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2013 Cycling Picks: Vincenzo Nibali Favored to Win Vuelta a Espana

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali is listed as the favorite in cycling betting odds at BetPhoenix sportsbook to win the Vuelta a Espana which begins on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the main contenders to win this 21-stage race.

Top Contenders

Vincenzo Nibali is listed as the favorite with odds of just over 2-1. He is followed by Joaquim Rodriguez who is about 3-1 and Alejandro Valverde who is about 4-1. Sergio Henao is listed at about 13-1 with Carlos Betancur at about 18-1. All of the other drivers are considered longshots.

Race Notes

The Vuelta a Espana is one of the top races in the cycling season. It doesn’t get the press of the Tour de France but it is just as important to people in Spain. The first stage occurs on Saturday but it is just a flat time trial where not much will be decided. There will be a total of 22 teams that begin the Vuelta a Espana. Many of the top riders in the world have chosen to bypass this race including Tour de France winner Chris Froome and Spain’s Alberto Contador. Many riders simply don’t want to deal with the brutal mountain stages of the Vuelta a Espana. All of the leading sprinters in the world are bypassing the race.

Vincenzo Nibali is the top choice to win this race. He won the Giro d’Italia but did not race in the Tour de France. He could be a little overvalued with odds of just over 2-1. There is not much value on Joaquim Rodriguez either as he is just over 3-1. Rodriguez might be a better choice to win though and he comes into the race in good form having won in the Tour of Lombardy and Fleche Wallonne. “I know that winning a Grand Tour is very complicated but I have shown that it is within my capabilities,” Rodriguez said, “I’m aiming for it at this Vuelta. That will be the biggest challenge that faces me before I retire. It would be the difference between going from a good palmares, which I have now, to a magnificent one.”

Check out all of the latest cycling odds for the Vuelta a Espana at BetPhoenix sportsbook.

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