The 2017 Tour de France will be the 104th edition of the world-famous cycling race. One of cycling’s Grand Tours, this year the race will start in Germany before working its way south, through France. The final stage will end at the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris on 23 July 2017.
The Tour de France will start on the 1st July in Dusseldorf with an individual time trial. A total of 198 riders will compete in the race, representing 22 different teams.
The race will include two individual time trials, eight flat stages, three hilly stages, three medium mountain stages and five mountain stages. In addition to Germany, during the early stages of the race the event will also travel though Belgium and Luxembourg.
1. Favourite to Win The 2017 Tour de France
Chris Froome started the race as the bookies favourite, priced at 2.37 with William Hill. Having won the event three times, including the last two, the British rider will once again be representing Team Sky at the 2017 Tour de France.
However, Froome has yet to win a race this season and has struggled for consistency. He struggled at Romandie, being well off the pace in both the time trials and the mountain stages. Froome also struggled at the Dauphiné and these have been the races he has used to propel himself towards the Tour de France in recent years.
Froome’s performance at the Dauphiné did show signs of improvement and he will continue to prepare in Tenerife. One thing Froome does have to his advantage is a strong team, the strongest team in the race. He also has the experience of wining the Tour de France and knows what it takes to get the job done.
2. Other Contenders - Betting Odds
While Froome is working hard to rediscover his best form, Richie Porte has no such concern. The Australian moved from Team Sky to BMC in 2016 and has been the best stage performer this season.
Porte won the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie plus delivered a strong performance at the Dauphiné, despite finishing in second place. Unfortunately, Porte dropped from the contest after serious crash, on stage 9.
2009 Tour de France winner, Alberto Contador joins Froome in not having won a race in 2017. The Spaniard has collected three second place finishes in the Ruta del Sol, Volta a Catalunya and Tour of the Basque Country. Contador is on offer at 151.00 with Bet365.
The man who denied Contador in each of those races is Alejandro Valverde. The 37-year-old has enjoyed a great year but may not have enough in the tank to mount a serious challenge in the Tour de France, which was reflected in his odds of 23.00 at Bet365. He also had to abandon Tour de France after terrible crash on stage one. Nairo Quintana targeted both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this year. Having failed in Italy, it is unlikely the Colombian will claim victory in France (odds of 201.00).
To Win 2017 Tour de France - Best odds
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