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The 2023 La Vuelta started. Now with stage 3 the first proper tests in the mountains arrive as the riders head towards Andorra and its most famous ski resort for a summit finish. Below you can check all La Vuelta Stage 3 odds and also you’ll find our La Vuelta Stage 3 predictions.
La Vuelta Stage 3 Profile
The 2023 La Vuelta Stage 3 starts from Suria before entering the dwarf state of Andorra and finishing at the summit of the ski resort town of Arinsal. The stage is 158.8 km (98.7 miles) long and the starting time is 12:15 GMT. Meanwhile, the estimated finish time is 16:30 GMT.
The stage is the first proper test in the mountains for the riders and the stage winner is set to be a climber. The expectations are that the main GC contenders will battle it hard against each other as they try to test their rivals early.
The route of La Vuelta’s 3rd stage is lumpy until the riders reach the border. Once they enter Andorra there are 51 kilometres and two hard climbs to tackle. The first one is the Coll d’Ordino, an ascent of 8.9 kilometres with an average gradient of 5.1%. Time bonuses of 3, 2 and 1 seconds are awarded to the first three riders at the summit.
A 13-kilometre descent precedes the finish climb. As soon as the riders hit the valley floor the road goes up again. The climb to the line is 8.3 kilometres long and averaging 7.7%.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint – as mentioned, situated at the Ordino – comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Our Betting Tips and Predictions for La Vuelta Stage 3
With the 2023 La Vuelta now on its way, all eyes are on team Jumbo-Visma which contains the two main favourites for the overall win. However, many other riders have high aspirations and this first proper stage is an opportunity for some of those breakaway specialists to try and get a stage win.
Our Outright Prediction: Jonas Vingegaard @ 5/1 (6.00)
The 2023 Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard is the main rival of his Jumbo-Visma teammate Primoz Roglic. The two are expected to ride together for most of the stage. However, during his back-to-back Tour de France triumphs Vingegaard has shown us that he excels when the climbing gets very steep.
The final climb of stage 3 is perfect for Vingegaard’s skills and that’s why we back him to beat Roglic and everyone else to the line. That as long as there is no breakaway in front of him.
Our Each-way Prediction: Remco Evenepoel @ 1/4 (1.25)
The defending La Vuelta champion Remco Evenepoel is a gifted climber and the last thing Remco will want is to lose all hope of defending his red jersey from last year as early as stage 3. With still fresh legs we expect Evenepoel to stay in touch with the leaders all the way and try to get some bonus seconds come the finish line.
Our Dark Horse Prediction: Mikael Landa @ 65/1 (66.00)
For our dark horse to win stage 3 we pick the vastly experienced Spanish veteran Mikael Landa. Landa’s ambitions during this Vuelta are to win stages and to challenge for the poka dot jersey. He knows the final climb very well and due to that, we think if Landa is close to the lead as the riders hit the last few kilometres Landa will fancy his chances.
La Vuelta Stage 3 Odds
Now we’ve made our picks here are the odds for the top 10 favourites to win Stage 3:
Primoz Roglic 4/1 (5.00)
Jonas Vingegaard 5/1 (6.00)
Remco Evenepoel 9/1 (10.00)
Juan Ayuso 16/1 (17.00)
Lennard Kamna 18/1 (19.00)
Rein Taaramae 20/1 (21.00)
Marc Soler 22/1 (23.00)
Michael Storer 22/1 (23.00)
Filippo Zana 25/1 (26.00)
Oier Lazkano 28/1 (29.00)
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 3 odds are telling as to who are the main contenders for the stage win. All of the top 10 riders in the odds are proven climbers and this is what the coming stage will be all about.
Our dark horse pick Mikael Landa is a veteran rider that has climbed the enigmatic mountains of Andorra many times before. He is not among the favourites but if Landa finds himself in a breakaway with enough lead over the main GC riders expect him to go all out in search of the win.
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