Bet on the Tour de France, the Belgian GP and US Open

28.08.2020

Football has been back for a while now, and now the other sports are following. This Saturday, the Tour de France finally starts. On Sunday, the Formula 1 circus descends on the track of Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian GP. Finally, we have the US Open, which begins on Monday. Cycling, Formula 1 and tennis: what’s your favourite sport? Read our preview below and place your smartest bets!

For a long time, it looked like the covid crisis would make the most important cycling event in the world impossible. Finally, our cycling fanatics can breathe a sigh of relief: their beloved Tour de France is set to start on Saturday, August 29, to arrive at the end of the Champs-Élysées in Paris by Sunday, September 20. To say that this 2020 edition will be a special one is a huge understatement. Draconic safety measures, travel restrictions, health risks: they can and will all influence the course of the race.

Some of the greats of the sport will be absent due to other commitments elsewhere in a cycling season that pack everything into a few months. Still, last year’s protagonists are back. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), the winner of last year’s edition, will try to add a second yellow jersey to his growing collection of trophies. The inimitable Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will once more hunt for the green jersey, and Romain Bardet will want to show off his climbing skills once again.

There are plenty of challengers, too, most notably in team Jumbo-Visma. As Belgians, we will be looking forward Wout Van Aert, who’s dead set on vengeance after a hard crash in his debut last year. With Primož Roglič and Tom Dumoulin, Van Aert is in the good company of reliable contenders. Who will impress the competition the most in a highly unpredictable Tour de France?

The Formula 1 season, too, got jumbled as several high-profile GP’s had to be cancelled or rescheduled. Luckily for the fans, one of the most exciting tracks in Formula 1 still sees action. This Sunday, the final of the Belgian Grand Prix takes off on the famous Spa-Francorchamps. With few chances left to make a mark on the season, all pilots will be on edge on this challenging circuit!

Last year, when Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) was a somewhat surprising winner, circumstances were less hectic in a sport that seems to thrive on such unpredictability already. Of the current contenders, both Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault/Ferrari) have won the Belgian GP 3 times. These two giants of the sport are expected to write another chapter in their epic sportive rivalry.

Odds-wise, however, it seems to be Hamilton who holds the better cards. Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s partner ats Mercedes, is about as likely to win as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Mercedes has unfinished business in Belgium after going without a win at Spa-Francorchamps for 2 years in a row now, and will quickly state its prime directive: first place. Will Verstappen rain on their parade once more?

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the US Open at Flushing Meadows is only the second Grand Slam of the year after January’s Australian Open. Wimbledon was outright cancelled, and Roland Garros was postponed to the end of September, so the biggest stars will play two Grand Slams in relatively quick succession. Could this busy schedule cause upsets as athletes try to balance their performances?

In last year’s US Open, Spanish master Rafael Nadal won the men’s tournament, while Canadian underdog Bianca Andreescu grabbed her first Grand Slam in the women’s tournament. As far as the contenders for this year is concerned, a lot of names are still up in the air. Novak Djokovic is expected to be the man to beat, while Serena Williams will try for another Grand Slam on her home soil.

Challenging the big names, we find strong players like Belgium’s own David Goffin in the men’s tournament. In the women’s event, Garbiñe Muguruza seems like a dark horse worthy of a bet. With so many factors to consider in this year’s US Open, it’s particularly hard to make solid predictions. You’ll need to check all updates to know what’s going on if you want to make some money here!


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