Tour de France 2019 Betting and Odds Preview

tour de franceThe Tour de France is one of the three Grand Tours in cycling. Held annually each July in France, it consists of 21 day-long stages over 23 days. The race occasionally passes through nearby countries with the route changing every year.

Organized since 1903, the Tour de France is currently run by Amaury Sport Organisation. The race is held each year since 1903, with the exception during the years of the two World Wars. Even though the route changes every year, the format stays the same. It starts on the mountain roads in the Alps and Pyrenees and finishes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Currently, the race runs 23 days in July, with 21 day-long segments.

Between 20 and 22 teams take part each year in the Tour de France. Eight riders from each team are fighting for the trophy. The race alternates between flat races and time trials, with each rider’s time timed to the finish. All the times are compounded with previous stage times, with the rider with lowest cumulative finishing times being the leader of the race and the wearer of the famous yellow jersey. That doesn’t mean he’s the champion, though.

Jacque Anquetil, the legendary Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, and Bernard Hinault are the most successful Tour de France winners. They all have 5 wins each, with Chris Froome one title shy of their record. Froome last won the race in 2017 and will be looking to get that elusive fifth title this year.

Last year, Froome’s compatriot Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France. Froome was third last year, but he’ll surely try to win the race this year. With the race close, bookies have already started offering Tour de France odds with familiar names among the top favourites.

Tour De France - Winner Betting Odds

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Chris Froome1-10026/41502.507/51402.405/41252.257/51402.4013/101302.307/51402.401-10027/51402.406/41502.50
Geraint Thomas10/3333.3333333334.335/22503.503300433004330047/23504.503300410/3333.3333333334.33330045/22503.50
Tom Dumoulin77008550066600777008660076600766007770086600755006
Primoz Roglic20200021121200131212001316160017121200131616001712120013202000211212001312120013
Egan Bernal12120013141400151414001514140015141400151212001314140015121200131414001514140015
Richie Porte14140015101000111212001314140015121200131818001912120013141400151212001310100011
Adam Yates2020002112120013181800191818001918180019   18180019202000211818001912120013
Nairo Quintana14140015141400151616001716160017161600172020002116160017141400151616001714140015
Jakob Fuglsang12120013181800191414001514140015141400151414001514140015121200131414001518180019
Mikel Landa25250026333300342828002928280029282800292525002628280029252500262828002933330034
Thibaut Pinot22220023252500262222002325250026222200232525002622220023222200232222002325250026
Romain Bardet33330034333300344040004140400041404000414040004140400041333300344040004133330034
Enric Mas Nicolau25250026404000412828002925250026282800293333003428280029252500262828002940400041
Steven Kruijswijk28280029404000412828002928280029282800293333003428280029282800292828002940400041
Simon Yates33330034252500262525002633330034252500263333003425250026333300342525002625250026
Vincenzo Nibali50500051505000514040004150500051404000415050005140400041505000514040004150500051
Richard Carapaz4040004150500051505000513333003450500051   50500051404000415050005150500051
Rigoberto Uran50500051505000515050005150500051505000513333003450500051505000515050005150500051
Miguel Angel Lopez8080008166660067666600678080008166660067   66660067808000816666006766660067
Daniel Martin12512500126100100001011001000010112512500126100100001011001000010110010000101125125001261001000010110010000101
Alejandro Valverde12512500126100100001011251250012615015000151125125001261001000010112512500126125125001261251250012610010000101
Julian Alaphilippe20020000201150150001511501500015115015000151150150001511001000010115015000151200200002011501500015115015000151
David Gaudu2002000020115015000151250250002512502500025125025000251   25025000251200200002012502500025115015000151
Fabio Aru30030000301100100001012002000020115015000151200200002011001000010120020000201300300003012002000020110010000101
Wilco Kelderman30030000301100100001012502500025125025000251250250002511001000010125025000251300300003012502500025110010000101
Emanuel Buchmann15015000151250250002512002000020120020000201200200002011001000010120020000201150150001512002000020125025000251

Chris Froome Eyeing a Record Fifth Title

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Chris Froome

It’s fair to say that British cyclist Chris Froome is one of the legends in the sport. He has won the Tour de France four times and has trophies from the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana as well. That’s before we include the numerous wins in many stage races. The 33-year old currently rides for Team Sky and is widely considered one of the best stage racing riders of all time.

