Green jersey on Tour De France is worn by the leader in points of the competition. Join our SBR Capper as he analysis and offers free picks for this propositional wager.
TDF Green Jersey Betting
The Green Jersey for the Points Competition winner has been owned by Peter Sagan for the past four years and has been one of the banker bets of the Tour de France for each of those four years. The bookies aren't taking any chances this year with Sagan though, making him a 4/7 shot to win.
The Points competition is the third oldest of the jersey classifications, introduced in the 1953 Tour de France. The classification was added to draw the participation of the sprinters as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tour. It rewards riders for consistently finishing in good positions and generally favours a sprinter-type or a punchy sprinter who can make it over some of the tougher stages and score points on many stage.
It's why Peter Sagan is perfect for it. He can sprint, he can climb a little when he needs to, he is not afraid to attack and he's not afraid to go after the ‘intermediate sprint' bonus points mid-race either.
His biggest rival could come from the two Germans – Marcel Kittel and André Greipel. Kittel is in superb shape and should probably win the first stage and maybe several more and that would give him a good chance of winning it. The question is, will he finish the race ? As the last week is particularly hard, a lot of riders might call it quits and go home, Kittel is likely to be one of them.
André Greipel is also in great form at the moment, he beat Kittel in the race for the German Championships last week. He will be scoring on all the flat stages and he may do ok on some of the lumpier stages, but I don't think he'll out score Sagan.
Alexander Kristoff isn't having the best of seasons you'd think, but he still has eight wins to his name. He has yet to take a big win this season though and drew a blank in the Classics. He will feature in a number of stages, taking top ten places, but not enough of the 1-3 placings I think to take the jersey.
Mark Cavendish was the winner of the Points competition in 2011 before Sagan took over, he has also finished 2nd three times and 4th twice. He is having a pretty miserable season and it's hard to even see him winning a stage.
John Degenkolb continues his rehabilitation from his training ride crash in January, I don't think he'll be challenging Kittel or Sagan for the wins. Michael Matthews isn't having a great season so far and won't be fast enough on the flat sprints, and there aren't enough punchy sprints to suit him.
The one I like at bigger prices though is Bryan Coquard – the little Frenchman is having his best season ever making him a good betting pick and has notched up ten sprint victories this year, making him the most successful sprinter in the race. With Bouhanni out of the race now he should be able to pick up lots of points in the flat sprints and can climb better than almost any sprinter bar Sagan, so will pick up points when others don't. At 16/1 he's worth on betting odds an each-way bet.
Free Cycling Pick: 1pt each-way on Bryan Coquard at +1600
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