Tour de France 2019 Odds & Picks
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Let’s have a quick look at the current Tour de France 2019 odds:
- Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) +200
- Egan Bernal (Colombia) +250
- Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) +550
Bettors get a chance to put their money on the best cyclists in the world when an elite field of racers battles for the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.
The 106th edition of this prestigious race begins in Belgium in Brussels on July 6 and ends in Paris, France on July 28. Live Tour de France Odds will be offered on all 21 stages and the overall champion of the event.
Geraint Thomas Tour de France Odds currently have last year’s champion as the favorite (+200) to defend his title, while rising star and teammate Egan Bernal (+250) is the second choice (Tour de France 2019 Odds provided by Bovada).
Jakob Fuglsang (+550), who won the Critérium du Dauphiné two years ago and finished 12th at the Tour last year, is listed third on the Tour de France Odds boards, while Adam Yates (+1200), who has had a solid start to the 2019 cycling season, is fourth.
“I think we are facing the most open Tour of recent years, there is no clear favourite if you look at the odds,” said former two-time Tour de France champ Alberto Contador. “We are witnessing a generational change.”
Betting on the Tour de France
The modern editions of the Tour de France consist of 21 day-long stages over a 23-day period and cover about 3,500 kilometres. The race alternates between clockwise and counterclockwise circuits of France. There are usually between 20 and 22 teams, with eight riders in each.
All of the stages are timed to the finish, while the riders’ times are compounded with their previous stage times. The rider with the lowest cumulative finishing times is the leader of the race and wears the yellow jersey.
The absence of four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has left the 2019 edition of this event wide open. Froome, who would probably be the Tour de France King of the Mountain Odds, suffered “multiple serious injuries” in a freak high-speed accident during a practice run earlier this month.
Even though the defending champion in Thomas is the top pick on Tour de France Odds Winner, the best circuit event in the world still lacks a bonafide pre-race favorite, making it even more enticing for bettors to look for value plays.
Future odds are offered on the Tour winner and team championship. These odds will change as the event progresses towards the finish line, but your odds are fixed when you make your bet.
Daily odds will be posted for each of the 21 stages as well as prop bets focusing on the results of certain teams and riders. It promises to be an exciting and unpredictable month of July in France.
Top Tour de France Contenders
A total of 176 riders from 22 teams raced around France last year with Geraint Thomas winning his first yellow jersey. Tom Doumoulin finished second with Chris Froome in third. Both Doumoulin and Froome will miss the Tour this year, opening the door for other riders to capture cycling glory.
The Tour de France is to cycling what the Kentucky Derby is to horse racing: A victory in this marathon event will change your life forever. Let’s take a look at a few of the top contenders and try to pick the winner of the 2019 Tour de France.
Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) +200
Outside of a third-place finish at the Tour of Romandie in May, Thomas has done little to show he’s up to the challenge of defending his title.
But the champ thinks he’s back on track now, gaining some confidence from the placing in Switzerland. “I was definitely coming back slowly,” Thomas said. “I just didn’t want to rush it and then overdo it. But yeah, I would say it’s all worked out well now.”
Egan Bernal (Colombia) +250
Bernal won in Switzerland with a performance that signaled he might be the best chance for Team Ineos to win again in France. The 22-year-old rider is enjoying a dream season in 2019, so the top podium spot in the Tour de France wouldn’t come as a big surprise, even though he races in the shadows of Froome and Thomas.
He heads into France beeming with confidence after three WorldTour one-week race titles this season — the Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse.
Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) +550
Fuglsang will be making his ninth career start in the Tour at the age of 34. His best Grand Tour finish was seventh at the 2013 Tour, but 2019 has been one of his best in his 11-year pro career. He has three wins and multiple podium finishes this season and currently sits third in the world rankings.
“Top five at least,” Fuglsang predicted for this year’s Tour de France. “But we’ll target the podium, and the win.”
Adam Yates (Great Britain) +1200
The 26-year-old finished a disappointing 29th overall in the Tour last season, with a third as his best stage result. Multiple stage wins and Top 5 finishes this spring has surged Yates up the odds board for the 2019 Tour. His biggest improvement has come in time trials, which Yates credits from a lot of practice time spent in the wind tunnel.
Pick — Bernal (+250). He seems to be getting stronger with every event this season with his new top-ranked team.
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