While the odds for the General Classification of the upcoming Tour de France (July 1st – 23rd) are in a state of flux after a chaotic Critérium du Dauphiné, the odds for the Points Classifications, otherwise known as the Green Jersey or Sprinters’ Classification, remain pretty stable.
Peter Sagan remains the heavy favorite to win the Green Jersey once again, and the usual bunch of sprinters stand in his way. Will Sagan make history with his sixth consecutive win, or will someone spoil the party?
2017 Tour de France: Points Classification (Green Jersey) Odds
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): 9/11
The five-time Green Jersey-winner is just one win away from equalling Erik Zabel’s record of six Points Classifications. Sagan has had the green jersey on lockdown since 2012, blowing away the competition each year.
The current road race world champion is naturally the overwhelming favorite for the upcoming Tour.
Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors): 41/9
Kittel finished a distant second in the Points Classification last year and he remains Sagan’s greatest threat. He’s in great form this season, winning the Dubai Tour as well as stages at the Tour of California and Abu Dhabi Tour.
In a bunch sprint, there are few quick men that can pull one over him. But when it comes to intermediate sprints and hilly stages, he often struggles.
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal): 11/1
The Gorilla has had a few top-three finishes in the Points Classification, but he’s always come up short of first place. He’s perhaps the purest sprinter of the bunch, able to lay down the power better than almost anyone, but struggles to cope when the gradients rise.
Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb): 19/1
Michael Matthews has found a new home at Team Sunweb, the same team that led Tom Dumoulin to his upset victory at the Giro this year. So far he’s had a fairly quiet season, but that could all change with a strong performance at the Tour.
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data): 20/1
Last year, Cavendish reminded us why he’s one of the most decorated sprinters in the world. After a string of disappointing results, Cav silenced his critics by snapping up three stages at the Tour.
Once again, the Manx Missile is off to a slow start to the season, but we know better than to rule him out.