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2017 Tour de France Odds & Picks

2017 Tour de France Odds & Picks

With the 2017 Tour de France getting underway on Saturday, July 1, bicyclists and bicycle betting enthusiasts will be in all their glory.

Better yet, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in with a potentially winning wager thanks to my expert betting breakdown on four riders that could find themselves standing in the winner’s circle following the conclusion of the world’s biggest and most coveted bicycle race.

Tour de France Odds & Picks

Running from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 23rd, the 104th Tour de France is be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,540 kilometers.

Odds To Win Tour De France
RIDER ODDS
Chris Froome 5-6
Richie Porte 7-2
Nairo Quintana 8-1
Alberto Contador 9-1
Romain Bardet 15-1
Alejandro Valverde 15-1
Adam Yates 25-1
Johan Esteban Chaves 25-1
Fabio Aru 40-1
Simon Yates 40-1
Vincenzo Nibali 50-1
Tom Dumoulin 60-1
Ilnur Zakarin 60-1
Thibaut Pinot 80-1
Rafal Majka 100-1
Louis Meintjes 100-1
Miguel Angel Lopez 100-1
Bauke Mollema 125-1
Julian Alaphilippe 125-1
Jakob Fuglsang 150-1
Daniel Martin 150-1

What: Tour de France 2017
When: July 1-July 23, 2017
Start Time: 6 AM ET  
Where: Düsseldorf to Paris
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

The Las Vegas Oddsmakers’ Pick To Win The Tour de France: Chris Froome 6/4

Froome has won each of the last two Tour de France races and three of four overall. However, the 2017 edition is expected to be Froome’s most challenging Le Tour appearance since becoming the leader of the UK’s Team Sky. The 32-year-old Froome is winless on the year and finished fourth in the Criterium du Dauphine where his climbing skills looked rusty at best. Froome is the favorite, but he’ll be challenged this year more than ever.

The Smart Pick To Win: Richie Porte 2/1

For me, Richie Porte is the smart pick to win the 2017 Tour de France seeing as how the Tasmianian won the Tour Down Under in January and Tour de Romandie in April while finishing second at the Criterium du Dauphine after getting caught by Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang late.

Reports say that the 32-year-old Porte has generally looked like the best climber in the world this year and his confidence has to be very high right now. If Porte’s BMC Racing teammates really show up to give him the support he needs, there’s no doubt that Porte could beat Froome to claim his first Tour de France crown.

The Value Pick To Win The Tour de France: Alberto Contador 18/1

34-year-old veteran Alberto Contador won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009 and enters the 2017 edition in fantastic form after finishing second in Paris-Nice, second in Vuelta a Andalucia, second at the Volta a Catalunya and second at the Tour of the Basque Country. Contador is with a new team this season (Trek-Segafredo) and is surrounded with several talented teammates that include a pair of top 20 finishers in Bauke Mollema and Jarlinson Pantano. While he’s no longer the favorite or even the second fave, Contador is offering great value as an 18/1 pick, especially seeing how well he’s ridden this year.

The Longshot Pick: Marcel Kittel 1000/1

29-year-old German, Marcel Kittel is arguably the best racer in the world today and he won the Dubai Tour back in late January. While Kittel has been inconsistent at best since then, he does have five stage wins at five different races this year and that means he should at least have a shot of pulling off the huge upset. Besides, at 1000/1 odds if Kittel does pull off the ‘miracle’ win, the return you’re getting on this longshot is mind-boggling.

2017 Wimbledon ATP Odds & Picks

2017 Wimbledon ATP Odds & Picks

Can Anyone Stop Roger Federer at Wimbledon?

He rested while Rafa rolled.

He prepared while Djokovic collapsed.

He, above all others, is the prohibitive favorite to win the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. If you don’t know who ‘he’ is by now, then it’s none other than the incomparable Roger Federer.

With the World No. 5 fully healthy, fully rested and playing some of the best tennis of his career, the big question heading into the ATP portion of the 2017 Wimbledon Championship is whether or not anyone in the field can stop the beloved Federer from making more tennis history.

What: Wimbledon 2017
When: July 3-16, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 AM ET  
Where: London, UK
Stadium: All England Lawn Tennis
Stream: Watch ESPN

If you want to know whether Fed can continue his amazing run to cash in on his championships odds or which title contenders could pull off the upset, let’s find out now.

2017 Men’s Wimbledon Odds & Picks

  • R Federer 9/4
  • A Murray 4/1
  • R Nadal 4/1
  • N Djokovic 6/1
  • M Raonic 18/1
  • M Cilic 20/1
  • A Zverev 22/1
  • N Kyrgios 25/1
  • G Dimitrov 25/1
  • S Wawrinka 33/1
  • JM Del Potro 33/1
  • D Thiem 33/1
  • J-W Tsonga 66/1
  • F Lopez 80/1
  • K Nishikori 80/1
  • T Berdych 100/1
  • L Pouille 100/1
  • G Muller 100/1

The Las Vegas Oddsmaker’s Pick To Win Wimbledon: Roger Federer 9/4

Federer is 24-2 on the year with four titles including the 2017 Australian Open. Fed won coveted Masters 1000 events at Indian Wells and Miami and enters Wimbledon fresh off his ninth career win at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. The all-time grand slam leader in ATP Tour history is well-rested after sitting out the French Open in anticipation of Wimbledon. Right now, it looks like all roads to the 2017 Wimbly title will go through Roger Federer.

