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The 2023 La Vuelta is about to begin and as its tradition dictates the first stage will be a Team Time Trial. Which team will give their leading rider an early edge over the others? Can Jumbo-Visma be beaten? Will it be a two-horse race between Jumbo-Visma and INEOS or a surprised dark horse could steal the stage win? Below you can check all La Vuelta Stage 1 odds and also you’ll find our La Vuelta Stage 1 predictions.
La Vuelta Stage 1 Profile
The 2023 La Vuelta starts with a team time trial that will take place on mostly flat terrain in and around Catalonia’s capital Barcelona. The stage is only 14.8 km (9.2 miles) long and the intermediate times will be taken at the 9.6-kilometre mark.
The teams start near Barcelona’s Olympic Port and traverse a quick, rather technical circuit before finishing on the Avenida de la Reina Maria Cristina at the base of Montjuïc, the iconic mountain overlooking the city.
Our Betting Tips and Predictions for La Vuelta Stage 1
With the 2023 La Vuelta about to begin all eyes are on team Jumbo-Visma which contains the two main favourites for the overall win. However, the team time trial is a great opportunity for some of the other teams to triumph. The only British team of the Vuelta INEOS Grenadier are built to attack on a time trial.
Our Outright Prediction: INEOS Grenadiers @ 6/5 (2.20)
The British team looks built to attack this team time trial and the sole purpose the Italian power-horse Filippo Ganna was brought into the team was to lead INEOS in this time trial. Ganna knows that and he already accepted his responsibility: “The team time trial is a big opportunity for us, and I know I’ll play a key role in our success,”
With proven time trial specialists like Geraint Thomas, Thymen Arensman, Laurens De Plus, and Jonathan Castroviejo around Ganna we fancy team INEOS and their chances to open the 2023 La Vuelta with a stage win.
Our Each-way Prediction: UAE Team Emirates @ 1/2 (1.50)
The team is not as strong as the top two favourites but an each-way prediction means it will pay out if the pick secures any of the top 3 spots. For that, we think UAE Team Emirates are strong enough. With proven time trialists Juan Ayuso and João Almeida on their team UAE will certainly try to stay close to the leaders as Ayuso is a contender for the red jersey.
Our Dark Horse Prediction: EF Education-EasyPost @ 100/1 (101.00)
For our dark horse to win stage 1 we pick EF Education-EasyPost. Their 100/1 (101.00) odds suggest that their chances are slim and still they have the Swiss locomotive Stefan Bissegger in their team. The rest of the team are not that strong time trialists but Bissegger is as good as Ganna is for INEOS, so who knows if he can find at least one other teammate to help him and the Vuelta might begin with a shocking result.
La Vuelta Stage 1 Odds
Now we’ve made our picks here are the odds for the top 10 favourites to win Stage 1:
Jumbo Visma 5/6 (1.83)
INEOS Grenadiers 6/5 (2.20)
UAE – Team Emirates 12/1 (13.00)
Soudal- Quickstep 16/1 (17.00)
Movistar 25/1 (26.00)
Jayco AlUla 28/1 (29.00)
BORA – hansgrohe 50/1 (51.00)
Bahrain – Victorious 100/1 (101.00)
EF Education-Easypost 100/1 (101.00)
Intermarche – Circus – Wanty 100/1 (101.00)
Our first 2 picks from above are among the top 3 favourites to win the stage and understandably so. We think that the La Vuelta Stage 1 odds are telling as to who are the main contenders for the stage win. It will take a monumental effort to beat the Jumbo-Visma train but INEOS seem to have the crew that could at least challenge.
Our dark horse pick EF Education-Easypost is a very long shot. Still, we know how Stefan Bissegger can ride, so who knows. Remember, this is the La Vuelta and as we all know anything is possible!
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