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Chris Froome Leads Stage 15 Despite Bike Mishap

July 18, 2017

The favored biker in Tour de France 2017 was in danger during Stage 15. Chris Froome experienced a mechanical problem with his bike which took away a large chunk of his time.

Despite the large gap between Froome’s Bitcoin sportsbook odds and that of his rivals, the three-time champ sees this as a close race. For him, the odds of his rivals might as well be around 2.50 to 4.00

Froome said:

“We knew coming into this year’s race that it would be the closest-fought Tour I’ve ever done and the biggest challenge of my career to date. And it’s shaping up to be exactly that,”

Tour de France 2017 odds

Leading the race in the outright odds is Chris Froome with 1.36 odds on Bet365. Other sportsbooks like William Hill gives him 1.33 odds to win this season’s race.

Froome is no stranger to wearing the coveted yellow jersey. His first yellow jersey was in the Tour of Mauritius in 2006. He also got the yellow jersey for Tour de France in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Much is at stake for the championship defender as he is aiming for a three straight yellow jersey win in this year’s Tour de France.

Meanwhile, there are three racers who are hot on Froome’s heels. The first one is Romain Bardet with odds of 8.00 on both Bet365 and William Hill. The second is Fabio Aru who has 9.00 odds of winning from both Bitcoin sportsbooks. Rigobeto Uran also has the closest odds of 11.00 from the two sportsbooks as well.

Bardet and Aru were close in denying Froome a third straight win for the yellow jersey in this year’s Tour de France. Aru was behind by 18 seconds while Bardet was just 23 seconds away. Close to Bardet was Uran who was 29 seconds away from Froome.

Mechanical error

It would have been over for Froome when his bike broke down during Stage 15 of Tour de France 2017. The problem was a broken spoke in his bike which required a new replacement wheel. Team AG2R was already making headway in the race while Froome was getting his bike fixed.

Froome recalled:

“I knew then that this could be the end of my fight for my yellow jersey. There were a good five or 10 minutes there that I thought just knowing the pace that AG2R was setting going into the climb and I was standing on the side of the road with my teammate Kwiatko on the side of the road trying to change wheels, I thought that was game over for me. If I purely reflect on yesterday that was a big save. I’m really grateful that I got through yesterday. It was really touch and go. If I didn’t make it to that front group by the top of that climb, I don’t think I would have made it to the finish line in yellow.”

Froome’s teammates were the key to get Froome to continue the lead during the race. Team Sky member Michal Kwaitkowski gave one of his bike wheels to Froome to help save time. Froome’s team was also in the commanding lead of the peloton just before the foot of Col de Peyra Taillade. This had helped put Froome back to the group of favorites.