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10. Giulio Pellizzari (500,000 euros)

We start with the cheapest category. Giulio Pellizzari finished second in the Tour de l’Avenir last year behind the Mexican super talent Isaac Del Toro and ahead of riders such as Jan Christen and Matthew Riccitello. This year, the twenty-year-old Italian will also make an appearance among the seniors.

Riccitello recently finished eighth in the final classification of the Tour of the Alps. Well ahead of Juan Pédro Lopez, but also far ahead of Geraint Thomas, Hugh Carthy and Tobias Foss. Are you looking for a cheap and strong climber? Then you click this man from VF Group – Bardiani CSF – Faizanè into your team.


Tour de l’Avenir | Pellizzari wins the last stage, Del Toro takes the rankings

9. Max Kanter (1,000,000 euros)

Max Kanter has never been a scoring winner at Scorito, but his price makes the German an interesting pick this edition. Kanter switched from Movistar to Astana in the winter and already participated well in the Tour Down Under at the beginning of the year.

The 26-year-old sprinter has also finally known for a month what it is like to win in the pros. Kanter outpaced everyone in the second stage of the Tour of Turkey and recorded his first victory of his career. Can the cheap Astana asset continue this form in Italy?


Tour of Turkey | Kanter wins stage 2

8. Tobias Lund Andresen (500,000 euros)

There are many top sprinters at the start in this Giro and you can choose to throw Fabio Jakobsen into your team. If you don’t, we have a nice option for you. His lead-out at DSM, Tobias Lund Andresen, can be picked up for 500,000 euros and the young Dane himself is also fast, as he showed in the Tour of Turkey.

Despite the presence of Jakobsen, Andresen won no fewer than three stages! In stage five the duo also achieved an impressive one-two. Andresen can therefore both score team points with a victory for Jakobsen and score big points himself with his final shot. No brainer?


Tour of Turkey | Does Jakobsen leave the win to quick Andresen? Teammate scores two in a row

7. Valentin Paret-Peintre (750,000 euros)

Many riders chose the Tour of the Alps as preparation for the Giro, including Valentin Paret-Peintre. The Decathlon-AG2R climber finished fourth in the rankings and was at the front every day. Paret-Peintre may fall short of a classification, but can definitely hunt for stages.

Last year he finished fifth in the Giro in the stage to Crans-Montana. This year he seems to have taken a step, enough for a stage win? You can also choose his older brother, who finished fifth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Aurélien is also a good climber and has more experience, but is 250,000 euros more expensive.


Giro d’Italia | Valentin Paret-Peintre (and AG2R) celebrates stage victory from brother Aurélien on the final climb

6. Andrea Vendrame (1,000,000 euros)

We will stay with Decathlon-AG2R for a while, because Andrea Vendrame can easily become the difference maker in this Giro d’Italia. The fast Italian achieved more than 100 points in the Scorito game in four of his last five Grand Tours. Vendrame is also in good shape.

The sprinter finished second twice in the latest Tour de Romandie and previously also showed up in the Tirreno-Adriatico. Vendrame likes to climb, sprint and attack, but that’s exactly the problem. When do you set him up, will he sprint or will he focus entirely on winning from the attack? Gambling can always be rewarded at Vendrame.


Giro d’Italia | Andrea Vendrame strongest escapee in tough mountain stage

5. Juan Sebastián Molano (2,500,000 euros)

Juan Sebastián Molano often acted as a lead-out during his career, but in recent years he has increasingly been allowed to take his own chances. This resulted, among other things, in the stage victory last year during the twelfth stage of the Vuelta a España, to Zaragoza. Molano defeated Kaden Groves and Boy van Poppel there.

Molano is not yet in top form this season, but there is another important reason why you should still consider the Colombian. Molano is a teammate of Tadej Pogacar. When the Slovenian takes a stage win or rides in one of the leader’s jerseys, Molano scores team points. If he can also occasionally be found in the top 10, it will soon be a golden move.


Tour of Guangxi | Molano beats Kooij in the sprint – Milan Vader retains leader’s jersey

4. Filippo Zana (750,000 euros)

Taking Italians along during the Giro is often a good idea and that is why we also mention former Italian champion Filippo Zana in this list. The 25-year-old climber from Jayco-AlUla is having a steady season with a ninth place in Strade Bianche and a good final stage in the Tour of the Alps.

Zana has Eddie Dunbar and Luke Plapp in his team, but also seems to have room to look for day success. As a freebooter, Zana won the tough stage to Val di Zoldo last year. Earlier that Giro he also finished third in Fossombrone. In a round where Pogacar may give away the stage win a number of times, Zana sits in the front row to unwrap those presents.


Giro d’Italia | Filippo Zana beats Thibaut Pinot to win stage 18

3. Danny van Poppel (1,000,000 euros)

We already have a lead-out in place 8, but we will go over that again here. Danny van Poppel has to help Sam Welsford get champagne, but in the Tour of Turkey that collaboration turned out to be anything but smooth. Welsford seemed almost afraid of the Dutchman’s rear wheel and that allowed Van Poppel to take his own chance several times.

The BORA rider even won a stage, but was disqualified because he deviated too much from his line. A day later, Van Poppel came second behind Lund Andresen. With a number of difficult sprint stages and the lack of form at Welsford, it is not inconceivable that the son of sprint legend Jean-Paul can often go for his own chance this Giro.


Tour of Turkey | Van Poppel wins stage 3

2. Florian Lipowitz (500,000 euros)

Out of nowhere, 23-year-old Florian Lipowitz ended up on the podium of the Tour de Romandie in April. The German from BORA is in his second full season as a professional and impressed in Switzerland by leaving behind Juan Ayuso, Enric Mas, Richard Carapaz and Egan Bernal in the final rankings.

In his first Giro, Lipowitz normally has to ride in the service of leader Daniel Felipe Martinez, but the former biathlete will probably also be able to take his own chances in the Italian mountains. For only 500,000 euros, the risk is also quite small. Low risk, high reward with this talented German?


Tour de Romandie | Carapaz has just enough left for victory, Rodriguez new leader

1. Laurence Pithie (2,000,000 euros)

We end the list with a rider who has never ridden a grand tour. The second most expensive rider of the ten, but also the rider we expect the most from. Laurence Pithie has been good all year. The man from New Zealand sprinted to top finishes in the Tour Down Under, almost won a stage in Paris-Nice and finished seventh in Paris-Roubaix.

The 21-year-old talent is more than a sprinter. He can show that in the first Giro of his young professional career. Pithie does not have to be afraid of the big sprint guns and can also survive a tougher ride. It is always a risk to choose a young rider during his first Grand Tour, but if it is a success, Pithie will also be a success.


Great Ocean Road Race | 21-year-old Laurence Pithie takes his first major victory, Bauke Mollema close


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