The 15th edition of the Tour de Ski event will start on the 1st of January in 2021 in Val Mustair, Switzerland. And it will conclude on the 10th of January in Italy. Both the men’s and women’s events will begin with the freestyle sprint races on Friday. In the Tour de Ski 2021 Sprint odds Swedish athletes are the favorites in the women’s and Italian Pellegrino in the men’s.
The Tour de Ski is an annual skiing event modeled on the Tour de France, which means it consists of several stages. This year it has 8 stages held in Switzerland and Italy. Starting with the freestyle sprint races on the 1st of January. For the first time Val Mustair will host three stages of the event so a special Val Mustair Trophy will be also awarded to the tour standing leaders. The event is part of the World Cup and most top athletes will be there. But the Norwegian team has withdrawn from the event. It means defending women champion Therese Johaug won’t be there to defend her title. Unlike Russian Alexander Bolshunov who won the men’s race last year.
Tour de Ski 2021 Sprint odds favor Swedish skiers in the women’s race
Online sportsbooks in Switzerland offer the smallest odds, 2.896 for the victory of Linn Svahn. The young Swedish athlete won the first World Cup sprint event of the new season in Ruka which was her fourth World Cup victory. Svahn won the overall sprint world cup last year but she didn’t compete in last year’s Tour de Ski event. Svahn missed the last few World Cup races too so she must get some good results now to improve on her world cup standing.
Her compatriots, Maja Dahlqvist and Jonna Sundling are also mentioned in the favorites. Dahlqvist won the team gold medal in the 2019 World Championships and finished third in the overall sprint world cup in the same year. This season she was second in Ruka behind Svahn. Her odds are 4.50 in the Tour de Ski 2021 Sprint odds while Sundling’s are 4.60. The third Swedish favorite finished third in the opening race and she was second in the 2020 Sprint overall world cup standings. After finishing 12th in last year’s Tour de Ski, she has the chance now to improve on her previous result. While current overall leader American Rosie Brennan has the odds of 12.50 to win the sprint race on the first day.
Last year’s winner is in the favorites in the men’s event
Online gambling sites in Switzerland favor Federico Pellegrino to win in the men’s sprint race with the odds of 2.40. The Italian won the last two sprint races in Davos and Dresden ahead of the overall leader, Alexander Bolshunov. In the absence of the Olympic and World champion Johannes Klaebo Pellegrino can fight for another victory. Especially as he is also a former world champion and Olympic silver medalist in sprint.
One of his biggest rivals can be Lucas Chanavat, who has the odds of 3.60 to win the first race. He got two World Cup wins last season and finished 5th in the 2020 overall sprint world cup. This season he hasn’t achieved any podium finishes yet. But Chanavat was part of the French team which finished second in the teamsprint final in Germany. While Alexander Bolshunov is in great form this season after winning the 15km World Cup race in Davos. He also finished second in the sprint race and currently being in second place in the overall sprint world cup. The Russian has the odds of 8.00 to win another sprint race now.