The Olympic Games are nearly upon us, so now's the time to study the form guide to see who could win gold in each and every cycling event
Men’s road race
Alejandro Valverde (Spain) is the slight favourite in what seems to be a very open race along the roads of Rio de Janeiro. The Movistar rider has won virtually everything there is to offer in the world of cycling, but an Olympic gold has always eluded him.
You can get Valverde at 5/1 at Coral, while his nearest rivals are set to be Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali (8/1 at Ladbrokes) and Britain’s Chris Froome (16/1 at Coral.)
For an outside bet, consider Tour of Poland winner Tim Wellens, who is widely available at 33/1.
Women’s road race
Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) and Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain) are virtually neck and neck in the betting stakes ahead of the women’s race on August 7.
Van der Breggen’s best odds are 4/1 at Ladbrokes, while Armitstead is at 5/1 with Bet365. Megan Guarnier (USA) and Marianne Vos (Netherlands) aren’t far behind in the reckoning, with best odds of 11/2 and 13/2 respectively.
Men’s time trial
The broken arm suffered by Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) at the end of the Tour de France has set back his Olympic time trial hopes, with the odds-on favourite being replaced by Chris Froome in the betting.
Froome’s is now odds-on across the board, apart from at Betfred, where he can be backed at evens. Elsewhere Tony Martin (Germany) can be found at 7/1 at Stan James, while Portugal’s Nelson Oliveira can be backed at 40/1 after impressing against the clock at the Tour de France.
Women’s time trial
Van der Breggen is again the big favourite for the women’s time trial, with best odds of 15/8 available at Sky Bet. World champion Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) can be backed at 4/1 at Bet365 and Kristin Armstrong (USA) – winner of the last two Olympic time trials – is 13/2 to make it a hat-trick.
Men’s team pursuit
Great Britain v Australia again? It looks to be that way, with Sir Bradley Wiggins‘s Team GB squad available at 4/5 to take gold once more. Australia are at 13/8 to repeat their win from the World Championships, with New Zealand (16/1) a long way off in third.
Women’s team pursuit
USA and Great Britain look to be the teams expected to make the final of the women’s event, with the Americans odd-on favourites to take the gold. With Team GB available at 5/2 at Bet365, Australia are a long way out as third favourites at 10/1 in some places.
Men’s team sprint
Great Britain aren’t looking good to retain their Olympic title, having been off the pace at this year’s world championships. In their place, New Zealand have been making strides and are odds-on to win gold in Rio.
Women’s team sprint
China are the team to beat in the women’s team sprint, with 1/2 the best you’ll be able to back them at. But the rules of the team sprint often mean it’s easy to get yourself relegated, meaning some of the longer shots may be worth a shout.
Russia are at second favourites for the gold, followed by Germany some way back.
Men’s individual sprint
Jason Kenny (Great Britain) always turns it on in Olympic years and if his World Championship sprint win is anything to go by he will be the man to beat in Rio as well.
At 7/4 he’s favourite to beat the same man he overcame in London in February, Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer, who can be backed at 11/4.
Women’s individual sprint
Zhong Tianshi (China) and Kristina Vogel (Germany) are the ones to beat in the sprint match races, at 9/4 and 7/2 respectively at Bet365.
Britain’s Katy Marchant can be found at 40/1 with the same company, while Becky James is at 12/1 with Boyle Sports, but it’s not clear which rider will be given the nod for the event.
The men’s keirin looks to be one of the most fiercely contested events on the track at these Games, with Joachim Eilers (Germany), Ed Dawkins (New Zealand), Francois Pervis (France) and Kenny (Great Britain) almost level in the betting.
Eilers is slight favourite at 11/4 with Kenny available at 4/1,
Germany’s Kristina Vogel, who won gold at the World Championships in February, enters as slight favourite (7/2) ahead of Australia’s Anna Meares (7/2), who won silver to Victoria Pendleton in London four years ago.
Becky James is as long as 9/1 to win gold, but could be a shout for the podium in an each-way bet, having impressed with a bronze medal at the Worlds.
For Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) to win gold in the omnium he’ll have to overcome two-time world champion Fernando Gaviria (Colombia). Gaviria is at 9/4 with Sky Bet, while Cavendish can be backed at 4/1 with Paddy Power.
Laura Trott is the one to beat as she aims to retain her title from 2012. The Brit is at 10/11 at Paddy Power, with long-term rival Sarah Hammer (USA) at 4/1 and Australian Annette Edmondson at 13/2 with Bet365.
Niek Kimmann (Netherlands) may only be 20, but he’s already a BMX world champion and is at 4/1 at many outlets for Olympic gold. Britain’s Liam Philips can definitely challenge for gold and is at 7/1 for the win with Boyle Sports.
Mariana Pajon (Colombia) is favourite to defend her Olympic crown in Rio. She won the event aged just 20 in London in 2012 and goes into Rio with two more World Championship titles to her name.
Men’s cross country
Six-time cross country world champion Nino Schurter (Switzerland) is unsurprisingly the bookies’ favourite for gold in Rio, with odds around the evens mark across the board. Reigning road race world champion Peter Sagan (Slovakia) can be found with odds of 9/1 at Bet365 as he makes a rare return to the off-road scene.
Women’s cross country
Three-time world champion Annika Langvad (Denmark) is at 11/4 to bring home the gold in Rio ahead of Jolanda Neff (Switzerland). Former road race world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot is competing for France and is at 10/1 at Bet 365.