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Cycling Betting - Vuelta a Espana Begins on Saturday

  • Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

    By  Blade Armstrong

    Vuelta a Espana DSI Gambling

    Cycling Betting: The third and final Grand Tour of the cycling season is the Vuelta a Espana which begins on Saturday. The race takes place over three weeks and has a number of tough mountain stages. There will be 11 summit finishes including the Alto de L’Angliru in Stage 20. The race appears to be wide open with Vincenzo Nibali a slight favorite in cycling odds at Diamond sportsbook. This race begins on Saturday, August 24th and concludes on Sunday, September 15th.

    Let’s look at the race, some of the contenders and cycling odds available at Diamond sportsbook.

    Three of the world’s top cyclists are skipping the race as Tour de France winner Chris Froome, runner-up Nairo Quintana and defending Vuelta champion Alberto Contador will not be racing. That means the top three favorites are Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde.

    Recent Vuelta Winners

    2012: Alberto Contador

    2011: Juan Jose Cobo

    2010: Vincenzo Nibali

    2009: Alejandro Valverde

    2008: Alberto Contador

    2007: Denis Menchov

    2006: Alexandre Vinokourov

    2005: Denis Menchov

    2004: Roberto Heras

    2003: Roberto Heras

    Cycling Picks

    Many people are probably going to take Nibali since he won the Giro but his form since that win has been poor. Since this race is going to take place primarily in the mountains, the top sprinters are skipping the race. I think taking some longshots are the way to go when betting the Vuelta. I like the chances of Sky's Rigoberto Uran and his teammate Sergio Henao is an interesting choice.

    RadioShack's Fabian Cancellara might also be a good longshot choice. Not to be left out of consideration is Britain’s Andrew Fenn. He doesn’t get the publicity of Mark Cavendish but he may be a factor in this race.

    I like Henao and Samuel Sanchez at odds of about 12-1 each my longshot will be Uran at odds of about 25-1.

    Keep in mind that individual stage odds will be on the board at Diamond sportsbook beginning on Saturday. Check out all of the cycling betting odds on the board right now.