Finally bookmakers are beginning to put up betting odds for the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy). Up first is Sportingbet who are offering markets on both the winner and a podium spot (Top 3).
The Giro d’Italia boasts a top field this year with many riders enjoying extra motivation. The appearance of Astana has split opinion for many but as the most high-profile race on their calendar this year, expect them to show strongly. The question for Astana is, who is their leader? Andreas Kloden, Alberto Contador or Levi Leipheimer? Will they battle each other?
Also in the favourties mix is Danilo Di Luca who has not gone without problems recently. Despite riding with a weaker team, Di Luca has never been a rider to need team-mates around him to succeed.
Finally Denis Menchov rides the Giro d’Italia in 2008 as warm-up for the Tour de France. His focus is clearly aimed at the race in July but can he pull off a Giro/Tour double?
Ricardo Ricco look good odds at 17.00 but much will depend on whether he can mentally focus throughout a 3 week race.
Latest odds from Sportingbet
Alberto Contador 3.75 Andreas Kloden 4.333 Danilo Di Luca 6.00 Levi Leipheimer 10.00 Gilberto Simoni 11.00 Denis Menchov 12.00 Juan Mauricio Soler 12.00 Riccardo Ricco 17.00 Vincenzo Nibali 17.00 Vladimir Karpets 26.00 Franco Pellizotti 29.00 Marzio Bruseghin 34.00 Leonardo Piepoli 41.00 Paolo Savoldelli 41.00 Tadej Valjavec 41.00
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