Chris Froome odds-on to retain Tour de France title with Bradley Wiggins rated a 16/1 outsider by Sky Bet
By Tim Clement - Twitter: @SkyTimClement. Last Updated: July 22, 2013 4:38pm
Chris Froome; Expected to continue as Team Sky's lead rider
Chris Froome is expected to continue to command leadership at Team Sky with Sky Bet making him favourite for next year's Tour de France.
Froome is 4/6 to retain the yellow jersey next year after becoming the second successive Britain to win the title, following up Bradley Wiggins' historic success last year.
Wiggins, on the other hand, is a 16/1 outsider, with Sky Bet clearly sceptical over his chances of being Team Sky's lead rider again.
Froome is the younger of the two at 28, five years the junior of Wiggins, with Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford suggesting he is yet to reach his peak.
This year's runner-up Nairo Quintana is rated the 9/2 second favourite ahead of Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (13/2) and two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (12/1).
Sky Bet's Ned Brooker said: "The nature of Froome's triumph means we have to consider him the man to beat and go 5/1 on him winning the next three titles.
"Froome has proved not only a worthy winner but a popular one in the face of the controversy that naturally follows the sport following the Lance Armstrong revelations, so it is tough to see anyone but him leading Team Sky going forward."