, Movistar [Agencia de Noticias ANDES [CC BY-SA]
Online gambling sites in Italy are giving the biggest chance for the defending champion, Richard Carapaz to win the race again. His odds are 2.75 at 1xBet. He won two stages last year and finished 1’05” ahead of Italian Vincenzo Nibali and Slovenian Primoz Roglic. His victory was a little surprising though he was thought to be a strong contender. His biggest achievement before this win was his fourth-place finish in the overall ranking in the 2018 Giro and winning a smaller race, the Vuelta a Navarra twice. 

But the Ecuadorian was very convincing last year, he took the pink jersey after winning the 14th stage, and didn’t let go of it after. He was let go by his biggest rivals, Nibali and Roglic during some of the mountain stages, surely they won’t commit the same mistake this time. Carapaz will be racing with a new team, after joining Team Ineos, the British team of Tour de France winners Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, and Egan Bernal. 

Biggest rivals

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Vincenzo Nibali, the local favorite Ericsson jp [CC BY-SA]

Certainly, online sportsbooks in Italy and the fans are all hoping for a home win, which could happen easily. As their top rider, Vincenzo Nibali will be in the race again, he has the odds of 3.50 to win it. Nibali has won the Giro twice so far, in 2013 and 2016, besides his victory at the Tour de France in 2014 and Vuelta a Espana in 2010. 

He is an all-rounder cyclist, who is good at climbs, sprints and time trials. Probably last year he made a mistake and didn’t take Carapaz seriously, but now he will be aware of him. His only disadvantage might be his age, as he turned 35 last year, and in the world of cycling age can matter. But Nibali is riding in a new team as well, in American team Trek-Segafredo, which can bring him new motivation. 

Giro d’Italia 2020 betting odds also predict Simon Yates in the favorites, with the odds of 4.50. Yates, who is a former track cycling race world champion, won the Vuelta in 2018 and also won stages at Giro and at the Tour de France. Last year he was confident that he could win the Giro but failed spectacularly after losing more than 3 minutes in one of the time-trial stages. This year he will try again as this race will be his main target along with the Olympics in Tokyo. 

Secret favorite

We can see as the bookmakers fourth favorite a very young Belgian cyclist, Remco Evenepoel. At the age of only 20, he is already a European time trial champion, finishing second in the world championships. He has also won the Tour of Belgium and the one-day race of Clasica de San Sebastian. After these successes, the QuickStep rider has become a favorite, even though it will be his first Giro d’Italia. 

With three time-trial stages, the Italian Grand Tour will be a good opportunity for Evenepoel to achieve great results, and to experience the atmosphere in a big race like this. It might be early for him to get the overall victory, but it is not possible as his odds of 11.00 are showing.

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