Predictions for 2013 Vuelta a Espana: The Race Begins on Saturday in Galicia

2013 Vuelta a Espana

Cycling odds are on the board at BetPhoenix sportsbook for the Vuelta a Espana which begins on Saturday. The race, also known as the Tour of Spain looks to be wide open with a number of contenders. The three top favorites in cycling odds are Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde. Let’s take a look at this race which will be run over the next few weeks.

Top Contenders

In addition to Nibali, Rodriguez and Valverde, other top choices to win the race include Sergio Henao and Carlos Betancur. Nibali is the top choice as he won the Giro but not to be overlooked is the Sky trio of Henao, Betancur and Rigoberto Uran. The Saxo-Tinkoff team also looks tough with Nicholas Roche, Rafal Majka, and Roman Kreuziger.

The Tour of Spain is a UCI World Tour event so most of the teams are UFC ProTeams. The race is a three week long event that goes through the Pyrenees and finishes in Madrid. There are 21 segments over 23 days with two rest days. The defending champion is Spain’s Alberto Contador as he beat Alejandro Valverde and Joaquin Rodriguez. Two years ago it was Vincenzo Nibali winning this race while Juan Jose Cobo won in 2011.

Teams

  • Movistar Team – Valverde and Intxausti
  • Sky Procycling – Henao and Uran
  • Euskaltel-Euskadi – Sanchez and Anton
  • Garmin-Sharp – Stetina and Kreder
  • Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr – Pinot and Geniez
  • Belkin Pro Cyling Team – Mollema and ten Dam
  • Omega Pharma-Quick Step – Martin and Meersman
  • Lotto Belisol Team – De Clercq and Debusschere
  • Team Argos-Shimano – Degenkolb and Sinkeldam
  • Cannondale Pro Cycling Team – Caruso and Basso
  • AG2R La Mondiale – Pozzovivo and Hutarovich
  • RadioShack-Leopard – Cancellara and Monfort
  • Lampre-Merida – Ulissi and Scarponi
  • Team Saxo-Tinkoff – Majka and Sorensen
  • BMC Racing Team – Gilbert and Wyss
  • Astana Pro Team – Nibali and Fuglsang
  • Orica Greenedge – Weening and Davis
  • Katusha Team – Rodriguez and Moreno
  • Coridis Solutions Credits – Navarro and Garcia
  • Team NetApp-Endura – Barta and Konig
  • Caja Rural-Seguros RGA – Lasca and Txurruka

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