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A quarter of punters favour Fabio Aru to cause an upset at the 2017 Tour de France

Chris Froome proving an unpopular choice at the bookies, with even fewer backing Nairo Quintana

Joseph Delves
3 Jul 2017

With the Tour de France now underway, fans looking to have a flutter on the race are turning away from the two riders previously thought of as firm favourites.

An aggregator of the odds offered by different bookmakers reports that Chris Froome (Team Sky) was considerably more popular with punters last year.

While the number of people who fancy Nairo Quintana (Movistar) as the winner has more than halved compared to the last running of the race, with just 8.6% backing the Colombian.

While Froome may still be the rider most widely expected to win the General Classification, at around 6/4, his odds have lengthened after rival Richie Porte’s (BMC Racing) strong showing at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Some bookies now have Porte as short as 2/1.

Proving a big surprise is the popularity of Italian Fabio Aru (Astana). Currently marked up as long as 18/1 to defeat the three time champion Froome, he accounted for 25.2% of bets to win the Tour de France in the week before this year's Grand Depart.

Last year Froome was the rider who saw the most money piled behind him before the race, attracting 22.49% of bets in the week leading up to the 2016 Grand Départ.

By comparison this time around he accounts for just 12.2%.

'Chris Froome at 6/4 is the big favourite according to the bookies,' said Oddschecker spokesman Teague Calvin.

'However it’s Aru that is the punters' pick. Froome’s disappointing year is not convincing punters to stake their hard-earned cash on the three-time champion at short odds and it is Aru at 18/1 where most deem the value lies.

'Quite surprisingly, Aru accounts for over a quarter of bets placed on the whole market this week and is over twice as popular as Froome.' 

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