After Sir Bradley Wiggins saw off great rival Tony Martin to finally take the time-trial Road World Championships gold medal, Ladbrokes.com raced off to compile markets on what the first British winner of the Tour de France may yet achieve.
The 34-year-old is a little long in the tooth to make much appeal at 25/1 to win Le Tour for a second time before his career is out though.
Wiggins is 100/1 to wrest cycling’s top prize from the grip of Italy’s Vicenzo Nibali next year, with Team Sky co-rider Chris Froome currently heading the market at 7/4 to repeat his 2013 success.
Even the Murdoch family’s winning machine of a team is seemingly not big enough for the pair, who clashed publicly when Wiggins was de facto number one in 2012.
Rumours abound that the Belgium-born, Kilburn-bred knight of the realm will switch to a smaller team at some point over the next 12 months, in order to concentrate on defending his Olympic time-trial gold at Rio 2016. He may not even make the Tour.
Furthermore, Wiggins is expected to have a crack at breaking the Hour Record, held by Francesco Russo since 2011, next summer. Ladbrokes go 1/3 that he manages as much before retiring.
However, there’s an even better bet lurking around with regard to the celebrated Liverpool fan’s future.
Last Spring, Wiggins described the Paris-Roubaix, which is affectionately called either ‘A Sunday in Hell’ or ‘The Hell of the North, as “…the biggest cycling race in the world, bigger than the Tour de France, bigger than any other bike race…”, prior to finishing ninth in the annual renewal.
You can have 12/1 on Sir Bradley besting all in the 2015 version of the Paris-Roubaix, which would be his first win in the race.
Wiggins’ best finish in northern France prior to that top-10 effort in April was 25th in 2009, which suggests the format suits his advancing years.
Now the Road World Championships’ rainbow jersey – which he will sport throughout the next campaign – is in the bag, there are few peaks left for Wiggins to conquer.
With this in mind, 12/1 on the Brit winning the Paris-Roubaix 2015 ranks as a bet to be on.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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