The only WorldTour race in Poland, the Tour de Pologne is held between 30 July – 5 August across 7 stages. Joao Almeida won the race last year but he is not competing this time. Unlike other top GC riders like Richard Carapaz, Sergio Higuita, or Pello Bilbao. The 2022 Tour de Pologne winner odds favor Ineos cyclist Ethan Hayter but anyone can still win this race.
This is the 79th edition of the Tour de Pologne, a multi-stage cycling race in the country. It is part of the UCI World Tour, attracting some of the best riders every year. Especially as the race is held ahead of the last Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana. In the first few decades, Polish riders dominated the race and got the most wins. While in recent years cyclists from other countries became champions.
Like Belgian Tim Wellens, Russian Pavel Sivakov, or last year’s winner, Portuguese Joao Almeida. He won’t compete this time unlike other GC favorites. Including Richard Carapaz, Pello Bilbao, or Sergio Higuita. But fans can also see some of the best sprinters in the field like Mark Cavendish, Arnaud Demare, and Sam Bennett.
2022 Tour de Pologne Winner Odds Favor ITT Specialists
Ethan Hayter started his cycling career in track and won several medals in major events. For example, a silver medal in madison in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And a gold medal in the 2021 World Championships in the omnium. The 23-year-old British has also competed on road since 2016 and joined Team Ineos in 2020.
He finished second in the overall standings in last year’s Tour of Britain and Volta ao Algarve. While his best result this season has been winning the points classification at Tour de Romandie. Online sportsbooks in Poland offer the smallest odds, 1.725 for his overall win at this race.
Hayter is in 4th place at the moment after three stages with a minor, +10.00 deficit. Italian Matteo Sobrero follows him in the 2022 Tour de Pologne winner odds with 3.74. The BikeExchange-Jayco cyclist is very strong in individual time trials (like Hayter) and can do well on the sixth stage. He won the ITT in this year’s Giro d’Italia. And finished 4th in the time trial in this year’s Italian Road Championship. Which he actually won last season. Sobrero is currently in 6th place level on time with Hayter. If both of them can survive the mountains, the time trial stage might be the crucial point of this race. And the fastest on that day can be the overall winner.
Top Climbers are Also in the Favorites
There are only two mountain stages in this tour, but they can still give some advantage to the best climbers. Like Sergio Higuita who won yesterday’s stage and leads the overall standing at the moment. But his lead is only 10 seconds, and other riders can overtake him in the time trial.
The Columbian cyclist won this year’s Volta a Catalunya and finished second in the overall race in Tour de Suisse. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider’s odds to win this race as well are 7.40. Online gambling sites in Poland mention Pello Bilbao with similar chances. The Spanish cyclist can do better in the time trial based on his previous results. As he won it in the 2020 Spanish Road Championships.
Bilbao finished fifth in this year’s Giro d’Italia in the overall race just like two years ago. The Bahrain rider is in second place 4 seconds behind the leader. His odds of victory are 9.90. One of the biggest names in the field is another Ineos rider, Richard Carapaz who is preparing for Vuelta.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia winner finished second in this year’s Giro and has the odds of 33.00 to finish on top now. Quinten Hermans is in third place after finishing also third in the mountain stage. The Belgian Intermarche-Wanty rider was third overall in this year’s Tour of Belgium and can fight for a podium finish. Though his overall win would be a surprise. As his odds of 81.00 on 22Bet show.