This marks the beginning of a new Giro. The chances for sprinters will be almost zero, except for stage 18.
The finish may be equal, but there are 3 Category 3 climbs, the last about 30 kilometers from the finish.
Instead of anticipating members breakaway, it’s easier to assume that Van der Poel will fight for victory. We can count on him to try to form an early chip, a second or even revive the race by attacking the solo from the last climb. In case you can’t break away, Nicolo, Consoni and Danes must be able to overcome obstacles and fight for victory. Girma is no longer here, but Eritrea has another star Natnael Tesfationwho took an amazing 8th place in the finish sprint a few days ago.
Mathieu van der Paul – Saved energy to go to victory at a more suitable stage for him.
Vincenzo Albanese – A very good sprinter who can also climb well.
Richard Karapaz – he showed that he is the best sprinter among the contenders for the GC.
Ramen Barde – also have a good sprint and can win if it is a reduced group.
Zhao Almeida – He lies low, but we know he can sprint well.
With up to 27 points to grab in a KOM jersey, the contenders Diego Rosa and Cohen Bowman form a gap. Bauke Molema there will definitely be another attempt at a stage victory, as it will be Harm Wanhuke. Unseen, Smit, Foss, Kalmedjan, Bile… the list of racers who will form a gap is really impossible to predict, but one name that will not be part of a successful gap is Mathieu van der Paul. If the Dutchman is on break, there will be little cooperation, but he still has a chance to win by trying some of these attacks on the rise.
|★★★★★||Mathieu van der Paul||Mathieu van der Paul||Cohen Bowman|
|★★★★||Giacomo Nitzola||Vincenzo Albanese||Natnael Tesfation|
|★★★||Simone Conson||Richard Karapaz||Mathieu van der Paul|
|★★||Alberta Dainese||Ramen Barde||Bauke Molema|
|★||Natnael Tesfation||Zhao Almeida||Harm Wanhuke|
Favorites (out of 15)
13 Van der Poel
5 Bauman, Tesfation
4 Nicola, Albanese
3 Consoni, Karapaz
2 Daines, Bard, Molema
1 Almeida, Vanhuke