Tour De France: Pick Romain As Odds Favorite To Wear Polka-Dot Shirt

Ian O'Sullivan

Friday, July 1, 2016 3:00 PM GMT

At Tour De France the best climber is awarded the polka-dots-jersey as the King of the Mountains. Check out this year's contesters to find a valuable betting pick.

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King Of The Mountains Betting
The King of the Mountains classification awards the leader with a white jersey with red polka-dots and is a pretty iconic piece of cycling kit. The points for the King of the Mountains is scored based on the category of climb that they go over, from the lowest Category 4, to the highest HC or 'Haute Category' climbs.

Choosing a abetting pick for winner of the KOM competition is a minefield – you never know just who is targeting the competition and it can all change in an instant with a successful breakaway on a day with lots of mountain points. There are three crucial stages towards the end of the race with lots of points available, so it may be that we see the GC candidates come to the fore in the last few days.

Froome and Quintana are the top two in the betting, they finished 1-2 in this competition last year.
The key to winning this jersey this year will be winning some of the big mountain finish stages, with 50 points on offer at the HC summit finishes. If Quintana wants to win this race he is more than likely to have to either win, or finish very high up on the key mountain stages.

What might decide the destination of this jersey though are stages 17, 19, 20 - the three stages in the Alps towards the end of the race, as well as Mont Ventoux on stage 12. And as Quintana often tends to get stronger, and Froome tends to show signs of weakness later in a race, Quintana could pick up big points late in the race. 

Chris Froome won his first ever KOM jersey in last year’s Tour De France, he just happened to end up in it by winning and finishing high up in the big mountain stages. He doesn’t seem to care too much about winning this jersey though, if it comes, it comes, so you’re betting on someone who couldn’t care less if he won it or not if you back him!

Joaquim Rodriguez has really slipped down the order when it comes to his chances of General Classification success, but he remains a likely candidate to go in the hunt for the KOM jersey instead. He won two stages in last year’s race, but hasn’t won a race in nine months, He is though someone that if he puts his mind to it will at least give it a proper go and go on the attack for points.

Pierre Rolland is another who could base his whole Tour around success in the KOM classification, it all depends on whether he wants to try to go for the GC (and maybe finish 10th to 20th) or go and try and win a prize like this. If so, expect to see him lose time in the first few stages, maybe getting ‘caught out in the wind’ so that he can go on the attack on the stage to Le Lioran on stage 5 where the first big points are on offer.

And there are just so many other riders who could harbour ambitions of winning this jersey, it can be a real stab in the dark and maybe best to watch out if looks a week in. One rider I do like though is Romain Bardet – he almost won it last year, was leading going in to the final stage, when Froome outscored him and stole it from him. He is from around where stage 5 goes and knows the roads well, he could go on the attack that day and maybe take the jersey and try to hang on to it all the way to Paris.

Free Cycling Pick: Romain Bardet each-way +2000
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