Cycling Betting Odds
Cycling betting is a whole new sports betting experience altogether. You can bet on individual riders, teams, stage races, and tour winners.
With over 150 cyclists trying their luck in a race and several cycling events throughout the year, the sport can be intimidating and challenging to bet on, especially for first-time punters.
SportsBetting.com is here to break down cycling betting lines, and take you through some of the best cycling betting types so you can place bets in no time!
UNDERSTANDING BRITISH ODDS
There are different ways bookmakers state odds. In the United Kingdom, bookies use fractional odds to indicate the possible profit relative to the stake.
British odds were initially used in horse racing. They are also most commonly used in cycling lines.
For example, for Tour de France, oddsmakers assign Chris Froome 6/1 odds. This means that for every £1 (stake) you bet, you can win £6 (profit). You’ll get your £1-bet back, so your total return is £7.
To compute your total return, the formula is:
Total Return = (stake x (numerator/denominator) ) + stake
If you wager £20 on Thibaut Pinot (9/1) and he wins, your total return will be £200 (£180 profit + £20 stake).
Calculating the Probability
Betting lines can also be used to calculate the probability of winning. We can refer to this formula:
Probability (%) = denominator / (numerator + denominator)
Let’s take these cycling odds, for example:
|Rider||Odds||Probability of Winning (%)|
|Wout Van Aert||15/2||11.8%|
Cycling Betting Types
The interesting thing about cycling is that there are many wagers punters can choose from. Here some ways to bet on cycling:
Betting on the Rider
This is the most popular wager in cycling. Bettors need to predict who they think will win a particular race.
It’s hard to make a wager when over 150 riders are joining a cycling event; hence, bets on the top three and top 10 cyclists have also become popular.
For example, in the 2019 Tour de France, these are the top 10 finishers:
- Egan Bernal
- Geraint Thomas
- Steven Kruijswijk
- Emanuel Buchmann
- Julian Alaphilippe
- Mikel Landa Meana
- Rigoberto Uran
- Nairo Quintana
- Alejandro Valverde
- Warren Barguil
Meanwhile, Vuelta a España’s best 10 during 2019 are the following:
- Primoz Roglic
- Alejandro Valverde
- Tadej Pogacar
- Nairo Quintana
- Miguel Angel Lopez
- Rafal Majka
- Wilco Kelderman
- Carl Fredrik Hagen
- Marc Soler
- Mikel Nieve
Tour de France Winners
Riders who triumphed in the Tour de France are given these distinctions:
This is the most coveted prize in cycling. As a stage concludes, the officials determine the cyclist with the fastest time throughout the race. The quickest rider becomes the overall leader and wears the yellow jersey in the next stage.
The green jersey is bestowed to the best sprinter, the cyclist with the most number of points. One remarkable rider who has won his seventh green jersey in 2019 is Peter Sagan.
King of the Mountains
Tour de France’s best climber is named King of the Mountains for gaining the most points despite the challenging ascents. The winner gets a polka dot jersey.
For example, in 2019, French cyclist Romain Bardet was named King of the Mountains.
Best Young Rider
Riders younger than 26 years old are recognized, too. A white jersey is given to the young rider who has the lowest overall time.
In 2016 and 2017, twin brothers were recognized as Tour de France’s Best Young Riders. They are Adam Yates and Simon Yates, respectively.
Betting on the Team
Cyclists need their team’s support to win. Teammates offer their specialty and also protect each other during the race.
Some examples of team wagers include which team will get the most points in a stage, or which team will gain the most points in a cycling competition overall.
Since 2012, Tour de France’s seven winners came from Team Ineos, a British cycling team formerly known as Team Sky.
Betting on Matchups
Sportsbooks also release head-to-head odds featuring riders with close skill sets. For example, in a match between Richie Porte and Vincenzo Nibali, who would win more points? Or if young cyclists Sergio Higuita and Mathieu van der Poel were pitted against each other, who would you put in your bet slip?
Aside from rider matchups, betting sites would also offer wagers on team matchups and predict if a team would do better than another.
For example, let’s take the teams of 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) and 2019 Vuelta a España winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma Team).
Between Movistar and Jumbo-Visma, which team would win the most stages in the Tour de France?
Betting on Race Stats
Punters are not limited to wagering on riders and their teams. They can also bet on race statistics. Some wagers focus on how many cyclists will finish a race or the speed of a stage leader in completing a course.
Sometimes wagers are made on how many riders will be unable to finish the race because of injuries. For example, in 2019, Michael Woods broke his femur after crashing during a Paris-Nice tournament.
Bookies also offer bets that will make wagering more entertaining. These are usually unrelated to the overall outcome of a race. Some examples are:
- Will Sam Oomen join the grand tours despite his iliac artery surgery in 2019?
- After disappearing during the 2019 Tour de France, will Dennis Rohan redeem himself by vying to become a stage winner?
RACES YOU CAN BET ON
To further understand your options in cycling sports betting, a crash course on the types of cycling is essential. There are two race types: track cycling and road cycling.
Track cycling happens on a velodrome, a banked track, while road cycling involves holding the sport outdoors. Cyclists who join road cycling races encounter various terrain types ranging from cobbled streets to flat roads.
Track Cycling Races
These are the different track cycling races:
- Track Cycling World Championships
- Track Cycling World Cup
Road Cycling Races
Road cycling races include the following:
- Single-Day Races
- Individual Time Trials
- Stage Races or Tours
Among the three, stage races are the most popular. Annually, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) holds a world tour that is composed of 38 events. These include the three famous cycling grand tours and the five monument one-day races.
The grand tours include:
- Tour de France
- Giro d’Italia
- Vuelta a España
These race events are three weeks long, and they have daily stages. More points are distributed in the prestigious grand tours compared to other races.
The cyclist who completes all stages with the lowest cumulative race times wins.
Meanwhile, these are the famous monument races held for a day:
- Milan-San Remo
- Tour of Flanders
- Il Lombardia
Tour de France
This is considered the most prestigious and challenging bicycle race in the world. The 23-day event happens in France and has 21 stages that ambitious cyclists need to overcome.
This race is held before the Tour de France, usually in late May or early June. Online sportsbooks know that surprise winners emerge during this exciting race in Italy. Hence, punters are definitely in for a good time!
Vuelta a España
Among the three, this cycling event in Spain is the youngest but also the most exciting. It happens after the Tour de France and usually serves as a warm-up for riders who want to participate in the UCI World Championship.