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.
|Johan Esteban Chaves||25-1|
|Miguel Angel Lopez||100-1|
What: Tour de France 2017
When: July 1-July 23, 2017
Start Time: 6 AM ET
Where: Düsseldorf to Paris
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.