The 8-stage road race in Switzerland, the Tour de Suisse, is held this week, between the 6th and 13th of June. It offers the last opportunity for all top riders to prepare for the 2021 Tour de France which is only two weeks away. The 2021 Tour de Suisse winner odds favor Ineos rider Richard Carapaz ahead of other GC riders.
The first Tour de Swisse was held in 1933 while this year’s event is the 84th edition of the tough race. Which includes difficult mountain stages and individual time trials, offering great chances for top climbers. Former Tour de France winners Eddy Merckx and Jan Ullrich also won here before. While Italian Pasquale Fornara had the most wins with four victories. Sadly last year the tournament was cancelled, which makes the 2019 winner, Egan Bernal the defending champion. He won’t compete this time unlike his teammate, Richard Carapaz who is in the top favorites. Just like Mathieu van der Poel, who hasn’t raced on road since April but will do now ahead of his Tour de France debut.
2021 Tour de Suisse winner odds mention Ineos riders in the favorites
Richard Carapaz can continue the winning series of Ineos riders this season. After the previous successes of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal and Richie Porte. The 2019 Giro d’Italia winner is favored to win by online sportsbooks in Switzerland with the odds of 3.00. Even though the Ecuadorian hasn’t got any remarkable result this season yet. But he finished second in the 2020 Vuelta. And he can be the leader of the Ineos team at this year’s Tour de France. Especially if he can win this race now ahead of his teammates and other GC riders.
Rohan Dennis can help him to achieve it. But the 31-year-old Australian is also a favorite for the overall win according to the 2021 Tour de Suisse winner odds. The two-time world time trial champion is strong in the mountains and has won stages in all three Grand Tours before. Dennis also got stage victories in this year’s Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Romandie. Now he has odds of 7.00 to get the overall victory. But his main job will be to support Carapaz, just like for another Ineos rider, Pavel Sivakov. The young Russian finished 6th in the 2021 Tour of the Alps and can achieve another great result in this tournament.
Alaphilippe and Schachmann can also get the victory
Julian Alaphilippe hasn’t raced much since the spring classics. He will compete here now though as a last preparation ahead of his home Grand Tour. The 2020 World Road Champion got great results in the season so far after winning the one-day race of La Fleche Wallone. And also finishing as a runner-up in this year’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Strade Bianche. But he has to focus on the longer events now and show a good performance for his team, Deceuninck-Quick-Step. His odds to win the overall title is 3.75.
Online gambling sites in Switzerland also mention Maximilan Schachmann in their favorites with the odds of 8.50. The German rider won this year’s Paris-Nice after Primoz Roglic’s sudden decline on the last day. Schachmann also finished third in the 2021 Amstel Gold Race. And in the top 10 in the Belgian one-day races. While Jumbo-Visma rider Tom Dumoulin will be back to racing after a 6-month break from the sport. The Dutch rider is the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner and the 2018 Tour de France and Giro runner-up. It will be interesting to see how he can perform on his return now. His odds to already get the overall win here is 21.00.