DownhillCycling is our main focus in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday when the Mens Road Race takes place and recent Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar is favourite for the gold medal.

 

 

 

The Tour de France has finished but we are back in the saddle again with the Mens Road Race. Teams race as nations which gives Slovenia a strong hand with TdF winner Pogacar and Roglic the headline acts and they have 2 support riders in the shape of Jan Polanc and Jan Tratnik.

 

Belgium have a 5 man team and will attract plenty of interest with the all round talents of Wout van Aert who won the queen stage, ITT and sprint into Paris at Le Tour and Remco Evenepoel is another of their big hopes.

 

Colombia have a 5 man team of climbers with Chaves, Uran, Quintana, Higuita and Dan Martinez the cards they can play. Contrast that selection with the Italians who have the experience of Nibali and climbers Caruso and Ciccone alongside power house engines of Ganna and Moscon.

 

Spain have Alejandro Valverde in their team of 5, France include the likes of David Gaudu and Guillaume Martin whilst the Yates brother make up half of the 4 man GB team. The Dutch can call on Tom Dumoulin, Wilco Kelderman and Bauke Mollema. Joao Almeida is seen as Portugal's best hope although he has just the 1 team mate (Nelson Oliveira ) for company.

 

South Africa has Stefan de Bod, Nicholas Dlamini and Ryan Gibbons on the start list.

 

Stage Profile

 

The route is 234km long and as you can see from the profile image there is plenty of climbing.

 

 

Image credit UCI

 

 

The Betting

 

Tadej Pogacar 5/1

Wout van Aert 8.25/1

Primoz Roglic 17/2

Remco Evenepoel 12.25/1

Joao Almeida 20/1

Max Schachmann 25/1

Aljeandroo Valverde 29/1

Adam Yates 29/1

 

34/1 and upwards the rest

 

Note, prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change

 

The Verdict

 

The energy levels of the likes of Pogacar and van Aert seem to have no boundaries and despite just competing an enery sapping tour is some style, they deserve the highest respect and probably their places aat the top of the betting boards.

 

However at the prices available I will go for a rider who has seemingly had this race exclusively on his radar. The Germans have just a 4 man team, headed by Max Schachmann and if he can live with the stronger climbers he will be a major threat at the finish.

 

Bet: Maximilian Schachmann (Germany) 25/1

 

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Note, prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change