World Championship – Road Race 2018 Betting and Odds

World Championship - Road Race 2018 Betting and Odds
The UCI Road World Championship 2018

The UCI Road World Championship is the world’s premier event for road racing cyclists that has been held since 1921. It is organized by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) and consists of two main events – time trial and road race as well as team time trials since 2012. The championship also has a female competition, under-23 races as well as junior men and women races and time trials.

The inaugural championship was held in 1921, although for the first six years it was considered an amateur race. It wasn’t until 1927 before it was designated a professional race. At that time, there was a men’s professional and amateur race, won by Alfredo Binda and Jean Aerts respectively. The female race was introduced in 1958, with the men’s team time trial introduced in 1962. This event was discontinued later, and men’s individual time trials were added to the championship in 1994. In 2012, the team time trial was reinstated.

The UCI Road World Championship is held around the end of September and follows the Vuelta Espana. It takes place in different European regions on either a flat or hilly course. Along with the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, the Road World Championship forms the Triple Crown of Cycling.

The 2018 UCI Road World Championship will be held in Innsbruck, Austria from 22-30 September. This is the third time the tournament is being held in Austria and the 91st edition of the tournament. Last year’s champion Peter Sagan is among the top favourites for the gold medal after winning the previous 3 years in a row. However, he’s not among the main bookie favourites – Alejandro Valverde is. The Spaniard has never managed to win the road racing world championship, although he was close on a couple of occasions.

Can Valverde Finally Get the Gold Medal?

World Championship - Road Race 2018 Betting and Odds
Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde is among the best road racing cyclist in the world. He’s won the Vuelta Espana in 2009 and other races, although he never managed to win the UCI Road World Championship. He came close on a few occasions, winning the silver medal twice and the bronze an additional 4 times. He’s never been able to get the gold medal, but experts and bookies think that this year will be his.

Valverde’s decorated career is overshadowed by the scandalous doping allegations for which he was suspended from cycling for two years. Once his suspension ended, the Spaniard returned to cycling in 2012 riding for the Movistar Team. This year, he’s being given the highest chances of winning the UCI Road World Championship, being placed ahead of Peter Sagan and other quality cyclists such as Julian Alaphilippe.

Alejandro Valverde is available at 59/20 at Mansion Bet, Setanta Bet, Fun88, and Sport Pesa. You must agree that his odds are great – you’ll quadruple your investment if he ends up winning the World Championship. It’s a pretty nice return and if experts are to be believed, Valverde’s gold medal is long overdue.

Can Julian Alaphilippe Spoil Valverde’s Plans?

World Championship - Road Race 2018 Betting and Odds
Julian Alaphilippe

French racer Julian Alaphilippe has had a great career so far. Although lacking wins in the Triple Crown events, he has won stages of major cycling events and won the Clasica de San Sebastian and La Fleche Wallonne this year. Experts predict a bright future for the young Frenchman and bookies certainly agree, placing him right behind Valverde for this year’s road cycling world championship.

Riding for Quick-Step Floors, Alaphilippe may end up raining on Valverde’s parade this year. The Spaniard may be long overdue for a gold medal, but Alaphilippe shouldn’t be underestimated. The Frenchman will surely try and grab any chance he gets, so he should be considered a potential winner and his odds reflect it.

Alaphilippe isn’t too far away from Valverde on the list of favourites, being given odds of 15/4 at Sport Pesa, Fun88, Setanta Bet, and Mansion Bet. This means that the French cyclist can surely mount a title challenge and should be among your top options. His odds are even better than Valverde’s, so why not give him a try?

Adam and Simon Yates Will Jump at Any Chance They Get

World Championship - Road Race 2018 Betting and Odds
Adam and Simon Yates

Twins Adam and Simon Yates definitely have a bright future ahead of them. Simon Yates surprised everyone by winning this year’s Vuelta Espana, while Adam Yates has had noticeable results at many events, including winning the 2015 Clasica de San Sebastian ahead of 2014 champion and main favourite Alejandro Valverde.

Simon Yates’s Vuelta win has made the British cyclist one of the major favourites for the UCI World Championship this year. He’s considered a third favourite right behind Valverde and Alaphilippe, while his twin brother is placed behind him with only slightly worse odds. It’s clear that the British twins are the future of cycling and if any of them ends up winning the road racing world championship, they’ll make fans and punters very happy.

Simon Yates is available at 11/1 at Sport Pesa, Fun88, Mansion Bet, and Setanta Bet. His twin brother Adam is trailing right behind him – he’s being given odds of 13/1 at Fun88, Sport Pesa, Setanta Bet, and Mansion Bet. Whichever twin you pick, you can earn a lot of money for a reasonable bet if your choice wins the race. Our money would be on Simon Yates – he’s coming off a Vuelta win which will surely be wind beneath his wings.

Peter Sagan’s Chances

World Championship - Road Race 2018 Betting and Odds
Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan is a Slovak cyclist and widely considered one of the biggest road racing talents. After winning the Junior Mountain Bike World Championship 2008, Slovak moved to road cycling, winning a number of classics. He won the points classification in the Tour de France this year, making him one of the best cyclists at the moment.

Sagan has won the UCI World Championship 3 times in a row – in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Following his 2017 UCI Road World Championship title, Sagan will wear the pink jersey in 2018 for a third consecutive season which hasn’t happened before. Sagan and his team Bora-Hansgrohe were among the top favourites for the 2018 UCI Road World Championship, but at the moment, they’ve lost their footing.

Sagan’s odds are pretty unfavourable at 33/1 at Mansion Bet, Setanta Bet, Sport Pesa, and Fun88. The Slovak cyclist shares the odds with other road racers such as Daniel Martin and Romain Bardet, which makes it obvious that he’s not a major favourite. His odds are too high for him to be considered a punter’s favourite. However, the man did win the last three road world championships, so maybe he should be taken a consideration. At the very least, he deserves a higher place on the list.