With the sports activities around the world heating up, cycling competitions also began their campaigns. We recently saw several big races, but what awaits us is even more exciting and thrilling. Following Tirreno-Adriatico, Bredene Koksijde, Nokere Koerse, and several more races, the fans are now preparing for two more legendary races, Tour de Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
Tour de Flanders will have the shortest ever pause between the two editions. The last one was held in October, due to Coronavirus pandemics, and this one just six months later. The winner in that unusual autumn race was Mathieu van der Poel, who is the top favorite for repeating the same success.
The majority of the bookmakers and the experts are convinced that the Dutch rider is way ahead of the competition and that his victory is pretty much sure.
The odds on that are 5/2, and when looking at the distance between him and the second candidate Wout van Aert 6/1, you can see why. van Aert is one of few rivals who might disturb van der Poel’s quest to become the first person since Fabian Cancellara with two consecutive titles at this event. Behind these two are Julian Alaphilippe at 17/2, Peter Sagan 21/1, Davide Ballerini 26/2, Alexander Kristoff 18/1, and Remco Evenepoel 30/1. More of these odds, as well as other cycling betting tips, are available on this link.
Tour de Flanders starts on April 4 in Antwerp, Belgium, and the finish line is in Oudenaarde. For all those who want to follow the same, TBC and Eurosport hold exclusive broadcasting rights.
About the other race, Paris-Roubaix, things are slightly different. We didn’t have the competition in 2020, and the last winner is Philippe Gilbert. His name doesn’t appear among the first five candidates for the win, with the spotlight again being at van der Poel and van Aert.
As many predicted before the season started, the Dutch-Belgian duo will have the leading word in the majority of the races in this part of Europe, and not only there. Still, it will also attack the majors, Tour de France, Giro, and La Vuelta. But that is another topic, and we will speak more about that on some other occasion.
Now, to get back to those odds. van Aert and Van der Poel are leveled when it comes to odds to win this race. They are both at 15/4, which is far, far ahead of the remaining part of the list. Peter Sagan, who promised much better performances as the season goes by, is 15/1, Mads Pedersen 20/1, and John Degenkolb 21/1, slightly before Alaphilippe at 24/1.
We could see one rider winning both events, which wasn’t that frequent in the past. The above-mentioned Cancellara was the last one to achieve that in 2013, and ever since, nobody has managed to repeat his achievement. Of course, besides Van der Poel and van Aert, we don’t see anyone capable of that in this particular case.
The bookmakers share the same opinion as ours. It is why they placed these two far above all others in their prognosis and sportsbooks. van der Poel is the No.1 with 9/1, and van Aert is 15/1. Sagan and Alaphilippe sit at 66/1, while Pedersen, Jasper Stuyven, and Evenepoel are all at 150/1 currently. Greg Van Avermaet, Soren Kragh Andersen, and Oliver Naesen are the last notable names with the odds to win both races set at 250/1.
As you can see, most of the action will take place between Van der Poel and van Aert. They both have massive plans for the upcoming season, which involve winning one of three majors as well as the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Yet, the competition is fierce because all of the riders are more than eager to shine this year and forget the troublesome 2020.