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2017 Tour de France

Week 2 Update

Chris Froome heads into the third weekend of the Tour de France second in the General Classification but still the favourite to win the race at 4/6 with Paddy Power. His main rival Richie Porte crashed out of the race this week but Froome is now six seconds off the pace.  However, with some brutal mountain stages in the third week things could look different in seven days time. Fabio Aru (7/2 with Skybet) is the leader and has emerged as the main danger to Froome but the Team Sky British rider has the strength and experience to ride into Paris wearing the Yellow Jersey.

The points classification looks in the safe hands of Marcel Kittel. The main talking point was the disqualification of Peter Sagan. He won the Green Jersey clasification five years in a row so throwing him out after a collision that saw Mark Cavendish fall was a brave decision. Anyone who took a short price about Sagan winning the points title for a sixth time would probably diagree. Kittel has won five stages and he is the rider taking advantage of Sagan's disqualification but Michael Mathews is still involved. The King of the Mountains title looks like going to Warren Barguil butt Aru (33/1 with Ladbrokes) could still get in the mix.

TIP: MARCEL KITTEL must be backed in stages that have a sprint finish. 

Introduction  

On Saturday July 1st 22 teams of nine riders will cycle 14 kilometres from one part of Dusseldorf to another part – at the start of the 2017 Tour de France! Yes, the most watched live sporting event in the country begins in the neighbouring Germany. However, the final stage of the Tour by tradition takes the cyclists still standing into Paris for one of the most iconic occasions in world sport. Richie Porte and not Chris Froome is tipped to be wearing the famous Yellow Jersey at the end of Le Tour.

Classifications

The Tour displays great scenery around France and you can follow all the action on ITV4. Bookmakers will offer odds on the outright winner and other classifications and these markets will be updated at the end of each stage. You will also be able to bet in-play for stage winners and the outright winner so you could use your cycling free bets for several classifications.

Here are the main betting markets:

  • Outright Winner – Yellow Jersey
  • Points Classification – Green Jersey
  • King of the Mountains – Polka-Dot Jersey
  • Under-25 Rider – White Jersey

Leading Contenders

Here are the leading contenders based on the latest betting on June 22nd. Odds are subject to change and riders may not take part due to injury or loss of form:

Chris Froome

Froome is at his best during the time trials and mountain stages. He is a rider with no weaknesses but will find it difficult to win the race for the fourth time. Injury and loss of form have been handicaps this year but Froome is the best in the business when it comes to peaking when it matters most. He is an uneasy favourite this year and winning the race again might be beyond him.

Richie Porte

Porte has a habit of producing a bad day or two over the three weeks and two days marathon. However, he is so good in the mountains that this tendency could be overcome in 2017. He has recorded several wins this season and he arrives at the Tour at the top of his game. This year he can avoid a significant dip in form and win the Tour de France for the first time.

Nairo Quintana

Quintana could be on the back foot from the first stage as he is renowned for not delivering in the individual time trials. He comes into his own on long steep climbs and can make up time while others are floundering. Quintana finished third last year and has never won the Tour and that situation is unlikely to change because Froome and Porte look too strong to be both beaten barring injury and accidents.

Alberto Contador

Contador has the best record in the major tours of the current generation. He is trying to win the Tour ten years after his first overall Yellow Jersey and he is always a contender. Contador did not complete the race last year and he has passed his prime. He can recapture former glories and form but making the podium in third place looks like the limit of his achievements this year.

Romain Bardet

Bardot finished second last year and he could make the payout places again. In a better team he could win the Tour but Froome and Porte’s organisations are stronger. Bardet is a brilliant climber but he will be almost riding for himself. The focus this season has been the Tour de France though Bardet looks like coming up short against the two leading contenders but can be placed.

Conclusion Richie Porte and the BMC Racing Team can win the 2017 Tour de France and Romain Bardet is tipped to finish in the first three but Froome cannot be overlooked. That means the 1-2-3 forecast is Porte, Froome and Bardet. Tony Martin is the world champion time trialist so he is of interest for betting purposes in the first stage.

Tour de France 2017 Schedule

Day in July Stage Type KM's
1 1 Time Trial 14
2 2 Flat 203.5
3 3 Hills 212.5
4 4 Flat 207.5
5 5 Mountains 160.5
6 6 Flat 216
7 7 Flat  213.5
8 8 Hills 187.5 
9 9 Mountains  181.5
10 Rest Day N/A  N/A
11 10 Flat 178 
12 11 Flat  203.5
13 12 Mountains  214.5
14 13 Hills  101
15 14 Hills  181.5
16 16  Mountains 189.5 
17 Rest Day N/A  N/A
18 16 Flat  165
19 17 Mountains  183
20 18 Mountains  179.5
21 19  Hills  222.5
22 20  Time Trial 22.5 
23 21 Flat 103 

The Individual Time Trials involve riders setting off at set intervals and racing against the clock. The other stages are races and last about five hours. Its another tradition that there is no competitive cycling over the final stage and the leader rides ceremonially into Paris. Stages 19 to 21 will be crucial and usually the winner is confirmed over these three days. 

