Tadej Pogacar – Image source: Peter Edmondson from uk, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
You could always bet on the 2021 Tour de France raising a few eyebrows. Some of them at the arrangements. Some at the choice of route. But, mostly people are surprised that cycling is still a thing in the first place. Didn’t this all die out after we discovered they were all on performance enhancing drugs? Apparently not. Even now, you can find odds on the 2021 Tour de France at online sportsbook sites in France like Bet365. But for how much longer can cycling freewheel?
Everyone, most especially the French tourist board, will bet on the 2021 Tour de France proving what it always proves. That everywhere looks better from a helicopter. The sweaty jungles of Central America? The dangerous jagged snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas? The arid endless dunes of the African desert? All of them far, far nicer from the air. On the ground, they’re quite uncomfortable and unpleasant. Which is why you tend to get a lot of aerial shots on ‘Le Tour’.
Indeed the Tour is just an advert for the French countryside with a bike race attached. A superb brochure of the quaint sites France has to offer, completely spoilt by men in lurid-colored Lycra. Perhaps once their physical prowess might have impressed us, now they just jar with the scenery. Just a distraction from the attractive church spires and rolling greenery. Still, their presence does allow us to bet on the 2021 Tour de France at online betting sites in France like Bet365 I guess.
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At least for now. But, for how much longer can it continue? It’s big, expensive, niche, and nowhere near as popular as it once was. All-day events are fine, but for three whole weeks? Who has the time to care? Like the lengthy business of Test cricket, cycling faces a grim future of waning interest. That means whilst you can bet on the 2021 Tour de France to bristle with sponsors, long term it’s a dead duck. The tour faces immense commercial pressures now.
2021 Tour de France Odds
- Anyone Else – 66/1+
- Mikel Landa – 50/1
- Mark Padun – 40/1
- Miguel Angel Lopez – 40/1
- Rigoberto Uran – 28/1
- Richie Porte – 28/1
- Julian Alaphilippe – 25/1
- Richard Carapaz – 10/1
- Geraint Thomas – 9/2
- Primoz Roglic – 2/1
- Tadej Pogacar – 11/8
- See more at bet365…
Coverage is scant, the teams all suspect, and the expense keeps rising. Sponsors who bet on the 2021 Tour de France to get them much fiscal return are dreaming. They buy interesting some interesting hospitality events and little else. So whilst, as ever, ‘Le Tour’ is a great bet on sports in France at Bet365, etc, for the time being, it’s days are numbered. One more big scandal and long distance cycling will fade even more. Fortunately, there’s plenty of other cycling events.
Bet365 Has Your Bet On The 2021 Tour De France
You can always bet on the Olympic cycling events to entertain. They’re short and snappy races. Sure, they may not have the sweeping scenery. There is no swooping helicopter here. But what they lack in vista they make up for in engaging competition. In the same way we have moved from Test cricket towards T20, cycling too will need to shrink a little. People may once have had time and inclination to watch the Grand Tours. They don’t now. Life moves too fast these days.
“I’m almost ready for the Tour de France.”
- Tadej Pogacar
So we may as well bet on the 2021 Tour de France whilst we may, since we may not get many more chances. This year the odds on Tadej Pogcar make him favorite. However, a lot of people will take advantage of French gambling laws to bet on Primoz Roglic at Bet365. Plus, of course, those just across the channel can bet on Geraint Thomas as a tasty 9/2 shot. That will tempt a few more to bet on cycling, and that’s great, but don’t bet on the long term future of long distance cycling. It doesn’t have one.
We take a look at how while you can easily bet on the 2021 Tour de France the race, and the sports as a whole, is starting to fade away.