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The 2023 La Vuelta started. Now with Stage 5 second consecutive chance for a sprint finish must be exciting the fastest riders. The hilly early phase of the stage could give a breakaway a chance too, so it will be interesting to see what will transpire. Below you can check all La Vuelta Stage 5 odds and also you’ll find our La Vuelta Stage 5 predictions.
La Vuelta Stage 5 Profile
The 2023 La Vuelta Stage 5 starts at Morella and follows a hilly terrain with a downhill and a flat final 50km towards the finish line in Burriana. A fast stage and a sprint finish seem likely. The stage is 186.2 km (115.7 miles) long and the starting time is 11:50 GMT. Meanwhile, the estimated finish time is 16:30 GMT.
The riders begin the day with two undemanding uncategorized climbs in the early stages. Attacks from bidding breakaway groups can be expected but the long downhills that follow each climb should allow the teams of the sprinters to keep the gaps at manageable levels.
The crucial climb for any breakaway to be successful is the only categorized one of the stage. Collado de la Ibola is an 11.4-kilometre climb with an average gradient of 3.9%. The statistic is biased though, since the road goes slightly downhill in the village Ain only to continue a lot steeper in the last 5 kilometres.
More than 53 kilometres are remaining after the Collado de la Ibola. Most of that is downhill or flat. So, it seems the teams of the sprinters should have enough time to close a gap of up to 6-7 minutes to any breakaway and we think this will come in the end to another sprint finish.
Our Betting Tips and Predictions for La Vuelta Stage 5
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: Kaden Groves @ 10/11 (1.91)
There is a reason why Kaden Groves is a red-hot favourite to win the green jersey of this year’s La Vuelta. He is by far the fastest sprinter to take part in this year’s race and he has a team that can support him very well. He already proved that with his Stage 4 win. With so few stages of the tour giving chance to the sprinters Groves will be hungry for more.
Our Each-way Prediction: Alberto Dainese @ 1/4 (1.25)
If there is a sprinter that can steal the green jersey from Groves it will be the powerful Italian Alberto Dianese. His ability to accelerate near the finish line always makes him a contender in a sprint finish and even if he doesn’t win we can see him securing a top 3 position, which is why he is our each-way pick.
Our Dark Horse Prediction: Thomas De Gendt @ 56/1 (57.00)
For our dark horse to win stage 5 we select the Belgian road specialist Thomas de Gendt. The Lotto DSTNY leader is a pretty good climber and a very good pacer on a flat terrain. If De Gendt is to join a breakaway and holds a few-minute lead come the final 10 km he is one of the few riders that could stay in front of the peloton. That’s why we back De Gendt as our dark horse winner.
La Vuelta Stage 5 Odds
Now we’ve made our picks here are the odds for the top 10 favourites to win Stage 5:
Kaden Groves 10/11 (1.91)
Alberto Dainese 8/1 (9.00)
Juan S Molano 8/1 (9.00)
Marijn Van Den Berg 8/1 (9.00)
Bryan Coquard 20/1 (21.00)
Edward Theuns 22/1 (23.00)
Hugo Page 25/1 (26.00)
Ivan Garcia Cortina 25/1 (26.00)
Milan Menten 25/1 (26.00)
Andrea Vendrame 50/1 (51.00)
Our first 2 picks from above are the top 2 favourites according to the bookies and this only comes to cement our belief that the Stage 5 winner will be decided between Groves and Dainese.
Our dark horse pick De Gendt is not among the top 10 riders expected to battle for the win. However, most of those are sprinters and for De Gendt to win a breakaway needs to succeed so this explains why he is not on this list.
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