The Young Rider Classification betting odds for the Tour de France have Warren Barguil at +150. Find out how our capper recommends placing your sports picks.
Young Riders Competition
This is a competition for riders under 26 years of age and is always a hotly contested competition. On four occasions the winner of the White Jersey for best young rider has also won the GC – Fignon, Ulirch, Contador and Schleck. As good as the crop of youngsters coming through are, I don't think one of them will be doing the jersey double.
This should be a cracking competition this year – Warren Barguil is a strong favourite, but very short at just evens with most bookmakers. Coral have come out with 6/4 though and that is worth a bet I think, he certainly looks the most likely to win this. The Giant-Alpecin are looking to rescue their season after the horror crash in the training camp in January, and a podium spot for the winner of the White Jersey in Paris would be a nice reward. The team are here to support him and he is in great form, finishing 3rd in the Dauphiné, ahead of some key rivals he meets again here.
Adam Yates is still only 23, but it feels like he has been around for a long time. Not a great debut in a Grand Tour in the Vuelta in 2014, finishing 82nd, and his debut in the Tour in 2015 didn't go great either, finishing 50th. I think he will struggle without teammates in the big mountains and could fade in the third week though, so I'm not interested in him at just 4/1.
Louis Meintjes is one of the best up-and-coming climbers and could go very well in this race this year. He crashed last year on stage 12 and it eventually saw him abandon with just four stages to go. He didn't have a great start to this year, but it looks like his form is coming good at just the right time, with a very good showing in the Dauphiné, finishing in 9th place. It looks like the team are here just for him, and to have riders like Rui Costa Tsgabu Grmay and Polanc riding for you will be a great help.
Wilco Kelderman almost won the Tour de Suisse this year, he was leading going into stage 7, but it caught up with him and he struggled that day to fall away from the top of the podium not favoring his betting odds. He's had a very good season so far and looks like he should carry some really good form in to the race. 7th in the Giro d'Italia in 2014 when he was just 23, he has proven he has the stamina and the climbing legs to last a three-week Grand Tour.
I think Barguil, Kelderman, Meintjes and Yates will have a superb personal battle within the big war of the race – all four are capable of finishing in the top 10 in fact in the GC. I give Barguil the slight edge as my betting pick though as I think he is the most aggressive and the better climber, but Kelderman can challenge him all the way along with Louis Meintjes.
Free Cycling Picks: 3pts win on Warren Barguil +150, 0.5pts each-way on Wilco Kelderman +800.
Best Line Offered: 3pts win on Warren Barguil +150 at Coral, 0.5pts each-way on Wilco Kelderman +800 at BetVictor.