How the Bookies See It
- Outright Winner: Nairo Quintana 1/1, Vincenzo Nibali 5/1, Steven Kruijswijk 8/1, Thibaut Pinot 12/1, Geraint Thomas 12/1 – Paddy Power
- Nairo Quintana is a Colombian cyclist who will be racing for the Movistar team and currently has a PCS and UCI ranking of 5th. The 27-year-old won this event in 2014 and went on to win the Vuelta a España in 2016. He has also performed very well in the Tour de France, finishing in overall second place in both 2013 and 2105. Quintana looks to be in superb form for this event, having just recently won the second stage of the Vuelta a Asturias.
- Vincenzo Nibali won the Giro d’Italia last year, and also won the event in 2013, so the Italian 32-year-old will be looking to add a third Giro success to his CV by winning the 100th edition of the tournament. With a current PCS ranking of 35, and a UCI world ranking of 34, the Italian isn’t the bookies’ favourite to win, but he certainly has the potential to do so. He won the Tour de France in 2014, and will be racing here for Bahrain Merida.
- Steven Kruijswijk achieved his first career success when winning the Arctic Race of Norway in 2014, and currently has a PCS ranking of 82 and a UCI world ranking of 59. The 29-year-old Dutchman finished the 2016 Giro d’Italia in fourth place – a result which could have been even better had he not crashed on the Colle dell’Agnello. His LottoNL-Jumbo team recently withdrew him from the Tour de Yorkshire to give him every chance of winning the 100th Giro d’Italia.
- Thibaut Pinot will be participating in the Giro d’Italia for the first time in his career this year, and will be riding for FDJ. He was third overall in the 2014 Tour de France, and won individual stages in that event in 2012 and 2015. The Frenchman won the Tour de Romandie in 2015, but ill health interrupted his career in 2016, and Pinot will be looking to make his first Giro d’Italia appearance a notable one. His PCS ranking is 62 and his UCI ranking is 40.
- Geraint Thomas is a 30-year-old Welsh cyclist who will be competing in the 100th Giro d’Italia – and co-leading with Mikel Landa – for Team Sky. Thomas is a successful cyclist on both track and road, and won gold medals for Britain in the team pursuit events in both 2008 and 2012. He won the Volta ao Algarve stage race in 2015 and 2016, the Paris-Nice race in 2016 and the Tour of the Alps in 2017. Thomas currently has a PCS ranking of 42 and a UCI world ranking of 72.
All of the cyclists highlighted above have the ability to win the Giro d’Italia (with a couple having proven the point previously), but the form and current ranking of Nairo Quintana makes him an extremely hard favourite to oppose. Should the Colombian fail in his quest to win here, Vincenzo Nibali and Steven Kruijswijk would look to be the most obvious alternatives, but Quintana has done nothing to make us question his chances, and so we will tip him to follow up his 2014 Giro success by winning the 100th edition of the event.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip – Nairo Quintana to win – 1/1 with Paddy Power
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.