Tour de France 2018: Betting Preview, Odds, Favourites
The Tour De France is a world-known bike race that annually takes place on the roads of France. With the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana, this sports contest is included in the list of the three most prestigious racing events of the world. The distance of the race stretches for over two thousand and one hundred miles, therefore there is always a chance to choose from a multitude of opportunities for betting along the course, be it pre-match or in-play betting. The bike race itself is divided into stages, so, it is possible to wager not only on the winner of the full race but also on a bike rider to win a certain stage.
The Tour de France 2018 is the 105th edition of the competition. Taking place from Saturday, 7 July to Sunday, 29 July 2018, this year’s race will have the shortest length of the distance if compared with all previous contests that were held from the beginning of this century. It will start in Noirmoutier en l’Ile and finish at the Champs-Elysees stage in Paris. This year, the Tour de France will contain twenty-two stages, and as many as 176 riders being a part of twenty-two teams will compete for the main trophy. Eighteen teams were invited to the sports event on an automatic basis, while four other brigades were claimed additionally. All the teams previously participated in the contest, which fuels the interest to the race even more.
Tour de France Betting Preview and Odds
Chris Froome was the winner at the Tour de France 2017 for the 4rth time, he had also been the odds-on favourite to be the best in this year’s bike race by the moment his doping case investigation started. A test given in the course of Vuelta a Espana revealed the winner had twice the allowable level of salbutamol in his body. Now, Froome’s participation at the Tour de France 2018 is subject to scrutiny, and if his case isn’t settled by the time of the race start, the rider will not be allowed to participate in the sporting event. At present, we don’t know whether the British cyclist will compete for the title, however, taking into account that only few betting sites offer betting odds for his win, it is possible to assume that he won’t.
If the reigning winner misses the bike race, Richie Porte, an Australian professional racer, will be the main favourite to win the Tour de France 2018 crown. The most likely candidate to claim the trophy fallen out of the race last year, however, he was reigning champion’s closest contender. In addition, at the Tour de France 2016, Richie Porte managed to take the high 5th position. Without a doubt, the racer will hold on to the top spot if Team Sky’s leader doesn’t participate in the contest. Sportsbooks are now offering 13/4 betting odds for the Australian to win the title in France.
Last year was discouraging for Nairo Quintana, who failed to lift either the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France trophies. With that, the Colombian racer is more than highly focused on the forthcoming sports event. He has yet to lift the Tour de France trophy, however, two 2nd and one 3rd places make him the second odds-on favourite to finish the race at the first place. Now, online bookmakers offer 9/2 betting odds for Nairo Quintana to win his 1st Tour de France award.
The local spectators will support Romain Bardet, who can now be backed at 9/1 to grab the major prize. The French cyclist was a last year’s discovery after he finished the tour in the third position in the final general classification. Therefore, there are strong reasons to expect Romain Bardet’s powerful performance among the major 2018 Tour de France highlights.
The other promising cyclist Wilco Kelderman is also set to contend for the victory. While Sunweb’s leader was informed to have a supporting role in the upcoming race, he will definitely try to win the title following the results of the competition. It is worth mentioning that the 27-year-old missed 3 months after an injury in Tirreno-Adriatico, so, he needs to pick the required form in order to compete with his rivals. According to online bookmakers’ prices, the Dutch racer is now a 99/1 competitor to lift the trophy.
Finally, we’d like you to take a look at the Tour de France betting odds offered for all main favourites to be the outright winner:
Richie Porte – 13/4;
Nairo Quintana – 9/2;
Mikel Landa – 5/1;
Vincenzo Nibali – 7/1;
Romain Bardet – 9/1;
Tom Dumoulin – 9/1;
Geraint Thomas – 11/1;
Egan Bernal – 19/1;
Jakob Fuglsang – 19/1;
Alejandro Valverde – 21/1
Making bets on the outright winner of the forthcoming racing event is undoubtedly the best way to follow and enjoy the most exciting Tour de France highlights. Why not place the right bet right now?