Who is favourite for each cycling event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games?

The Olympic Games are nearly upon us, so now’s the time to study the form guide to see who could win gold in each and every cycling event

Road cycling

Men s road race

Alejandro Valverde1 (Spain) is the slight favourite in what seems to be a very open race along the roads of Rio de Janeiro. The Movistar2 rider has won virtually everything there is to offer in the world of cycling, but an Olympic gold has always eluded him.

You can get Valverde at 5/1 at Coral, while his nearest rivals are set to be Italy s Vincenzo Nibali (8/1 at Ladbrokes) and Britain s Chris Froome3 (16/1 at Coral.)

For an outside bet, consider Tour of Poland winner Tim Wellens, who is widely available at 33/1.

Women s road race

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) and Lizzie Armitstead4 (Great Britain) are virtually neck and neck in the betting stakes ahead of the women s race on August 7. Van der Breggen s best odds are 4/1 at Ladbrokes, while Armitstead is at 5/1 with Bet365. Megan Guarnier (USA) and Marianne Vos5 (Netherlands) aren t far behind in the reckoning, with best odds of 11/2 and 13/2 respectively.

>>> All you need to know about cycling at the Olympic Games6

Men s time trial

The broken arm suffered by Tom Dumoulin7 (Netherlands) at the end of the Tour de France8 has set back his Olympic time trial hopes, with the odds-on favourite being replaced by Chris Froome in the betting. Froome s is now odds-on across the board, apart from at Betfred, where he can be backed at evens.

Elsewhere Tony Martin9 (Germany) can be found at 7/1 at Stan James, while Portugal s Nelson Oliveira can be backed at 40/1 after impressing against the clock at the Tour de France.

Women s time trial

Van der Breggen is again the big favourite for the women s time trial, with best odds of 15/8 available at Sky Bet. World champion Linda Villumsen10 (New Zealand) can be backed at 4/1 at Bet365 and Kristin Armstrong (USA) winner of the last two Olympic time trials is 13/2 to make it a hat-trick.

Track cycling

Who Is Favourite For Each Cycling Event At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games?

The British quartet of Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne and Joanna Rowsell-Shand during the women s team pursuit. After a shock fifth place in qualifying, the Brit team rallied to claim bronze.

Men s team pursuit

Great Britain v Australia again11? It looks to be that way, with Sir Bradley Wiggins12 s Team GB squad available at 4/5 to take gold once more. Australia are at 13/8 to repeat their win from the World Championships, with New Zealand (16/1) a long way off in third.

Women s team pursuit

USA and Great Britain look to be the teams expected13 to make the final of the women s event, with the Americans odd-on favourites to take the gold. With Team GB available at 5/2 at Bet365, Australia are a long way out as third favourites at 10/1 in some places.

Men s team sprint

Great Britain aren t looking good to retain their Olympic title, having been off the pace at this year s world championships14. In their place, New Zealand have been making strides and are odds-on to win gold in Rio.

Women s team sprint

China are the team to beat in the women s team sprint, with 1/2 the best you ll be able to back them at. But the rules of the team sprint often mean it s easy to get yourself relegated15, meaning some of the longer shots may be worth a shout. Russia are at second favourites for the gold, followed by Germany some way back.

Men s individual sprint

Jason Kenny (Great Britain) always turns it on in Olympic years and if his World Championship sprint win16 is anything to go by he will be the man to beat in Rio as well. At 7/4 he s favourite to beat the same man he overcame in London in February, Australia s Matthew Glaetzer, who can be backed at 11/4.

Women s individual sprint

Zhong Tianshi (China) and Kristina Vogel (Germany) are the ones to beat in the sprint match races, at 9/4 and 7/2 respectively at Bet365. Britain s Katy Marchant can be found at 40/1 with the same company, while Becky James is at 12/1 with Boyle Sports, but it s not clear which rider will be given the nod for the event.

Who Is Favourite For Each Cycling Event At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games?

Jason Kenny in round one of the Keirin at the 2016 UCI Track World Championships (Jones)

Men s Keirin

The men s keirin looks to be one of the most fiercely contested events on the track at these Games, with Joachim Eilers (Germany), Ed Dawkins (New Zealand), Francois Pervis (France) and Kenny (Great Britain) almost level in the betting. Eilers is slight favourite at 11/4 with Kenny available at 4/1,

Women s Keirin

Germany s Kristina Vogel, who won gold at the World Championships in February, enters as slight favourite (7/2) ahead of Australia s Anna Meares (7/2), who won silver to Victoria Pendleton in London four years ago.

Becky James is as long as 9/1 to win gold, but could be a shout for the podium in an each-way bet, having impressed with a bronze medal at the Worlds17.

Men s omnium

For Mark Cavendish18 (Great Britain) to win gold in the omnium he ll have to overcome two-time world champion Fernando Gaviria (Colombia). Gaviria is at 9/4 with Sky Bet, while Cavendish can be backed at 4/1 with Paddy Power.

Women s omnium

Laura Trott is the one to beat as she aims to retain her title from 201219. The Brit is at 10/11 at Paddy Power, with long-term rival Sarah Hammer (USA) at 4/1 and Australian Annette Edmondson at 13/2 with Bet365.


Who Is Favourite For Each Cycling Event At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games?

Men s

Niek Kimmann (Netherlands) may only be 20, but he s already a BMX world champion and is at 4/1 at many outlets for Olympic gold. Britain s Liam Philips can definitely challenge for gold and is at 7/1 for the win with Boyle Sports.

Women s

Mariana Pajon (Colombia) is favourite to defend her Olympic crown in Rio20. She won the event aged just 20 in London in 2012 and goes into Rio with two more World Championship titles to her name.

Mountain biking

Who Is Favourite For Each Cycling Event At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games?

Men s cross country

Six-time cross country world champion Nino Schurter (Switzerland) is unsurprisingly the bookies favourite for gold in Rio, with odds around the evens mark across the board. Reigning road race world champion Peter Sagan21 (Slovakia) can be found with odds of 9/1 at Bet365 as he makes a rare return to the off-road scene.

Women s cross country

Three-time world champion Annika Langvad (Denmark) is at 11/4 to bring home the gold in Rio ahead of Jolanda Neff (Switzerland).

Former road race world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot22 is competing for France and is at 10/1 at Bet 365.


  1. ^ Alejandro Valverde (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Movistar (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Lizzie Armitstead (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Marianne Vos (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ >>> All you need to know about cycling at the Olympic Games (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ broken arm suffered by Tom Dumoulin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Tony Martin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ World champion Linda Villumsen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ Great Britain v Australia again (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ USA and Great Britain look to be the teams expected (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ been off the pace at this year s world championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  15. ^ it s easy to get yourself relegated (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  16. ^ World Championship sprint win (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  17. ^ with a bronze medal at the Worlds (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  18. ^ Mark Cavendish (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  19. ^ she aims to retain her title from 2012 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  20. ^ defend her Olympic crown in Rio (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  21. ^ Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  22. ^ road race world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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