The Tour de France is perhaps the most iconic cycle races in the world with a heritage and history far richer than the shadow cast by Lance Armstrong and performance enhancing drugs might allow people to see these days. Of course if you like to bet on cycling there’s no race like it and so we take a quick look at who’s in the running come the finish in Paris on Sunday.
198 people who all claim they’re not on drugs? Gosh. It must be a UN working committee on the illegal narcotics trade, right? Perhaps the Young Republicans cook-out? No? Hmm.Oh, wait, I know, it’s the Tour de France. You can tell by the way they bet on cycling being a thick enough disguise for their advert for rural France and because from the air the riders look like multi-coloured sperm tagged and numbered by some mad scientist, and this weekend they reach the Tour de France’s climax in Paris.
After a hard ride of some 3,540km (that’s 2,200 miles for all you imperial fans) it has seen a time trial in Dusseldorf, manic crosswinds and some horrible crashes. The Yellow jersey has chopped and changed several times along the way and the defending champion Chris Froome has had to ride hard to win it back first from Geraint Thomas and then from Fabio Aru, and whilst he’s currently wearing it you can bet on cycling keeping those who like to bet on sports in France on tenterhooks a while yet.
Will Chris Froome Really Defend His Tour de France Title?
Of course there’s not just the Yellow jersey to consider, although Froome making heavy weather of it has attracted quite a bit of press, and the Green jersey began as a tight battle between Arnaud Demare and the current wearer Marcel Kittel who has proved a deadly finisher taking five stage wins so far and looking set to retain that Green jersey come the Champs Elysees on Sunday, with just a couple of flat stages left in the Tour de France. Likewise there are a couple of mountain stages for the polka dot boys to fight over.
Last year’s highlights from Paris
Taylor Phinney did well to take it early on, Nathan Brown took over and then Fabio Aru worrying at Chris Froome’s lead took it till Lilian Calmejane won Stage 8 and then it was all Warren Barguil who has dominated with strong charges at the final inclines and taking a win on Stage 13 as they bustled into Foix. Naturally French gambling laws permit a bet on cycling during this most famous of races, even on the King of the Mountains, but the Col d’Izoard awaits and that isn’t to be predicted just yet.
Bet On Cycling At Bet365 This Weekend
In the team classifications it’s been Team Sky from start to finish, although it has been the Orica-Scott rider Simon Yates who has put in consistent performances in the youthful portion of the peloton ahead of people like Pierre Latour and Stefan Kung, and they’ll be willing their rider Chris Froome to defend his title against Fabio Aru, Romain bardet and Rigoberto Uran all of whom remain in striking distance going into these final few stages, but should you really bet on cycling producing a surprise winner?
Bet365 give Mikel Lanta 20/1 to make up the time difference and win, but that’s the sort of wager that gets you a line under the French gambling news headlines about people who actually won money. Rigoberto gets 9/1 as does Fabio Aru and both are quite tempting really, Froome could still fall apart, and Romain Bardet gets 7/1 possibly because a win in front of your home crowd is so romantic, but the favorite is still Chris on 1/3 and you have to admit at this point it’s his victory to throw away on the cobbles of Paris this Sunday.
Romain Bardet & Chris Froome