We thought we would give a brief guide on cycling betting. So when it comes to cycling betting people that don’t know much about it most likely have a thought similar to this go through their head.
“It’s near impossible to predict the winner out of a field of 200 cyclists”
I can tell you that thought is wrong. Yes, there are fields of 190+ cyclists, but depending on the nature of the stage you can always narrow it down to a few riders.
A sprint stage, you know there are only a couple of fast sprinters in the field – most likely, it will come to a sprint finish and you can narrow it down to 1-4 sprinters to win depending on the field. Marcel Kittel, Elia Viviani, Mark Cavendish, Dylan Groenewegan and Andre Greipel all come to mind. On a harder stage where it should come to a sprint, but there is a short incline at the end, or a small hill 10-15km from the finish that could drop the pure sprinters, then you look at riders like Michael Matthews, Caleb Ewan, Peter Sagan, John Degenkolb and Alexander Kristoff.
Similarly, we look at time trials. Again you can narrow it down to riders like Tom Dumoulin, Rohan Dennis, Bob Jungels, Tony Martin, Stefan Kung and others.
Also a stage with a mountaintop finish, you can be sure that most times the names featured are Thibaut Pinot, Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali etc.
This is all well and good, but you also need to look at the stage situation. For example some stages may go to the early breakaway, in that case it is a lottery. But in most races that don’t, you can always narrow the field down to a few riders.
Tips to help you do that include.
- Look at the team dynamics and find out who is the team leader.
- Look at the stage and which riders characteristics it suits best
- Research and find out if any riders are sick or injured so you can avoid them or bet on a favourable head to head with them.
- In stages which may go to the early breakaway, look at where the race finishes and see if any riders live near there – you can be certain that if they live in the finishing town, or near it, that they will try their hardest to get into the break.
If you are interested in betting on cycling, then you should look at the Terms and Conditions and always make sure that you bet responsibly. Only bet what you can afford to lose. If the fun stops, then stop betting.