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As we approach the 105th edition of the Giro d’Italia, there’s a lot to be excited about. This prestigious race is the first of the Grand Tours which comprise the UCI World Tour. The other races, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espagna follow later in the year.

With nearly 51,000 meters of climbing, the race is set to be a tough event. The Giro d’Italia is popular among cycling fans and bettors. Speculation on winners and favorites is lively already with ample opportunities for betting and free bets. For first time bettors, free bets are a great way of potentially winning some money without committing to spending money.

The Giro will take place between the 6 to 29 May 2022 and covers 3,4010.3 km over 21 stages.  With lockdown restrictions easing, there’ll be ample scope for local and international spectators and supporters to enjoy the dramatic stages of the Giro. The Hungarian city of Budapest, set to host the Giro in 2019 and postponed due to the pandemic, is proud and thrilled to be host city to the prestigious event this May. The race starts in Budapest and will include 3 stages in Hungary with the other 18 in Italy, culminating in a finish in Verona.

What type of wagers are on offer for the Giro d’Italia?

There’s a variety of wagering opportunities for the Giro d’Italia. With the coloured jerseys, the system is fun and easy to follow. The most popular bets available are:

  • Pink Jersey winner. The overall leader gets the pink jersey and the winner who is wearing it at the end is the Giro winner.
  • Blue Jersey – King of the Mountain. The blue jersey is given to the strongest hill climber who gets the most points on the steep climbs in the mountains.
  • Red Jersey – Points qualification. It goes to the cyclist who gets the most points after a stage once the Giro is completed.
  • White Jersey – This award goes to any rider under the age of 25 who has the best overall race time throughout the race and at the end.
  • Stage Winner – Bets can be placed on who will win the various stages.
  • Team Winners – This bet is for the best team throughout the Giro race.
  • Future Bets – wagers for future races like the Tour de France and the next year’s Giro d’Italia.

 

Can a cyclist win two jerseys?

Yes, a cyclist can win two categories. If this happens he wears the most prestigious jersey and discards the other jersey, which then goes to the cyclist who wins second place.

 

Betting Odds

The bookmakers compile lists of 10 – 20 cyclists and their odds on winning most of the various categories. It’s also worth researching the cyclists you’re thinking about betting on and checking out their strengths, past successes and weaknesses. The weather is a major factor worth considering. Professional bookmakers and cycling websites usually provide helpful information and advice for wagering on the Giro d’Italia. Social media pages are often a good source of information.

 

 

 

 


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