The last World Tour race before the start of the Giro, the Tour de Romandie takes place this week between the 27th of April and 2nd of May. We can still find several GC riders in the starting list from Geraint Thomas to former winner Richie Porte. Both Ineos members are mentioned in the favorites in the 2021 Tour de Romandie winner odds.
The 74th edition of the Tour de Romandie is held this year following the cancellation of last year’s event. The race is held in the French-speaking part of Switzerland in a hilly terrain and with two individual time-trials. According to the characteristics of the event we can find excellent time trialists in the former winners. Like Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins or Chris Froome. Primoz Roglic won the last two races in 2018 and 2019 but the Slovenian won’t compete this time. We still find several top GC riders in the field who have to face 12500m of climbing during the week. Most of them will miss the first Grand Tour of the season, the 2021 Giro d’Italia and will concentrate on later ones, like the Tour de France.
2021 Tour de Romandie winner odds mention Thomas and Porte as top favorites
Geraint Thomas, the winner of the 2018 Tour de France will lead the strongest team of the UCI World Tour, the Ineos Grenadiers at the race. The Welsh cyclist finished third in the last race here in 2019. Now he is the top favorite of online sportsbooks in Switzerland to win with the odds of 2.38. Thomas hasn’t raced too much since the return of the sport last year but is getting in form now. He was third in the 2021 Volta a Catalunya last month and will aim for the victory ahead of this year’s Tour de France.
Just like his teammate, Richie Porte, who is the winner of the 2017 Tour de Romandie. The Aussie cyclist finished ahead of Thomas in the Volta a Catalunya, so we can expect a tight battle between them again. Especially in one of Porte’s strongest events where he also got a 3rd and 4th-place finish from before. He was also third in last year’s Tour de France, which was his best result in a grand tour. Now his odds to win in Switzerland are 2.995 in the 2021 Tour de Romandie winner odds.
Favorites from other top teams
Besides Ineos, Bora-Hansgrohe will also bring a strong team to the race including Peter Sagan, Lennard Kamna and Wilco Kelderman. The latter has the most chance to fight for the overall title in the tour with the odds of 26.00. The Dutch rider was third in the 2020 Giro d’Italia and can make this event as a last preparation for this year’s Giro. Kelderman finished fifth in the Volta a Catalunya but he will face some of the same riders now.
Online gambling sites in Switzerland also mention Jumbo-Visma rider Steven Kruijswijk in the favorites. Who will have a difficult task to replace his teammate, Primoz Roglic in this race. But the third-place finisher of the 2019 Tour de France is surely capable of a good result. Even though he has been struggling so far in this season. Miguel Angel Lopez can be strong here as well after winning his first World Tour stage in the Tour de Suisse in 2016. Since then the Columbian rider also won the Tour Colombia and the 2019 Volta a Catalunya. He will make his debut at his new team, Movistar in this race with the odds of 15.00 to get the victory.