How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Great Britain 8/15, Australia 2/1, New Zealand 16/1, Switzerland 16/1 - Paddy Power
This will be the fifth Olympic Games for Wiggins, the third for Clancy and Burke and the first for Owain Doull. The quartet are in fine form, having smashed the current world record (that Team GB set at London 2012) in training before departing for Rio. It’s no longer a question of whether or not they’ll make it through the heats to the final; it’s whether or not they’ll break their own record as they attempt to win gold again.
The Australian side looks to be in good shape as well, having trained at altitude in Mexico last year, where they also broke the world record in training, recording a time of 3:51:30. More concerningly, they won gold in the team pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships this year, showing that the Brits aren’t invincible. Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn, Alex Edmondson and Sam Welsford are not to be taken lightly, and another GB/Australia showdown in the final is to be expected.
New Zealand are outside contenders, but you shouldn’t dismiss them outright. While they’re expected to do better in the sprint, they do pose a threat to other team pursuit contenders, and will surely be gunning to do better than bronze, which they’ve won in Beijing and in London.
The bookies have nailed down the odds for the Brits doing the business for the third time in a row, to the point that betting on them to finish in the top three will only get you 1/25 at Sky Bet. Australia suffers from similarly bad pricing for punters, with a top three finish for the boys from down under set at 1/16 with the same bookmaker. Even New Zealand, who probably won’t even come close to a gold medal without some sort of miracle, are at evens for a top three finish.
You could soften the blow a bit with an each-way bet from Ladbrokes on Great Britain to win the men’s team pursuit, which could see you get odds of 4/7 if you’re quick about it.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Great Britain to win men’s team pursuit (each-way bet) - 4/7 at Ladbrokes
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.
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