Roy The Boy looks ahead to the Tour de France and highlights some potential ante post value in four-time winner, Chris Froome.
I’m not sure but I’d say Chris Froome’s asthma must be really bad right now as he is languishing in 11th position in the Giro d’Italia which resumes on Tuesday (May 15th) after its penultimate rest day. The next rest day is on Monday 21st and the race concludes in Rome on May 27th.
Froome’s decision to race in the Giro was always contentious given how renowned it is for sapping the life out of Tour de France candidates. The last rider to win the Giro and Tour de France in the same year was Marco Pantani in 1998 and ‘the double’ has only been done ten times in the history of the sport.
With 2min 27sec between him and the race leader, Simon Yates, I’m amazed Froome is only 10/1 with the firms to win the 2018 Giro. On what he has shown so far – particularly lacklustre climbing the mountains (still super-human to most cyclists) – I’d not want him at 33’s.
Ever generous Unibet are offering 6/4 about Froom winning the Tour De France for a fifth time this summer. The same firm goes 4/9 about him not winning the race (… did I say generous?). OK, you can get 9/4 about him winning the Tour (which starts on July 7th) with other fixed-odds firms so you can make this a 100 percent book … if playing only with the traditional firms.
But do yourself a real favour and watch the 7.8+ currently on Betfair for Froome to win the Tour de France. There's only small money available at present but as liquidity improves, hopefully the price will remain at this level. And then, if you really want to hedge the risk, you can also add some of Unibet's 4/9.
A market to watch.
Back Chris Froome NOT win the Tour de France 4/9 Unibet and 888Sport
Back Chris Froome to win the Tour de France 7.8+ Betfair