2023 Tour de France Odds: Jonas Vingegaard Fave - Newstbt.com
Jonas Vingegaard from Jumbo-Visma is slightly favored to score back-to-back victories at the 2023 Tour de France, with +110 odds compared to Tadej Pogacar from Team Emirates UAE at +115.
Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma, the reigning champion seen here celebrating his victory at the 2022 Tour de France in Paris, is the betting favorite to win the yellow jersey and defend his crown at the 2023 event. The Dane and the Slovenian Primož Pogacar, who won back-to-back titles in 2020 and 2021 before settling for second place in 2023, look set to clash once again in the most prestigious cycling race in the world. With 21 stages spread over 23 days, the 2023 Tour de France will kick off on Saturday from Bilbao in Spain with 176 riders. The challenging course will take the riders up the Pyrenees and through the Alps before arriving in Paris for the finale on July 23, with Vingegaard looking to become the first rider since Eddy Merckx in the 1970s to win back-to-back yellow jerseys.
Vingegaard Seeks Back-to-Back Maillot Jaune
Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France, initially believed that taking home the top prize was the toughest challenge he had ever faced, until he had to defend his yellow jersey win. He changed his opinion and proclaimed that back-to-back wins was the most difficult task he had ever attempted. Going into the Tour de France 2021, all eyes will be on Vingegaard, who is the favorite to win the yellow jersey for a second year in a row, sporting +110 odds. According to the betting markets, Vingegaard is the odds-on favorite to finish in the top three (-400) and the top ten (-475). His incredible success at the Critérium du Dauphiné reaffirms his position as the top contender.
Jumbo-Visma’s Jakob Vingegaard is currently in good health, not nursing any injuries as the team keeps hush about it. He made a name for himself during the 2021 Tour de France, where he was expected to play second fiddle to Primoz Roglic; however, after Roglic’s crash and subsequent withdrawal, Vingegaard became the primary rider and proved that he could give Pogacar a run for his money in the number one spot. The team is currently listed on DraftKings’ futures board as the sixth favorite to win (at +1400 odds) the team classification, a title held by Ineos Grenadiers (+225 odds). Elsewhere, Pogacar is preparing to possibly make history by clinching his third victory since the beginning of 2020.
Pogacar on Mission to Snag Third Win Since 2020
Pogacar had a difficult race last summer, as he lacked a robust team compared to Jumbo-Visma’s Wou Van Aert and the other attack dogs. Despite that, his second-place finish still stands as a testament to his strong ride. For the upcoming summer season, Belgium’s Pogacar has +115 odds of securing his third yellow jersey in 4 years, and -400 odds of claiming a spot in the top 3 podium slots. Meanwhile, his team UAE Emirates is a slight favorite at +1000 odds to win the team classification for the year, edging out Jumbo-Visma at +1400 on the futures board. Lastly, Pogacar is a hot favorite at -500 odds to win the white jersey as the top Young Rider at the Tour.
Slovenia has received plenty to be proud of in the world of sport in recent years, with the accomplishments of Luka Dončić in the NBA and Primož Roglič’s two-time Tour de France title wins. Last summer, Roglič achieved a second-place finish behind Jonas Vingegaard, winning the white jersey in the process. Now, Mark Cavendish is close to making history for the nation.
Mark Cavendish on Cusp of History
Mark Cavendish of Astana Qazaqstan is aiming to make history as he currently ties Belgian great Eddy Merckx for total stage victories, at 34 apiece. Covendish, at age 38, has a great opportunity to break this tie after he finished 2021 Tour de France with his 34th stage win. Cavendish was not present for the Tour last summer, but has confirmed his entry into the 2023 cycle, with six flat stages. DraftKings puts Cavendish’s chances of picking up a win at +150, though that number likely won’t be high when pitted against the current sprinter favorite Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin-Deceuninck, who stands in at -400.
In addition to Mark Cavendish, the other top five speedsters include Fabio Jakobsen (Soudal–Quick-Step), Dylan Groenewegen (Jayco–AlUla), Caleb Ewan (Lotto–Dstny), and Mads Pedersen (Trek–Segafredo). Wout Van Aert is fast enough to win a sprint stage, but he is not considered a sprinter, leaving him out of the top six sprinters. It will be interesting to see what role Jumbo-Visma assigns Van Aert at Le Tour this summer. If Vingegaard should gain a chance at a podium spot and the yellow jersey, then Van Aert will no doubt serve as a super-domestique.
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