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The 2023 La Vuelta started. Now with Stage 7 another day for the sprinters seems to be on the menu. This is officially the flattest stage of this year’s Vuelta with not much of a lump on the road for the final 100 km, so can Groves make it a hat-trick of wins in week 1? Below you can check all La Vuelta Stage 7 odds and also you’ll find our La Vuelta Stage 7 predictions.
La Vuelta Stage 7 Profile
The 2023 La Vuelta Stage 7 starts at Utiel and after a lumpy beginning all flattens out on the run toward the finish line in Oliva. A fast stage and a sprint finish seem likely. The stage is 200.8 km (124.8 miles) long and the starting time is 11:50 GMT. Meanwhile, the estimated finish time is 16:30 GMT.
Stage 7 takes place in the Valencia province and for large parts travels right next to the Mediterranian coast so a side wind could be a factor. The riders start at the wine-making regional town of Utiel and travel west to east for the entire day.
The first part of the route is lumpy. And while the riders are approaching Valencia city the terrain gets flat and flatter. The finishing venue Oliva is situated 80 kilometres out of Valencia on the Mediterranean coast.
A sprint finish is next to certain, as the last 100 kilometres run along the coast and are as flat as can be.
Our Betting Tips and Predictions for La Vuelta Stage 7
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 @ 8/11 (1.73)
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 and 5 wins. 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, this already seems unlikely, 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: Dorian Godon @ 125/1 (126.00)
For our dark horse to win stage 7 we select the French rider Dorian Godon. The AG2R rider is not a threat for any classification, so if an early breakaway somehow finds a way to stay ahead of the pack and Godon is in it he would fancy his chances.
Godon is a good time trialist so he can keep pace on the flat final run-in. Still, can someone possibly do that for 100km?
La Vuelta Stage 7 Odds
Now we’ve made our picks here are the odds for the top 10 favourites to win Stage 7:
Kaden Groves 8/11 (1.73)
Filippo Ganna 7/1 (8.00)
Alberto Dainese 8/1 (9.00)
Juan Sebastian Molano 9/1 (10.00)
Marijn Van Den Berg 11/1 (12.00)
Edward Theuns 20/1 (21.00)
Dries Van Gestel 33/1 (34.00)
Milan Menten 33/1 (34.00)
Ivan Garcia Cortina 40/1 (41.00)
Rune Herregodts 40/1 (41.00)
Our first 2 picks from above are among the top 3 favourites according to the bookies and this only comes to cement our belief that the Stage 7 winner will be decided between Groves and Dainese.
Our dark horse pick Godon is not among the top 10 riders expected to battle for the win. However, most of those are sprinters and for Godon to win a breakaway needs to succeed so this explains why he is not on this list. Of course, as we said above the chances of a breakaway being successful are very slim.
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