- Three-time winner Primoz Roglic (+225) is the favorite at the Vuelta a Espana 2022
- 42-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Valverde aims to leave professional cycling on a high note
The 77th edition of La Vuelta takes place from August 19 to September 11, 2022
After injuries forced him out of the 2022 Tour de France betting picks, Primoz Roglic will attempt to capture his fourth-straight Vuelta a Espana. The Slovenian champion is one of 184 riders set to compete in the Spanish Grand Tour. Which, for only the fourth time in the event’s history, begins outside of home soil in the Netherlands this Friday.
The three-week, 21-stage bicycle race will conclude in Madrid on September 11. Before we look at the latest odds for the third Grand Tour of the year, here’s where you can find all of our pro cycling betting picks.
Vuelta a Espana
|Miguel Angel Lopez||+3000|
|Tao Geoghean Hart||+4000|
Roglic set to ride
Primoz Roglic (+225) is snakebit at The Tour de France. After faltering in the penultimate stage of the 2020 event and costing himself the win, the Slovenian was forced to abandon the race in each of the last two years. The 32-year-old has enjoyed much more success in Spain, winning the Vuelta a Espana three years in a row. He also claimed Paris-Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné earlier this season.
However, it’s fair to wonder if the Jumbo-Visma rider was able to properly prepare for this year’s race after suffering multiple major injuries in a stage 5 crash at the Tour just last month.
Is Primož Roglič unbeatable at @lavuelta? 🤔
Relive this magnificent performance in one of the toughest stages of last year's edition of La Vuelta 💥 pic.twitter.com/A8DO5UZekh
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) August 16, 2022
Top La Vuelta contenders
Remco Evenepoel (+550) is entering La Vuelta in peak condition after riding to a commanding victory at last month’s Clásica San Sebastián. In each of his five time trials this year, the 22-year-old Belgian has placed first or second. That will certainly serve him well in stage ten’s 19.3 mile TT from Elche to Alicante. But, with only one career Grand Tour under his belt, the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider may lack the necessary experience to ride to victory.
Jai Hindley (+700) could become just the fourth rider in history to achieve the Giro d’Italia/Vuelta double. And the first since Alberto Contador in 2008. While the 26-year-old Australian has the climbing ability to flourish in the Spanish mountains, it’s hard to tell what form he’s currently in. After securing his first-ever Grand Tour win back in May, Hindley took two months off from racing. He then DNF’d at the Clásica San Sebastián and finished seventh overall the Vuelta a Burgos.
Remco Evenepoel is a winner, he’s a killer, but his Vuelta a España hopes are a mystery, says team boss Patrick Lefevere:https://t.co/Fxua6dgc6U
— VeloNews (@velonews) August 13, 2022
Joao Almeida (+1200) has yet to win a Grand Tour stage, but the 24-year-old was in contention at this year’s Giro d’Italia before being forced to withdraw on stage 19 after a positive Covid-19 test. Most recently, the Portuguese national champion finished in second at the Vuelta a Burgos, demonstrating his climbing capabilities with a stage five win.
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