Last year’s Tour de France marked an incredible year for the race. With Chris Froome going into it as a heavy favourite, it was in fact teammate Geraint Thomas who came out on top, winning the Yellow Jersey and Sports Personality of the Year in the process.
The Tour de France 2019 will see another great year, with the field a slightly more even playing one given both Froome and last year’s runner-up Tom Dumoulin being ruled out.
That leaves it all to play for, with varying Tour de France tips coming from the bookmakers.
The race gets underway on July 6, running for three weeks as 22 teams battle it out for the General Classification, alongside the many other jerseys up for grabs.
It’s an incredible race to bet on, and here at Freebets.co.uk, we’re always keen to share our betting tips.
Below you’ll find our complete guide to Tour de France Betting, including the latest odds and information about the race.
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The Tour de France odds have switched dramatically over the last few weeks. Team Ineos leader Chris Froome started our favourite before a horror crash has left him fighting for his career. That’s led to William Hill marking last year’s winner as a 9/4 favourite.
He’s just ahead of fellow Ineos rider Egan Bernal, with British rider Adam Yates also among the favourites.
The full list of favourites in the Tour de France 2019 betting odds can be found below:
As well as the outright market, punters will also be eligible to bet on a number of other markets, including the likes of Team Classification, to win a stage, top three/10 finishes and the winners of the other jerseys.
Each year 22 teams enter the Tour de France, with 18 being made up from the recognised UCI WorldTeams, which are the home of some of the world’s biggest stars.
Four more teams are then invited as wildcards.
For those of you who aren’t particularly clued up on the race, while it may seem complicated Tour betting, it is relatively simple.
The Tour is one of the most brutal endurance races on the planet, covering over 2,000 miles across 21 stages.
The official route of the Tour de France begins in Brussels this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first victory in the race.
The winner of the race is the cyclist who completes all 21 stages in the fastest accumulated time.
As well as this, there are a number of other prizes on offer, all securing a different colour jersey:
The Yellow Jersey is worn throughout the race and is held by the leader in the General Classification, i.e. the rider winning the Tour de France. At the end of each stage it is given to the leading rider, with it possible to change hands a number of times throughout a race.
The rider awarded the Yellow Jersey after the 21st stage is the winner of the Tour de France.
The Polka Dot jersey is awarded to the rider with the most hill climb points at the end of each stage. Across the race, there are various mountain and hill stages and the climbers who are first to the top earn points.
The rider with the most accumulated points at the end of each stage is awarded the jersey, with the rider holding the most points at the end of Stage 21 being crowned the King of the Mountains.
The Green Jersey is handed out to the best sprinters in the race. The award works in the same way to the King of the Mountains, with sprint points being awarded to riders at predetermined sprint points on each stage.
The first 15 riders across the sprint line earn points, with the rider holding the most accumulated sprint points at the end of every stage being awarded the Green Jersey.
As with the other jerseys, the rider with the most sprint points at the end of Stage 21 wins the Green Jersey.
The White Jersey is awarded in the same manner as the General Classification but is for young riders under the age of 26.
The Tour de France is going to be an interesting one this year. Many riders will be buoyed by some big names missing, perhaps paving the way for the likes of Nairo Quintana, who continues to prove himself as one of the best.
The Colombian, who rides for Movistar will certainly be a good bet for a top three finish and at 12/1 with Coral to win, he’s worth a punt on the winner of the General Classification.
Geraint Thomas will be desperate to retain the Yellow Jersey and with the strength of Team Ineos (formerly Sky) it’s more than likely the Welshman, or Egan Bernal, will come out on top.
Only one of the last seven winners have come from outside the team, so we certainly expect them to flex their muscles further in their first race with Ineos’ backing.
It’s going to be an interesting year for Mark Cavendish. The last few seasons he’s been battling illness, but claims to have beaten it now and will be a good bet to win a stage this summer and further cement his legend on the Tour de France.
The Tour De France was brought to a halt abruptly this week when snow and hail on the Alps was adjudged to be a reason to cancel it.
Team Ineos sports director Nicolas Portal was disappointed, saying: “We had the race in our hands… but the riders’ safety comes first, ASO (organisers) did a great job.
New Tour de France leader after stage abandoned early on day of dramatic twists https://t.co/sp6jUk911o— The Independent (@Independent) July 26, 2019
“We wanted to smash it today and the guys were super motivated. It would have been ideal if the race could have continued.”
Defending Tour De France champion Garaint Thomas’ chances of winning once again took a hit on Saturday. He fell further behind current Yellow Jersey holder Julian Alaphilippe. While he stays second in the standings, he is now over two minutes behind the Frenchman.
Alaphilippe was perhaps lucky not to have his lead cut further, but he crossed the line six seconds after eventual winner Thibaut Pinot.
Simon Yates sprinted to his first ever Tour De France victory in stage 12 between Toulouse and Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
Yates hit the front after the final 90 degree turn. Julian Alaphilippe still holds the Yellow Jersey, and Yates isn’t likely to make inroads in the full leaderboard.
Garaint Thomas has closed the gap on Julian Alaphilippe at the top of the Tour De France standings after stage 10 on Monday.
“I had a really good day in the end,” Thomas said. “We had a little go a bit earlier but it wasn’t quite the right conditions, but we were always attentive and ready for anything.”
It doesn’t look good for defending champion Garaint Thomas’ chances of another Tour De France crown this year as he lost yet more ground on Julian Alaphilippe. The Welshman finished with overall.
On Saturday, Belgian Thomas De Gendt won the stage in dramatic circumstances but Alaphilippe kept hold of the overall lead and the Yellow Jersey.
Geraint Thomas lost time on two of his Tour de France rivals as France's Julian Alaphilippe took the yellow jersey with a solo win on stage three.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 8, 2019
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British rider Geraint Thomas was one of a number caught up in a mass crash on stage one of the Tour De France. His team later tweeted to offer an update on his condition.
But in the action, it was a superb finish as the legendary Peter Sagan pushed Mike Teunissen all the way, but the Belgian held firm in a photo finish to claim the Yellow Jersey.