The second one-day classic monument of 2023 is upon us come Sunday, April 2. We have ourselves the 107th running of the Tour De Flanders (or the Ronde van Vlaanderen as it’s known around the world) throughout Belgium. You’ll want to read this completely through before you lay a dollar betting on it. That’s because we’re giving you expert betting advice on the 2023 Tour De Flanders right here!
Let's first take a look at the Tour de Flanders odds, specifically on the outright winner. Online bookmakers have up-to-date cycling betting odds, and as we write this, the following cyclists are favored to win most in the field:
|Mathieu van der Poel||+275||+275||+275|
|Wout van Aert||+330||+330||+330|
|Dylan van Vaarle||+1400||+1400||+1400|
2023 Tour De Flanders Preview
As we preview the 2023 Tour de Flanders, we have to start with the change in the course, well sort of. It's more like a return to a previous way of doing things. You see, from 2017 to 2022, the race began in Antwerp. However, that is no more. Instead, it'll be going off at Bruges/Brugge. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was the usual starting point from 1998 to 2016 for those that remember. Though, it's worth remembering many of the cyclists competing today were not around back then seven years ago.
Of course, the new starting-off point changes things at a deeper level. The first 136 kilometers (84.5 miles for those Americans reading) will be a tune-up before the first ascent of the classic Oude Kwaremount. There's only one cobbled sector early on (compared to two last year) so competitor's legs might stay fresh a bit longer with this change.
Still, the loop around Oudenaarde is where this race is won and last, as it always is. There are a whopping 18 climbs from the first ascent of Oude Kwaremount to the finish line so riders will be tested time and time again. In total, the riders will need to climb 3,227 meters on this course from start to finish.
Best Bets To Win 2023 Tour De Flanders
You saw the betting odds above, didn't you? It's really a three-way race between the usual suspects — van Aert, van der Poel, and Pogacar. Given their current lines, you can safely bet on two of them to win the 2023 Tour De Flanders without eating all your profits. That's our approach to this year's race and we're prioritizing bets on these two:
Mathieu van der Poel
If we were forced to make a single bet on this, it would undoubtedly go to Van der Poel. More than anything else, he's "been there, done that" more than his competitors at this event. Van der Poel is a two-time winner (2022 and 2021), plus finished runner-up in 2021. Not only has he dominated here the past three years, but he's had similar domination in the past three races of 2023, finishing in the podium each time (including a win at Milano-San Remo). All the momentum is with Van der Poel going into Sunday, and you'd be crazy not to throw money on him.
Wout van Aert
This is a home race for the Belgium-born Van Aert. He's never won here, though, but he's been mighty close (second place in 2020). He caught COVID last year, which forced him out, but he enters this weekend at full strength and fresh off a runner-up finish at Gent-Wevelgem. Team Jumbo-Visma is off to a fiery 2023, not just with Van Aert, but also with Tiesj Benoot and Christophe Laporte, but make no mistake, the leader remains Van Aert. The team's strength could propel Van Aert to his first win at this competition.
Obviously, we're forgoing a bet on Pogacar and before you ask, we'll explain right now: the Slovenian phenom is actually inexperienced at this event. Last year was his first go in De Ronde, and he had a so-so performance (by his standards), missing the podium barely at fourth. Look, Pogacar is obviously one of the world's best but his inexperience at this monument gives us pause in betting on him compared to the other two.
How To Watch 2023 Tour De Flanders
If you’re in North America (that means you, the United States and Canada), the go-to place to watch the 2023 Tour de Flanders is on FloBikes and/or FloSports app. For a small subscription price, you get access to this weekend’s events, for men and women alike. Replays will also be available immediately after.
We mention replays because, well, this event will begin to live air extremely early due to the massive time difference in the Americas and Europe. The start time for the men’s event is 3:55 am EST. Under normal sleeping hours, you might only get a chance to see the ending live but that’s up to you to decide.
How To Bet On 2023 Tour De Flanders
Any and all 2023 Tour de Flanders bets can be found at one of the bookmakers listed below. You'll find every type of sports bet you can think of, from outright winners to props. If you want to learn more about any individual site, then read our up-to-date sportsbook reviews too (links are included in the table).