"I’m mentally fresh again," Federer recently told reporters. "And I’m used to match play."

The Sharp Pick To Win Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic 6/1

I know you may be thinking that the World No. 4 is not a smart pick to win at Wimbledon – or anywhere else these days – but I’m going the other way with my pick on Djokovic, meaning I believe he’s due to snap out of the funk he’s been in for the better part of the last year at some point in the near future. While Djokovic is just 24-7 on the year with one title, I’m thinking everyone needs to remember just how talented the former World No. 1 actually is. He may not look like a smart pick right now, but if he pulls off the ‘upset’ to win the 2017 title at Wimbledon, you’ll be kicking yourself for not placing a wager on the Djoker.

The Value Pick To Win Wimbledon: Alexander Zverev 22/1

While the World No. 12 lost to Federer in the finals at Halle this past weekend, the 6-foot-6-inch 20-year-old is a blossoming superstar that has all the gifts and skills it takes to become a future World No. 1. Zverev is 33-12 on the year with three titles and has beaten Novak Djokovic twice this year including en route to the title at Rome. I love the value that Zverev is offering as a 22/1 pick and you should too.

The Longshot Pick: Alexander Dolgopolov 200/1

I know that Alexandr has fallen all the way to No. 84 in the ATP Tour world rankings, but the fact of the matter is that the underachieving Ukraine has all the tools – and shots – to beat any player in the world on any given day. Sure, Dolgopolov is just 11-11 on the year, but he did win the title at the Argentina Open by beating world No. 9 Kei Nishikori in the finals. Dolgopolov may be a whopping 200/1 longshot, but isn’t that just what a longshot is supposed to look like?

2017 Wimbledon WTA Odds & Picks

2017 Wimbledon WTA Odds & Picks

The inimitable Serena Williams sat out at Roland Garros because of her current state of pregnancy. The 2017 French Open not only survived but was one of the most exciting in recent memory as it produced a bunch of knock-down, drag-out matches – and one seriously unexpected first-time major winner.

Now, with the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament set to get underway in earnest in a mere matter of days, it’s time to find out who some of the top contenders to cash in on their Wimbledon Championship odds are. Thanks to my expert analysis on the favorite, the ‘smart’ pick and both, my top value and longshot picks, you’re going to have an excellent idea of which players you may want to place a wager on to win the WTA portion of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

Women’s Wimbledon Odds & Picks

  • P Kvitova 5/1
  • Ka Pliskova 11/2
  • G Muguruza 12/1
  • J Konta 12/1
  • A Kerber 14/1
  • V Azarenka 14/1
  • V Williams 14/1
  • J Ostapenko 16/1
  • S Halep 18/1
  • C Vandeweghe 20/1
  • M Keys 22/1
  • E Svitolina 25/1
  • K Mladenovic 25/1
  • C Wozniacki 33/1
  • A Barty 33/1
  • A Radwanska 40/1
  • E Vesnina 50/1

What: Wimbledon 2017
When: July 3-16, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 AM ET  
Where: London, UK
Stadium: All England Lawn Tennis
Stream: Watch ESPN

The Las Vegas Oddsmakers Pick To Win Wimbledon: Petra Kvitova 5/1

The World No. 12 and two-time winner at Wimbledon (2011, 2014) has been installed as the prohibitive favorite to win the 2017 version of Wimbledon after on grass at Birmingham last week, but I’m going to urge you to use some caution when betting on the Czech Republic star as she’s only got seven matches (601) under her belt this year after getting injured in a home invasion robbery. Another reason to possibly avoid betting on the favorite is that she pulled out of Eastbourne this week with an apparent abdominal injury.

The Sharp Pick To Win Wimbledon: Karolina Pliskova 11/2

For me, the 25-year-old World No. 3 is offering great value in her quest to bag her first grand slam title. Pliskova is a fantastic 32-9 on the year with two titles while reaching the semis at Miami and Indian Wells. Pliskova moves well and has both, a huge serve and forehand that are perfect for the fast grass at Wimbledon. If you didn’t know before, you should now. Outside of Serena Williams, there isn’t a player on the planet that Karolina Pliskova can’t beat when she’s at her very best.

The Public Pick To Win Wimbledon: Venus Williams 14/1

While the World No. 11 hasn’t bagged a title this year, but clearly, Venus Williams is playing solid tennis in going 20-7 and reaching the finals at the Australian open opposite sister Serena. More importantly, Williams knows how to play on grass courts and has bagged an impressive five Wimbledon titles in her sure-fire Hall of Fame career (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008). While it’s been eight years since she reigned at the All-England Club, I’m thinking that if Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer can both turn back the hands of time this year, I see no reason why Venus Williams can’t really challenge for this year’s title, especially with her famous sibling out.

The Longshot Pick To Win Wimbledon: Jelena Ostapenko 16/1

Hard-hitting 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko is fresh off the biggest win of her young career after stunning the field to win the 2017 French Open. Along the way, the now, World No. 14 beat veterans Monica Puig, Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, Timea Bacsinszky and World No. 3 Simona Halep in the finals.

The big question right now is whether or not Ostapenko will suffer an emotional letdown at Wimbledon, but I suspect not, seeing as how she’s already gone on record to say that he favorite surface is grass. The hard-hitting Latvian won the junior title in 2014 and will have a newfound confidence entering this year’s tournament that I believe makes her dangerous with a capital ‘D.’