Giro d'Italia Stage 12 Betting Tips: Cuneo - Pinerolo (146KM)

Ian O'Sullivan

Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:24 AM UTC

Thursday, May. 23, 2019 7:24 AM UTC

Ian O'Sullivan @CyclingBetting takes us through the Giro d'Italia Stage 11 route through Cuneo, Pinerolo and offers his best tips 

<div><h2><strong>Giro d'Italia St 12</strong></h2><p><strong>Cuneo - Pinerolo</strong></p><p><strong>Thurs 23rd May, 146kms</strong></p><p>After two dead flat and boring stages, stage 12 is also pretty flat for the vast majority of it, but the profile is punctuated by the first Category 1 climb of the race, the Mentoso that rises up out of the ground and shoots up to 1248 metres with just 32kms to go.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="" style="width:600px;height:235px" /></p><p>It's a tough climb that averages 9.4% for the total distance of 8.9kms. The finish will be interesting too - they will have had a sighter of the 'wall' first time through with 70kms to go, but on the final run they climb the paved/cobbled street and then dive down for a kilometre towards the final kilometre and through the twisty finish</p><h2><strong>Contenders</strong></h2><p>This is going to be an interesting stage after two dead flat stages. A lumpy, wavy profile for almost 120kms, then the kick up over the Mentoso, followed by that very tricky finish. It looks like a stage where we should see the breakaway men come out to play again, and maybe even some who have been saving themselves for a day like this. There is the first Cat 1 climb of the race here after all, and the 40pts on offer for that can instantly catapult a rider to the top of the KOM standings, should Ciccone not take sufficient points of course.</p><p>It's highly likely that <strong>Giulio Ciccone</strong> will be in the break again, he will be very interested in taking that 40pts to extend his lead in the KOM competition. He has mixed results on big climbs like this though, some good, some not so good.. If he gets in the break he will be trying his utmost to get to the top first, and if there are a few good climbers with him, he might find one or two too good for him. Also, that's a tough finish, will he still have the legs for that final kick if he has some explosive guys with him?</p><p>He was very nervous about the fact <strong>Thomas De Gendt</strong> was on his shoulder on Saturday and looking like he was keen on the KOM points. This is more like a kind of stage that he might fancy though, he's been just warming up and training up until now. With Ewan gone home, he's a free man now to go on the attack.</p><p>I wouldn't be surprised to see him attack on the descent of the climb, or a few kilometres before they enter the finish town. There could be a lot of tired legs in the break and he could just ride them all off his wheel. He's worth a small bet at 18/1.</p><p><strong>Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec</strong> will have a man in the break, and based on his win on the first stage of the Vuelta a Burgos last year, <strong>Francesco Gavazzi</strong> will like this finish - that too had a cobbled climb to the finish for the last kilometre, averaging 5.1%. He totally dominated the last 500m, he was flying that day. If he is in the break and comes to the final climb with those legs, not a lot will be able to go with him. At 100/1 we have to have a bit of that.</p><p><strong>Ion Izagirre</strong> is an interesting possibility too - with he being 16'30" down he might be let go in the break. If Izagirre gets in the break he'll have a big chance, either by dropping a lot of the others on the big climb, or attacking away on the short, punchy hill. He’s just 18/1 but that still is just about ok I think, I'd kick myself it he wins and we turned down 18/1.</p><p><strong>Diego Ulissi</strong> could be another of those double-chance shots, he might try to get in the break and he could also win from a reduced sprint, but as long as Conti is in pink, he's not going to be allowed up the road. 14/1 is short but he gives us a few chances of a win and would be the best sprinter in a reduced peloton.</p><p>So, a few break candidates who might give us a bit of excitement, hopefully a few of them will make it all the way to the finish for us.</p><h2><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Cycling Betting Odds"><strong>Best Bets: </strong>All with Bet365</a></h2><p><em><strong>0.5pts e/w on Diego Ulissi at 14/1</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>0.5pts e/w on Ion Izagirre at 18/1</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>0.5pts e/w on Thomas de Gendt at 18/1</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>0.25pts e/w on Francesco Gavazzi at 100/1</strong></em></p><p> </p></div>
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