Cycling Odds - 2017 Tour de France Preview


The 2017 edition of the Tour de France is expected to be one of the more competitive races we've had in recent years. There are a couple overwhelming favorites to win this event, but unlike in some of the most recent years, there are a few different men who are going to be expected to challenge for the yellow jersey.

Tour de France will begin on Saturday, July 1, 2017 and continue through the final stage on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Live racing will be seen on the NBC family of networks.

Tour de France Odds at

Chris Froome +137

Richie Porte +187

Nairo Quintana +700

Alberto Contador +1400

Jakob Fuglsang +1400

Alejandro Valverde +1600

Romain Bardet +1800

Fabio Aru +2200

Johan Esteban Chaves +3300

Tom Dumoulin +4000

Adam Yates +5000

Louis Meintjes +5000

Vincenzo Nibali +5000

Thibaut Pinot +6600

Daniel Martin +8000

Ilnur Zakarin +8000

Rafal Majka +8000

Simon Yates +8000

The Tour de France this year has Chris Froome, Richie Porte and the rest of the field. There are going to be around 180 others who will meet in Dusseldorf at the start of the Tour de France, yet these are the two who are expected to be battling at the end.

Froome, who has won three of the last four editions of the Tour de France, is the +137 favorite, while Richie Porte is set at +187. There isn't another racer who is set at better than 7 to 1, and Nairo Quintana is the only other one who is set at better than 14 to 1. There are only 10 riders who are set at better than 50 to 1 and 18 who have better odds than 100 to 1.

Key Stage

The La Planche des Belles Filles is going to be the first major climb of the Tour de France. This is a place where Tour de Frances are generally won and lost, and it's clear that it's going to take a tremendous contender to ultimately win these stages. This summit comes in just the fifth stage of the Tour de France, but this could be when the yellow jersey changes hands for the final time. It would be early in the Tour for that to happen, but this is where Froome effectively won the Tour de France in 2012 and could be where he effectively does it again in 2017.

Key Factor

Froome is the deserving favorite to win the Tour de France, but he ultimately hasn't been in good form in 2017. Furthermore, his team, Team Sky is easily the most hated in France. There isn't really such a thing as a "home field advantage" in the Tour de France, especially knowing that there hasn't been a Frenchman win this event since 1985. But Froome had a cup of urine thrown on him by the French supporters in 2015. He won the Tour de France anyway in spite of that, but this isn't going to be any easier this year, especially with a potential doping scandal surrounding the most dominant team in the sport.

Free Picks

Froome is a scary selection here at a relatively short price at +137. Meanwhile, we don't think we can ultimately back Porte at a price of +187 either even though he's largely being considered as one of the top contenders in this race.

Instead, we're going to go with the third choice in Nairo Quintana. Quintana has never won the Tour de France, but he has historically ridden well in the French mountains. Sure, he just ran in the Giro d'Italia, and that could end up being a problem, but we still think he's got some great value going into the Tour de France.

Tour de France Odds: Nairo Quintana ( +700 )

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