iBet: Tour de France favourites
Tour De France, Points Classification
Back Matthew Goss each way at (8/1)
There has been a wholesale gamble on Bradley Wiggins to win the Tour De France, as everything has fallen into place for the British Team Sky rider. From 14-1 in the winter, Wiggins is now the best priced 5/4 favourite. Not only is he in great form, winning three of the five races in the build-up. But the time-trial-heavy route massively favours him over the climbers and the form of his main rival, defending champion and 9/4 second favourite Cadel Evans has been sketchy. Wiggins beat Evans by nearly a minute and a half in the recent Dauphine time trial and his team showed its strength by putting two other riders in the top four. Wiggins crashed out last year when fancied, and none of the riders who finished in front of him in 2009 (when he was fourth) are competing. Neither of the top two in the betting are any value but it’s hard to back against them with time trials so prominent.
Team Sky will be fully focused on helping Wiggins win outright and that will surely hinder their sprinter Mark Cavendish, who is best priced 5-1 to retain his green jersey and might even drop out early to concentrate on the Olympics. Slovak Peter Sagan is best priced 8/13 favourite in this Points Classification market at the time of writing. He looks impressive but it’s his first tour, and with some firms paying the top three each way (check out Oddschecker.com) , there could be value in getting with Matthew Goss at 8/1.
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