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The Jump: Wiggins’ exit makes Louis Smith clear favourite to win

| 14.02.2017

It’s a reality show like no other, having seen more injuries over the last three years than Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll put together. But who’s hot and who’s not in this year’s edition of The Jump?

Ladbrokes News takes a look at where the money has gone so far, and what Sir Bradley Wiggins’ early exit has done to the market.

It’s no surprise to see Louis Smith leading the way at 6/5 to go on and win the show, and those odds have come in over the last few days. That’s because Wiggins was a 5/1 shot before he fractured his leg. And those odds made him second-favourite behind fellow Olympian Smith.

That means Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson is back behind Smith in the running at 5s, with Spencer Matthews and Gareth Thomas behind him at 6/1 and 7/1 respectively.

The Made in Chelsea star reportedly slated Wiggins earlier this week, claiming it was the cyclist’s ‘own fault’ for getting injured – something which hasn’t gone down well with fans of the show.

Remarkably, the leading quintet in this market are all male. In fact, the shortest priced female is Jade Jones, whose odds have fallen from 25/1 to just 10s in just over a week.

Meanwhile, Emma Parker Bowles remains the rank outsider at 100/1, while Kadeena Cox (40/1) is the least popular contestant with punters, receiving just 0.98 per cent of all bets placed.

However, the most surprising price is the 8/1 on offer for Jake Quickenden to win. It doesn’t take an eagle-eyed viewer to tell you that the former X Factor contestant is waiting in the wings to be confirmed as Bradley Wiggins’ replacement.

While he’s widely expected to take to the slopes in place of the Tour de France winner, nothing is set in stone as of yet.

With that in mind, it’s likely those odds will plummet should his involvement be confirmed by producers.

Ladbrokes Latest Betting

2017 The Jump winner:

Louis Smith – 6/5

Jason Robinson – 5/1

Spencer Matthews – 6/1

Gareth Thomas – 7/1

Jake Quickenden – 8/1

Jade Jones – 10/1

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Click here for a full list of 2017 The Jump odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.