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Cycling in Sports Betting

Cycling in Sports Betting

About Cycling

Cycling may not be the most interesting sport to wager on – you know, unless it is the Tour de France – but there are still people out there who love leisure sports rather than one-on-one competitive games. Cycling is just one of those sporting events that these types of sports fans can lay their chips down on.

Cycling features many races (often in stages) throughout the world, including the Giro d’Italia, and the Vuelta a España, but cycling’s crown jewel is the Tour de France. The Tour de France takes place in July with the starting point alternating every time. Classifications include general, mountains, points, young rider, minor, and historical. Normally, between 20 and 22 UCI world teams compete in the Tour de France, with a total of 9 riders per team.

Betting on Cycling

Of course, the most common cycling bet is the Straight Up Bet. Also known as a Moneyline Bet in North America, this involves betting on the winner of the event. Players can also place Prop Bets in cycling, based on either who has the fastest time in a certain stage, which country wins the race, or which rider ends up top in each classification.

Most sportsbooks only offer a limited number of bets on cycling events, and even then they are only offered when a major cycling event is in session. Smaller cycling events may not even appear on your favourite sportsbooks.

Betting tips and strategies

Betting on cycling is certainly not easy. Generally speaking, the very best riders tend to end up towards the top every time, although a nasty fall, or bad traffic can rapidly see them fall down the pecking order. Given this, Straight Up Bets tend to be the best way to go when it comes to cycling bets on favourites.

However, it is useful for you to dig up information about the team and/or rider you are going to bet on. Injuries, form, and a good idea of the races they have already competed in will help you gauge (as best you can) what kind of condition the rider is in for the big race.

Remember when wagering on the Tour de France that it is a race over 2,500km. There are many different stages, throughout various terrain. Keep an eye out of the different jerseys worn by the riders, since they indicate who is currently leading the race at various stages. This is very useful if you happen to be watching the Tour de France on your television.

Major Cycling sports events

Amgen Tour of California
Cycling at the Commonwealth Games
Cycling at the Olympics
Giro d’Italia
Milan-San Remo
Tour de France
Tour Down Under
Tour of California
Vuelta a España
World Road Championships
World Track Championships

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