Are you ready for the 2017 Tour De France? It will start on Saturday 1st July! Can Chris Froome make history and secure his third consecutive Tour title this year? This article contains our 2017 Tour De France betting preview,with betting promotions, best odds, tips and free predictions on Winner, Top 3 Finish, King of the Mountain, Points Classification (Green Jersey) and much more!
TOUR DE FRANCE 2017 PREVIEWAs with last year, Chris Froome is the top favorite. Anyway, the Brit comes to the race without a signature strong result and it's the first time since 2012 that he’s entered the Tour without a victory. He has a superb team around him, including the likes of Mikel Landa, Geraint Thomas and Sergio Henao. Anyway, Froome looked weak at the Tour de Romandie, citing "small back issues" and he was involved in a harrowing hit-and-run incident while training around Monaco. There are only 37km of time trialling and this could result in a more levelled general classification.
Richie Porte was the strongest rider at the Dauphiné, but a tactical error on the penultimate climb cost him the overall title. He took 47 seconds out of Froome in the short time trial of the Dauphinè. The 32-year-old Australian has already won the Tour Down Under and Tour de Romandie this season. Anyway, he Australian has yet to ever put the three weeks of consistent form together required to win a Grand Tour.
Nairo Quintana was outridden by Tom Dumoulin in all departments at the Giro D'Italia. The 27-year-old Colombian had second-placed finishes in 2013 and 2015 before finishing third a year ago. With Froome struggling for form at the moment, though, and now is the time for Quintana to exploit that weakness.
After winning several races during the spring, including Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Alejandro Valverde had a long layoff. The Spaniard has already said that he’s all-in to support Movistar teammate Quintana. But if something untoward transpires, the 37-year-old is more than capable of launching a challenge for this year’s Tour de France.
Alberto Contador’s career is clearly on the downslope. Anyway, The Trek-Segafredo rider has been in fine form as well this season, finishing runner-up at no fewer than four stage races this year, including Paris-Nice where Contador delivered a stirring last-stage performance. He will be ever-present in the lead-group on the big climbs, and will attempt to orchestrate a tactical coup to unsettle and potentially unseat Chris Froome.
Romain Bardet was second in 2016, and his solo ride to victory in Saint Gervais was the most impressive piece of riding on offer at last year's race. The Frenchman is weak at time trialling and this could be a deciding handicap despite there are only 37km of TT.
Fabio Aru was out much of the spring with a knee injury but was solid at the Criterium du Dauphine and won the Italian national road title on Sunday with a solo move. The Italian climber and his team-mate Jakub Fuglsang will form an interesting partnership that could cause major upsets to all their rivals. The Dane has ridden into the reckoning with his win at the Dauphiné, where he won two stages on the way to claiming the overall title.
Thibaut Pinot has had an impressive season, winning a stage at the Ruta del Sol, adding another stage at the Tour of the Alps and second overall, third overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, and a stage win and a fourth-place overall finish at the Giro d’Italia. He could be this year's dark-horse.
Louis Meintjes had a good Dauphine and has a promising track record at Grand Tours - 8th at last year’s Tour De France and 10th at the 2015 Vuelta Espana- He might be the best young rider in this year's edition.
TOUR DE FRANCE 2017: BEST ODDS
- Chris Froome @ 2.50
- Richie Porte @ 3.50
- Nairo Quintana @ 8.00
- Alberto Contador @ 19.00
- Romain Bardet 23.00
- Alejandro Valverde @ 26.00
- Jakob Fuglsang @ 26.00
- Fabio Aru @ 34.00
- Rafal Majka @ 76.00
- Johan Esteban Chaves @ 81.00
- Geraint Thomas @ 81.00
- Louis Meintjes @ 81.00
- Daniel Martin @ 111.00
- Thibaut Pinot @ 151.00
- Simon Yates @ 201.00
TOUR DE FRANCE 2017 PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Richie Porte @ 3.50
Top 3 Finish: Fabio Aru @ 4.50
Top 10 Finish: Louis Meintjes @ 1.62
King of the Mountain: Rafal Majka @ 7.00
Points Classification: Peter Sagan @ 1.50
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