Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins The Betting Favorite

Suspensions and injuries have depleted the Tour de France field, but that doesn't mean the 2012 race lacks strong competitors. Heading into Saturday's prologue, Britain's Bradley Wiggins is the favorite to win the yellow jersey.

Current bedding odds from Bovada have Wiggins as the 7/5 favorite and for good reason. Wiggins has been especially strong in 2012, becoming the first rider to win Paris-Nice, the Tour of Romandie and The Criterium du Dauphine in the same season.

Wiggins, who will ride with Team Sky, is attempting to become the first British rider to win the Tour de France. His best finish at the Tour came in 2009 when he came in fourth. This time, he avoided declaring himself the favorite, instead pointing to defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans.

"I still think Cadel is the man to beat,'' Wiggins said, according to the Associated Press. "He was the winner last year, he's a good time trialist, a good climber, he can win sprints on small mountains, so he without doubt is still the man to beat for this year's Tour.''

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