How to Bet on the Tour de France
How to Bet on the Tour de France
How to Bet on the Tour de France and other cycling events
The Tour de France is the greatest cycling event in the world, gathering the very best cyclists who prepare the entire year to be part of this great event. Fans from France and all across the globe gather on the roadsides in the Alps to cheer, fool around and wave their country flags while running alongside the riders.
Betting on the Tour de France is highly popular and smart bettors can gain a great opportunity if they know how to play against the crowds, the key being finding that right moment. Betting on favourites will never be highly profitable with low paying odds for a safe bet, but betting on the long shots when favourites are likely to hold back, is where the money is.
Odds are based on what the analysts forecast, but when punters mess with the odds by always betting on the favourite, despite the data and game tactics, this presents the perfect scenario for the smart cycling bettor.
Types of Bets in Cycling
Cycling will have all the standard betting markets, as well as its own very unique ones. Straight bets on who will win the race or tour, prop bets on specific outcomes in the race like a rider falling or even how many naked fans will show up on TV, and parlays or combined bets where more than one bet is tied together to increase the payout.
The other very specific bets to cycling are related to the configuration of the sport:
• Mountain Classification winner
• Points sprint leader
• Winning time gap will be the Over/Under
• Faster than a specific rider
• Over/Under amount of riders will finish the Tour
• Over/Under amount of riders who will wear the yellow jersey
• Winner of the Green Jersey
• Winner of the White Jersey
But the best strategy will always be betting against the market, the hard part is selecting one of these betting markets to do so.
Strategy and Tips
First, the key to any betting strategy is money management and tactical betting, meaning you must define a percentage of your total bank to bet on any event and maintain your stakes as fixed. Look for odds that pay double or more and avoid those that pay close to even no matter how predictable they look, the value isn’t worth it.
Follow riders before the Tour de France.
The Tour takes place in the middle of the year, which means riders plan their initial 6 months accordingly. Not all riders are there to win; this is a team player sport were team member’s work for the benefit of their best rider. In other words, they ride to block rivals and open paths for their main card.
The Giro de Italia takes place just over 30 days before the Tour. If a cyclist is competing hard on that event, it means his team is not counting him as their main card for the Tour de France. Especially when another of their top riders is not participating in the Giro. Tour winners do not ride the Giro, which would be a physical suicide. Expect the Giro riders on the Tour to under perform and bet against them.
When to bet on ‘No Ones’
Rookie’s don´t usually win the Tour, but they do win some stages from time to time. When? The favourites to win the event overall will begin conservatively, staying back from the action to save energy for the key stages to come. So in the early stages, other riders will try to seize the lead in the hope of developing a long-term strategy to remain on top.
The favourite will strike somewhere in the middle of the event and try to seize the overall lead of the race. Once obtained, the cyclist will likely relax a bit and focus on the general points standing and maintaining a time gap on his closest rivals.
It is at this stage, after the middle of the event, that bettors can better read how the whole event will unfold. Once a team’s strategies are clear, it is safe to bet on talented rookies as this is the best time for them to strike and win a stage. Before the event read some articles to identify who the surprises might be, and during the event follow their numbers to check their performance.
With the right cyclists on your list, at the right time and the value odds you are all set to place a very smart bet.
But this strategy, as smart as it is, it isn´t always easy to make. Easier would be to use the same situation to bet against the favourites.
Bet against the favorite
Taking into account the same scenario, betting after the middle part of the event and when team strategies are clear, a bettor can step in with eyes on the favourite to bet against him. This is the part of the race a favourite is more likely to withdraw and stay at a safe distance, saving energy for the final sprint.
So now you know when to put your money. To get started, you can view William Hill’s full range of cycling betting options including Tour de France. Keep an eye on the talented rookies and team strategy for the top dogs. Predicting the final stage of the race becomes easy if you know where to look.