The defending champion might have crashed out of the Tour of Switzerland on Stage 4 but Team Ineos saw Egan Bernal step into his saddle easily enough. That’s why the young Colombian saw Geraint Thomas odds in the Tour de France at Unibet, one of the best online sportsbook sites in the UK these days, actually fall behind his own this week. Whether the young pretender can defeat the reigning champion may be a matter of conjecture but it makes for a great little wager.
“Clearly it’s frustrating,” admitted last year’s Tour de France winner talking of his crash in Switzerland, “It’s a small setback for my Tour de France preparations but there’s still plenty of time before we start in Brussels.” Which is a pretty blithe way of describing a head injury that caused him to pull out of a major pre-tour prep event. Indeed if you want a reason Geraint Thomas odds in the Tour de France have slumped a bit, look no further than that, really.
Tour de France 2019
- Date – July 6th to 28th
- Location – France
- Distance – 3,460km
- Stages – 21
- Teams – 22
- Start – Brussels (Belgium)
- Finish – Paris (France)
The problem is one of optics. After Chris Froome suffered an horrific crash no one is taking any chances with how things look ahead of the biggest cycling event in the world. The team are being rightfully cautious and putting safety first. Of course anyone who regularly puts a bet on sports in France will know Team Ineos can be quite relaxed about Geraint Thomas odds in the Tour de France as they’ve Bernal to win for them instead if it turns out the Welshman has brain damage.
Le Tour Could Just Be Thomas Vs Bernal
“Things changed when he crashed.” Agrees Bernal. “He was our leader when we came, but he crashed and could not continue so I became leader.” And his win the Tour of Switzerland was his biggest victory to date, especially coming so soon before the start of Le Tour. Seeing his own chances rated higher than Geraint Thomas odds in the Tour de France must be quite a thrill for the young man, and, if we’re blatantly obvious about it, the team, who don’t care which wins.
“In any case,” Bernal says dismissing speculation about his being team favorite to win, “I will go with Thomas who will be our leader and I will try to help him and if he better than me I will still help him.” The young man smiles. “I don’t have any problem helping him, I am only 22 so I have a lot of Tours ahead of me.” It’s probably that attitude that keeps Geraint Thomas odds in the Tour de France as short as they are and a reason to take advantage of French gambling laws.
Geraint Thomas Odds In The Tour De France 5/2 At Unibet
Stitches above the eye and a bump on the head probably haven’t effected Geraint Thomas odds in the Tour de France as much as the rather impressive ride Egan Bernal put in once the more experienced rider was out of the way. At 11/5 he’s currently favorite to wear the Yellow Jersey (100 years old this time round) along the Champs-Elysees after this epic 3,460km ride around France. Geraint Thomas, on the other hand, gets around 5/2 at Unibet but is still the better bet.
Le Tour Odds 2019
Experience counts when the climbs get tough and the peloton goes to pieces and, all things considered, Geraint Thomas odds in the Tour de France are probably still the one’s to back at Unibet, one of the best online betting sites in France at the present time. As Bernal admitted himself, he’s got plenty of Tours ahead of him yet, and you might just want to wait until one of those before you start staking your hard earned cash on the young Colombian to win one.