- Mathieu Van Der Poel is the +250 favorite to take home Stage 1 of the 2021 Tour De France.
- Wout Van Aert has +550 odds as the second betting option for Stage 1.
- Primoz Roglic (+1400) and Tadej Pogacar (+2200) are longshots despite being overall favorites to win the entire event.
BREST, France – With the 2021 Tour de France getting ready to start on Saturday, it’s time to take a look at the Stage 1 betting odds as to who will have the lead after the first day.
The betting favorites for the entire event find themselves as longshots in Stage 1, giving plenty of other riders a chance to succeed.
Tour de France Stage 1 Winner Odds
- Mathieu Van Der Poel +250
- Wout Van Aert +550
- Julian Alaphilippe +600
- Sonny Colbrelli +900
- Peter Sagan +1100
- Primoz Roglic +1400
- Michael Matthews +1800
- Davide Ballerini +2200
- Tadej Pogacar +2200
Potential Stage 1 Winners
A noticeable difference in this year’s Tour de France is that the opening stage will be hilly as opposed to the last three years that opened with a flat stage.
There’s a couple of riders who could take Stage 1, some with more enticing odds than others.
Mathieu Van Der Poel (+250)
Mathieu Van Der Poel is the odds-on favorite to win Stage 1 in his first-ever Tour de France. The 26-year-old is very talented and could very well cross the finish line first, but could be a little too inexperienced to justify being the favorite on gambling sites.
Considering the price, there may be better options on the board.
Wout Van Aert (+550)
Wout Van Aert is in a weird spot entering the Tour de France. He’s slated to primarily help Primoz Roglic win later in the event but has said he has the go-ahead to race for himself during the early stages.
Someone who has the green light to give everything he’s got in the opening weekend is a dangerous competitor. Bettors may be more inclined to side with Van Aert, especially considering his odds on online sportsbooks.
Julian Alaphilippe (+600)
Julian Alaphilippe may be the best value bet for Stage 1.
He’ll have the fans’ support as France’s No. 1 star and has had success early on in the Tour de France previously. He was the leader for three stages in the opening week last year and was the leader for over 60% of the stages in 2019.
Matching value with the real chance to win, Alaphilippe could very well be the best bet for Stage 1.
Primoz Roglic (+1400) and Tadej Pogacar (+2200)
Despite being considered the favorites to win the Tour de France as a whole, Roglic and Pogacar are listed with an outside shot to win Stage 1.
With a larger goal in mind and the chance to keep themselves rested for as long as possible, it would probably be beneficial to stay away from these two until later in the event.