The 102nd Tour de France gets underway on the 4th July, with Utrecht the host city for the Grand Depart. On the 26th July, some 21 stages and 3,360 kilometres later, the cyclists will make the traditional ride up the Champs Elysees before the winner is crowned. As the race gets ever nearer the excitement and anticipation grows and if you fancy a bet on this year’s TDF then our race preview has everything you need to help you make a profit.
Our live odds comparison makes sure you get the best available odds on whoever you fancy in the outright winner betting, whilst if you aren’t sure who to back our Tour de France predictions and betting tips are sure to give you some great pointers.
As ever in such an unpredictable race, there are sure to be plenty of surprises, with a large field, crashes, injuries and the weather all likely to play their part at some stage. However, much as the TDF, with its days of attrition-filled two-wheel warfare, approximately 200 entrants and seemingly endless kilometres, can seem like a nightmare from a betting perspective, the fact that it is such an incredible challenge actually whittles that large field down quite nicely for us bettors.
Moreover, with more than 3,000 km to ride, there is little or no place for luck, nor for one or two outstanding performances to skew the overall results and as such, predicting who will triumph at the Tour de France may not be the impossible task it could seem at first glance.
Indeed, this year, if the men who set the odds are to be believed, there are four serious contenders in the outright winner market: 2013 champion Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador, winner in 2007 and 2009, and the defending champion, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali. That quartet are priced at respective betting odds of 9/4, 5/2, 7/2 and 7/1 and given the field is 25/1 bar the bookmakers are making a clear prediction of who the genuine contenders are.
Surprises can happen at the TDF, indeed, Nibali’s success last year was unexpected and largely down to the injuries to several other leading cyclists, including Team Sky’s Froome. That said we simply have to agree with the bookies here and we would be highly surprised if the winner was not drawn from the four heading the betting pre-Tour.
That said, there are slight question marks against them all. Is Froome the same rider since a series of crashes and injuries? Can Contador, now aged 32, still mix it with the very, very best? And is Nibali really going to be able to defend a crown he only won due to the misfortune of others?
On balance, therefore, the man we favour is the young Colombian, Quintana, and we predict he will go one better than his second at the 2013 Tour de France. Odds of 5/2 with Bet365 for Quintana to be the overall winner of this year’s TDF look a shade big to us and given his brilliant climbing we predict he will prove too good this time around.Google+