The last Grand Tour of the season, the 2020 Vuelta a Espana will start tomorrow, at an unusual late date. As Giro d’Italia is still going on, a few top riders will miss the Spanish tournament but there are still several favorites to win the green jersey. In the Vuelta points classification winner odds last year’s winner Primoz Roglic is the favorite.
In the Vuelta a Espana the system of points works slightly differently than in the Tour de France or Giro d’Italia. As here the same points are given for the mountain stage winnings as for the flat ones. This system doesn’t support sprinters so much, which means that the winner of the points classification usually performs well in the overall standings as well. It happened last year too, when the overall winner, Slovenian Primoz Roglic also won the points classification. We can find him again in the favorites of this year’s green jersey just like his biggest rivals for the overall win.
Vuelta points classification winner odds predict last year’s winner in the favorites
Online sportsbooks in Spain offer the smallest odds for the victory of Primoz Roglic in the Vuelta points classification winner odds. Roglic won the green jersey last year after wearing it from the 10th stage. Surely he will aim for the overall victory in the Vuelta again following his unexpected defeat at this year’s Tour de France. As most cycling fans surely know, he was leading the overall standing in France until the last but one stage. When his fellow countryman, Tadej Pogacar overtook him after his fantastic time trial. Now Roglic has another chance to get a GC victory in the season. And if he goes well, he can get the necessary points as well to win the green jersey. His odds to do so is 2.50 on bet365.
One of his biggest rivals in this category can be Irish Sam Bennett, who finished third last year, only two points away from runner-up Pogacar. Bennett won two stages at this year’s Tour de France including the last stage in Paris and the green jersey. He is more of a sprinter than a climber, but he can get the points with winning the flat stages in Spain too. Like he did last year with winning two stages at the tournament. Now his odds to get the green jersey in the Vuelta a Espana is 3.75.
Local hero and a great sprinter can also go for the green jersey
Online gambling sites in Spain certainly also mention Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde in the favorites with the odds of 6.00. This will be the 2009 Vuelta a Espana winner’s last race before his retirement. So he will give his best for a last great victory. It might be too much for him to win the general classification at the age of 40, even though he finished as a runner-up last year. But Valverde might have a better chance of winning the green jersey this time if he can get some stage wins in his homeland.
While German Pascal Ackermann can also go for the points during the 3-week race and won the points classification. He has already done it in last year’s Giro d’Italia. Now his odds to achieve it in Spain is 13.00. Ackermann is a great sprinter like Bennett and is in great form after winning the points classification in the Tirreno-Adriatico race last month. But he hasn’t taken part in the other Grand Tours this season. And he will also debut on Vuelta, which might make his job slightly more difficult.