How the Bookies See It
|Tour de France Winner||
|Number of Riders to Wear Yellow Jersey||
4 or more
3 or less
- Chris Froome first won the Tour de France in 2013, and then went on to repeat the feat in 2015 and 2016. His success in this event in 2016 made him the first man to win the Tour de France two years in a row since Miguel Indurain did the same in 1992. Indurain went on to win the race again in 1993, 1994 and 1995, so Froome will no doubt be hoping to emulate that success by extending his winning sequence to three this year. The Team Sky cyclist is currently ranked fifth in the world, and his previous Tour de France wins followed victories in the Critérium du Dauphiné. This year he finished that race in 11th place, but Froome has downplayed the importance of that result, stating that he has made a deliberate effort to be fresher for the 2017 Tour de France.
- Richie Porte is viewed by the bookies as being the main danger to Chris Froome this year. The Australian, who is currently ranked 11th in the world and races for BMC Racing Team, believes that Froome’s performance in the Critérium du Dauphiné is evidence that the Team Sky favourite isn’t at the same level as he was this time last year, and gives him a good chance of demonstrating his superiority in the Tour de France next month. Porte himself finished the Critérium du Dauphiné in 8th place, but he has had a good year otherwise, winning both the Tour Down Under in January, and Tour de Romandie in April.
- Nairo Quintana is currently ranked fourth in the world, and will come to the Tour de France on the back of a fourth place finish in the Giro d’Italia, which took place in May. The Colombian won the 52nd edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico in March of this year, and he has winning experience in secondary Tour de France competitions, winning the Mountains classification in 2013 and the Young Rider classification in both 2013 and 2015.
- Alberto Contador has won the Tour de France twice, in 2007 and 2009, and won the Young Rider classification in 2007. Currently ranked 10th, the Spaniard finished the Critérium du Dauphiné in 26th place, and the last race he won was the Tour of the Basque Country in April 2016.
- Fabio Aru is currently ranked 40th, but the Italian has had a pretty good year so far, with a win in the National Championships Italy – Road Race and a second-place finish in the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Astana cyclist has yet to win the Tour de France, but at the age of 26 he still has plenty of time to change that, and will no doubt be looking to make his mark on the race this year.
As far as form is concerned, the 2017 Tour de France looks to be between the first three in the betting, with Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana all being perfectly capable. Had Froom won the Critérium du Dauphiné, we would probably had tipped him to successfully defend his Tour de France title, but neither he nor Porte were particularly convincing there. Nairo Quintana has the best current ranking of the handful of riders at the front end of the betting market, and his fourth-place finish in the Giro d’Italia is very encouraging, so we will take an educated risk and side with the Colombian to achieve a podium finish in the 2017 Tour de France.
Sports.net’s Top Tip:
Nairo Quintana for a Podium Finish
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.