2018 Tour De France Betting Opportunuities
There is a lot of debate as to whether Chris Froome is or is not going to be allowed to take part in this year’s Tour De France, however what many betting sites have chosen to do is to open their early betting markets without him being part of the race.
As such, if he does take part in it all bets will be settled as if he hadn’t taken part in it, so his position will not count if he does get to take his chances and wins or is placed in that race!
This year’s 2018 Tour de France will be the 105th running of that cycling race and for reference if you are not a fan of the sport of cycling it is one of the major three Grand Tours that take place throughout each year.
The dates to put on your calendar if you are planning on watching or even betting on this race are the 7th of July right through until the 29th of July 2018, and what a spectacle of cycling you will be in for!
There is a total of 21 stages that make up the Tour De France, and for all cycylists that do take part in it and complete each stage fully in total, they will have covered a whopping 3,329 km which is some 2,069 miles!
This guide has been compiled to give you some ideas of what the early betting markets look like, and it may help you select a few cycylists and some additional bets and wager types you can place on it too.
Betting Outright Without Froome
When you take Froome out of the betting markets, you are going to find some interesting odds do then become available, and most betting sites are offering betting markets that do just that.
It is Richie Porte that most fans of the sport are going to be interested in betting on and with his odds of winning being 9/4. Those odds may be tempting enough for you to have a bet on him too. However, Nairo Quintana does come into the reckoning and you will be foolish to overlook him at his current odds of 3/1.
Mikel Landa is in with an excellent chance of winning without Froome and if he is someone you have been following, then now is the time to start mopping up his odds of 4/1. Tom Dumoulin has plenty of fans and if you think he is the likely winner without Froome then you will find most betting sites offering you 9/2 on him being the winner.
Anything can and often does happen in the Tour De France, and as such a few additional cyclists to consider having a bet on include Vincenzo Nibali at 8/1, Romain Bardet who is currently trading and being offered at around the 10/1 mark, and Geraint Thomas could surprise everyone and win this event without Froome too and his odds are currently 12/1.
Other Betting Options for the Tour De France
You should consider thinking outside of the box when you are interested in betting on the Tour De France for there are going to be plenty of additional ways that you can choose to bet on that major cycling event.
As soon as any race is in full flow and has started then that is when the live and in-play betting markets will open-up and become available to you, and that will see the odds on various things happening in a single race being updated in real time and the race unfolds.
However, it may also be beneficial for you not to place bets but lay them, and to do so you will need to sign up to a betting exchange.
A betting exchange is a betting site on which you have the option of being a punter and placing any bets on any race you wish to place a bet on, or instead if you prefer you can lay bets with other punters,
By laying a bet you must first decide what odds you wish to offer other punters, and then you will be matched up with a punter who wishes to place a bet with you using the odds you offered.
If their bet wins you pay them out their winnings, but if it loses you then get to keep their stakes, minus a small betting exchange commission, that is charged to all winning bets placed or laid.
Past Winners of the Tour De France
There have of course been plenty of winners of the Tour De France over the years, and below you are going to find an overview of the most recent winners.
Chris Froome from Team Sky won this race in 2017, 2016 and in 2015, and as such you can see why there is uproar as to whether he is going to be allowed to line up and take his chances in 2018, for he would be long odds-on to win if he had or can take part in this race!
In 2014 it was the turn of a cyclist from Italy to win the Toru De France and that cyclist was Vincenzo Nibali who was sponsored by and was part of the Astana team. Chris Froome also won this event in 2013 as a cyclist from Great Britain who as mentioned above, is part of Team Sky who are very ardent sponsors of this event.
Another British cyclist also won the Tour De France back in 2012 and that was Bradley Wiggins who was also sponsored by Team Sky. The 2011 win was an Australian cyclist that being Cadel Evans who at the time was part of the BMC Racing Team.
2010 was the year that Alberto Contador was disqualified from being the winner of this race and as such promoted to first place was Andy Schleck.