For bettors with room for risk in their bet slips, tonight’s men’s omnium event has the potential for an upset. There’s a clear favorite to win, but the potential upset isn’t who bettors may expect. Like the 109kg men’s weightlifting event, there’s a young challenger who could not only medal, but also swipe the gold from the older favorite. Like betting on any other potential upset, it’s a risk. But for bettors with risk to spare, this could be a strong choice.
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If bettors have been following our Olympic coverage, then they’ll be familiar with the futures-only individual events. The omnium event is another individual event where only futures bets are available.
The omnium event is actually a set of four races. It begins with the scratch race, which is a standard 10 km race where the first racer across the finish line wins. Next is the tempo race, where the first cyclist across the line on each lap gets one point and anyone who manages to lap the highest scorer gets 20 points. It’s another 10 km race on a 250-meter track.
The third event is the elimination event. Whoever crosses the line last at the end of each lap is eliminated until there’s one rider left. The omnium ends with the points race, where cyclists earn more points based on each lap and even more points on sprints every 10 laps. Whoever has the most points at the end of this 25 km race takes the gold.
It’s a grueling endurance event that also tests cyclists’ strategies. But the endurance race’s length also leaves opportunities for the top cyclists to earn a few critical points on their way to the gold. And the top three cyclists offer an exciting matchup.
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There’s a good reason that Benjamin Thomas’ futures have gone negative. He holds three gold medals across two world championships. Two of those gold medals are in the omnium event, which makes him a standout favorite to win the Olympic omnium.
However, his two closest competitors have plenty to boast about to. In the same World Championships held in Berlin in 2020, Jan-Willem van Schip won silver, and Matthew Walls won bronze. Bettors may think that’s enough to put money on van Schip.
But Matthew Walls is the better pick for an upset. He has gold medals from the 2020 European Track Cycling Championships, one in elimination and one in the omnium. His gold medals stretch back to 2018, too, where he earned a gold medal in the omnium event at the UCI Track World Cup. These are only some of his highlights, and the snapshot of his impressive record makes him the favored underdog.
Summary Of Betting On Men’s Cycling Omnium
The omnium is happening in the early hours of Thursday morning. So, bettors who want to wager on it should do so today. Even though Benjamin Thomas is favored to win, the top cyclists are closer than their sportsbook odds suggest. Jan-Willem van Schip was on Thomas’ heels in the World Championship and Matthew Walls was right behind them. But Walls has a history of gold medals and growth that could push him to the top of the Olympic podium. While the United States sleeps, these Olympic cyclists will compete in one of the most difficult cycling events of the Olympics.