I’ve already covered the favorites for the General Classification and the Points Classification for the upcoming Giro d’Italia (May 5th-28th), but what about the riders who have slipped under the radar?
Their odds may be long and their chances slim, but that’s where the money is!
We’ve already met Goliath, now let’s introduce you to David. Here’s a look at some of the dark horses in the 2017 Giro d’Italia.
2017 Giro d’Italia Dark Horse Odds
Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale): 65/1
Pozzovivo has finished in the top ten quite a few times at the Grand Tours, but has never really threatened the top spot. The diminutive climber is phenomenal in the mountains but lacks the well-roundedness to compete with the best.
Still, he’ll fight for the pink jersey at the Giro, and who knows, maybe this will be his year.
Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors): 80/1
Quick-Step Floors may be better-known as a sprinters’ team, but they have a fierce GC contender in Bob Jungels. The 26-year-old finished an impressive sixth last year, along with winning the Young rider classification (a classification restricted to those under the age of 25).
The team’s focus will be on sprinter Fernando Gaviria, but in the final week of the Giro, look out for Jungels!
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing): 100/1
Tejay Van Garderen and Richie Porte are locked in a fight for the head role at BMC Racing. Van Garderen has shown himself to be a talented rider, but he has a tendency to choke and generally underperform at long stage races. So along came Porte from Team Sky to take over the BMC leadership.
But there’s only one problem: Porte is also known to choke and underperform at the Grand Tours.
Van Garderen will lead BMC at the Giro, but if he chokes, who will step up to take his place?
Enter Rohan Dennis, the Australian time trial champion. He’s not generally thought of as a GC contender, but with a little luck and a spectacular time trial, he could be one of the guys to watch out for.
Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal): 150/1
Adam Hansen seems to be a permanent fixture in the Grand Tour start-list. Since 2012, he has competed in all three Grand Tours. No other cyclist in the peloton comes even close to that.
It’s not a Grand Tour without a breakaway from Adam Hansen. He’s never come close to winning, but he’s always there giving it his best shot.
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