Poland or Norway are expected to be successful at the 2017 Tour de Ski, which concludes on January 8 at Val di Fiemme.
Tour de Ski is a skiing event taking place across the length and breadth of the country just like Tour de France. Inaugurated in 2006, the event is held in Central Europe. Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Czech Republic have primarily played host to the competition.
It usually consists of 6 to 9 stages and it is held around the Christmas festive season and New Year break. A prize money of just over €800,000 is equally shared between the men’s and women’s game. This leads to a lot of competition for becoming the next Tour de Ski winner.
Even though the prize money offered for the men’s and women’s game is similar, the single biggest differentiator between the two events would be the distance. The men’s game is slightly longer than the women’s game. As a result, there could be challenges in terms of making Tour de Ski predictions.
In terms of the men’s event, the Swiss and the Norwegians dominated this event, winning six of 10 editions. Dario Cologna has been a hugely successful skier after having won thrice, and becoming the sole contributor to Switzerland’s success in this competition.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby managed to wrestle back the crown from Petter Northug after originally winning the event in the 2013-14 season. Considering his good record in recent years, Tour de Ski odds are likely to make him a favourite for the 2017 edition.
Poland and Norway have been hugely dominant, sharing the last seven women’s titles. In terms of outright dominance, though, Justyna Kowalczyk is by far the most successful. She won all four titles without any exception from 2009-10 to 2012-13 and it gives her the best odds of success.
In terms of stage victories, though, Petter Northug holds a much better record in the men’s game after having won 13 stages compared to second placed Lukáš Bauer, who has just five. This convincing record might just make Northug one of the fierce competitors according to the 2017 Tour de Ski betting tips. The difference in terms of stage successes is limited in the women’s game with Justyna Kowalczyk’s 14 stage wins being closely followed by Marit Bjørgen and Therese Johaug with 11 each.
The 2016-17 edition will begin at Val Müstair in Switzerland and will conclude at the Val di Fiemme in Italy. Oberstdorf and Toblach will be the other venues in the event, which is expected to attract quite a lot of bet online interest.
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