Last year, Froome only managed to get the third spot behind Tom Dumoulin and Geraint Thomas. It was one of his two podium appearances on the Tour de France. Froome was a big favourite to repeat his 2017 success but eventually lost to his compatriot Thomas.

This year, Froome is back as the main favourite for the 2019 edition of the Tour de France. He’s leading the list with odds of 23/20 at Fun88, Ole777, and 10Bet, while being available for 5/4 at bet365. He’s ahead of last year’s winner Geraint Thomas and second-placed Tom Dumoulin, and even experts are considering Froome to equal Merckx record.

Froome’s odds may not be ideal, but at 23/20, you can still double your money should he put the yellow jersey on at the end of July.

Can Geraint Thomas Win Once Again?

Geraint Thomas surprisingly won last year’s Tour de France. With no success in other major Grand Tours, Thomas took the lead in the second high mountain stage and held it until the end. He became the first Welsh rider to win the general classification at the Tour de France and continued Team Sky’s dominance in the past 7 years.

Geraint Thomas raced his way to victory over favourites such as Froome, Sagan (who won the points classification), and Julian Alaphilippe. This year, Thomas has been beaten to the top favourite spot by his compatriot Chris Froome, although some experts think that he should be the main favourite.

Thomas goes for 11/4 at bet365, Ole777, Fun88, and 10Bet, not that far behind Froome. There’s genuine belief among many cycling experts that Thomas may win the Tour de France this year as well, eventually if pressure for a fifth title gets to Froome.

If you believe that Geraint Thomas has what it takes to win such a grueling race for the second time in a row, you can earn almost 4 times in return for a reasonable bet.

Time for Tom Dumoulin to Shine?

Tom Dumoulin
Tom Dumoulin

Twenty-eight-year-old Belgian cyclist Tom Dumoulin is one of the biggest stars in cycling right now. Known as a great time-trialist, Dumoulin won the general classification in the Giro d’Italia in 2017. Although he has struggled to repeat the same in other Grand Tour events, he won individual stages in the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana as well. Last year, he finished right behind Geraint Thomas and ahead of Chris Froome, and this year he made the top 3 bookie favourite list again.

Tom Dumoulin has been given odds of 21/4 at Ole777, Fun88, and 10Bet, and 11/2 at bet365 to win the 2019 Tour de France. Experts fully believe that Dumoulin will make things hard for Froome and Thomas, and with a bit of luck, he may even win the race.

There’s no question that Dumoulin has the quality to win the Tour de France. He’s younger than both Thomas and Froome, and thanks to his amazing time-trial abilities, he’ll wear the yellow jersey sooner or later. If you think it’ll happen this year, Dumoulin’s odds will bring you a great return.

Can Richie Porte Win His First Grand Tour?

Australian rider Richie Porte never had any major success in the Grand Tours. He won one individual stage at the Tour de France last year and won the young rider classification at the Giro d’Italia back in 2010. Apart from those wins, he never won a Tour de France or Vuelta a Espana. Still, he’s considered a dangerous opponent who can win a place on the podium or even win a Grand Tour event with a bit of luck.

For the 2019 Tour de France, Porte has been given odds of 31/4 at Ole777, Fun88, and 10Bet. Only bet365 is giving the Australian odds of 8/1, which aren’t that different. Those odds don’t make Porte a major favourite, but should Froome, Thomas, and Dumoulin fail to perform at their best, expect Richie Porte to mount a title challenge.

The Australian rider is an excellent time-trialist and has the quality to win. Place a bet on him, and you’ll win a great return if Porte dons the yellow jersey at the end of the race.