2016 Tour de France Betting Preview
Tour de France 2016 Betting Tips
The peak of cycling racing returns as the 2016 Tour de France starts on July 2, 2016 until July 24th. Bet for Free gives you our best tips and predictions for the 2016 tour.
The 103th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and covers a distance total of 3.5km.
Race Favourite: Chris Froome ($2.50)
The defending champion rides into the 2016 Tour de France as the hot favourite with the bookies. Having won the Tour de France last year and in 2013, he is the deserved favourite this year. Froome will aim to defend his title in 2016, while the last rider to win back to back was Miguel Indurain in 1995.
In terms of form, Froome held off the finishers and won the lead up race in Critérium du Dauphiné for the third time in his career. As a result he will be very hard to defeat again in 2016.
Challenges to Froome
Nairo Quintana ($3.00) is the second favourite to Froome this year at the our. and looms as the Froome’s biggest threat to the title. Quintana has been unlucky not to win the tour in recent years as he placed second in 2013 and 2015 Tour de France tour.
Quintana won the Tour de Romandie tour in early 2016 and the race has often been a good form quide for the Tour de France as three of the past five winners have gone on to win the Tour de France.
Can 2016 be third time lucky for the South American? If he can win the tour he will become the first South American to do so.
The veteran six-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador ($5.50) is the third favourite in this years race with Sportsbet. Contador has been in decent form this year as he won a stage at the Tour of the Algarve and came second to Quintana at the Volta a Catalunya race.
At the Critérium du Dauphiné this year, Contador came fifth to Froome. The biggest worry for Contador is his age, however in 2011 Cadel Evans won the tour at the age of 34.
Australian Richie Porte ($17.00) has shown a recent habit for helping other riders to victory. In 2011, he helped Contador win the 2011 Giro title. In 2012, Bradley Wiggins was also helped by Porte as he won the 2012 tour. To top it off, in 2013 and 2015 Porte secured the win for this years favourite, Chris Froome.
In 2016 he will ride for BMC as co-leader with Van Gardener and is a cyclist to lookout for in this year’s race.
Fourth favourite Fabio Aru Astana ($21.00) will lead for team Astana this year. In 2015 he built some good momentum for the 2016 Tour de France as he won the Vuelta a Espana and finished second at the Giro d’Italia.
Tejay van Garderen ($34.00) is one to watch as he placed fifth in 2014 and pulled out of last years race with illness. He also came second at Critérium du Dauphiné in 2015 to Chris Froome.
If you are looking for two rougher choices the best options would be Romain Bardet ($67.00) and Daniel Martin ($126.00) both placed behind winner Chris Froome in the lead up race Critérium du Dauphiné in 2016.
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