Traditions

It is an enduring element of the race that the most well known sporting event in France starts in another country. The Tour de France in 2014 staged Le Grand Depart in Yorkshire and crowds flocked to the streets of Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield and all points in between for the first two stages. It’s Germany’s turn to get this year’s race up and running with an individual time trial over 14 kilometres. There are 21 stages in total over the 23 days of the event. The organisers are not so cruel to not schedule two rest days, on the 10th and 17th of the month. Bastille Day on July 14th features a 101 km stage from Saint Girons to Foix. Every Tour offers something unique and this time the Tour will go through all five of France’s range of mountains. This is good news for the specialist climbers like Froome but Porte is also strong in the mountains. The climbers will be relatively comfortable over some cruelly steep climbs which will sort out the men from the boys. Its the stages with climbs that generally determine the winner and other contenders and this year that means a showdown between Froome and Porte but Romain Bardot, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador will also be in their element at the toughest times during the Tour. The winner should come form this quintet of riders.

Previous Winners

Year Name Country Team
2016 Chris Froome UK Team Sky
2015 Chris Froome UK Team Sky
2014 Vincenzo Nibali Italy Astana
2013 Chris Froome UK Team Sky
2012 Bradley Wiggins UK Team Sky
2011 Cadel Evans Australia BMC Racing Team
2010 Andy Schlek Luxembourg CSC
2009 Alberto Contador Spain Astana
2008 Carlos Sastre Spain CSC
2007 Alberto Contador Spain Discovery Channel

 

The leading countries are as follows:

  • France – 36 winners
  • Belgium – 18 winners
  • Spain – 11 winners I
  • taly – 10 winners
  • Luxembourg – 6 winners

Riders from the United Kingdom had not won the Tour before Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome is one of just eight riders to have recorded three wins or more. Miguel Indurain won the tour from 1991 to 1996 and is the last rider to win in three consecutive years. Richie Porte is from Australia and Cadel Evans in 2011 is the only winner from that country in the history of the race.

Teams

There are 22 squads of nine riders. Each team has a main contender and the others ride tactically to give this man the best chance of winning stages and the Tour. Great Britain is represented by Team Sky and there are teams from 12 other countries in total. France has the biggest representation with five teams. Seven of the 22 teams are non-European and each team has a manger who directs operations.

What are the best cycling free bets?

Of course at the start of every race there is the possibility to bet on the winner and in terms of stage races you can always take a punt with you free cycling bet on who will claim each and every stage.

There are always the more established names at the head of the odds when it comes to these markets but regularly with clear favourites commanding the shortest odds it can provide excellent value further down the field, and we will keep you updated on the latest here at FREEbets.org.uk.

The fields are always so large in the big road races that a number of additional markets are thrown into view including the winning nationality, the highest finishes in each nationality, the number of finishers and the winning margin.

There are also plenty of specials that crop up at the start of each race which are good cycling free bet fodder so keep an eye out for what is offered up by the bookies before the riders set off on their odysseys. 

The Tour de France remains the annual pinnacle of the sport in terms of road racing which comes around every summer and sees all the greatest cyclists in the world either competing for the overall victory in the race or stage wins throughout the gruelling contest. When it rolls around we will have news on the runners here at FREEbets.org.uk.

The Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana are two other standout European races on the calendar but there are a huge number of races to enjoy over the year culminating in the Tour of Beijing at the end of October.

On the track there is the annual World Championships and of course the Olympic and Commonwealth Games every four years to look forward to and as such plenty of cycling to enjoy near enough all year round.

How to claim your Free Cycling Bets

Cycling is as global a sport as you can find with riders from all over the planet competing in all the big races that are competed for, as such there isn’t a bookmaker around who will not provide odds and chances for betting for free on cycling with all the major markets available in the sport.

With the number of competitors in each race it is well worth doing some decent research before plumping for a bet but once you have done that and you know which bookmaker you want to go with, click on the link to that bookie from the list on the right hand side of this page.

Once at the bookmakers homepage you will need to follow the simple steps to register with your chosen bookie, it takes just a few seconds and then you will be ready to go.

Select cycling from within the sportsbook and find the market you are keen to have a punt on, click on the odds and this will add the chosen market to the betting slip, from there on in you will be able to use your free bet.

Is cycling popular with bookmakers?

Big time! Nearly all the yearly cycling calendar events are covered with bets available. Some of the markets you can expect to see for each race are:

  • Tour de France stage bets
  • Number of yellow jerseys
  • Top 3 finish in any race
  • Grand Tour 2015 specials
  • Bradley Wiggins specials

The Olympics has done a lot for a number of sports but few have had such a boost in popularity in Britain in recent times as cycling thanks to the exploits of Team GB’s cyclists over the last 12 years.

Through the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott the sport has burst into the consciousness of the British sporting pubic thanks to their phenomenal success and of course Sir Bradley Wiggins has done so not just in the Olympic Games but in the biggest road race in the world, the Tour de France.

With the use of bikes across the UK having gone through the roof in recent years and the addition of a new Velodrome in London after the Olympics there is plenty of interest in the participation in the sport and as such there is a burgeoning interest in watching the sport and therefore free betting on it.


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