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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Judgement day for Giro d'Italia leader Simon Yates

Wout Poels and Tony Martin worth backing in match bets

Simon Yates (right) leads the Giro d'Italia
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Stage 16
Eurosport 1, from 12.20pm Tuesday

After an imperious two weeks it's judgement day for Giro d'Italia leader Simon Yates.

The British rider has amassed a healthy 2min 11sec lead in the general classification over the first two weeks of the Giro, but he knows that all his hard work will have been in vain if he cannot limit his losses in Tuesday's crucial 34km time trial.

His nearest challenger, defending champion Tom Dumoulin, is expected to gain ground and it is likely to be significantly more than a handful of seconds.

Stage 16 is made for powerhouse time-trialists and there is no finer exponent of the race against the clock at present than world TT champion Dumoulin.

He is odds-on to claim a second stage win of this year's Giro after triumphing in the opening stage in Jerusalem.

Yates put in a tremendous ride to finish only 20 seconds shy of Dumoulin on that 9.7km course, although with a relatively flat first 20km the Dutchman will hope to utilise his power to claw back more time per 10km split than that.

It is expected that he could gain from 90 seconds to two minutes on the road from Trento to Rovereto.

That, however, would not be enough to put him into the pink jersey and even if he overhauls Yates, the Briton knows he will have the upper hand when the route heads into the mountains again for three punishing stages from Thursday.

Bet365 have priced up a series of match bets for stage 16 and backing Wout Poels and Tony Martin in a double to beat their chosen opponents could pay dividends.

Poels has looked stronger as the Giro has gone on and should get the better of Luis Leon Sanchez, who he beat by 27 seconds on the way to winning the time trial at Paris-Nice.

Martin's powers may be on the wane but he is taken to see off 2015 world TT champion Vasil Kiryienka.

W Poels (4-7) & T Martin (4-7)
2pts match-bet double bet365

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The Dutchman is odds-on to claim a second stage win of this year's Giro after triumphing on the opening stage in Jerusalem
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