Held in July the Tour de France is the biggest event in cycling. Beyond that it’s an event that commands worldwide attention. Despite the perpetual problems with doping this remains an event that is followed like no other, Action with betting odds for cycling is hot as well. While the format of the race remains the same each year the routes do get altered. Competing each year in the Tour is a lineup of between 20 to 22 teams. With a total of 21 stages over a 23-day period the total distance is 2,200.
2018 Tour de France
Date and Time: July 7 through July 29, 2018
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Team Sky has been the winner in five of the last six Tour de France runs. Individually Chris Froome has a three-year winning streak. And he has won four of the last five. As a result, he will be a top betting odds for cycling favorite. Four cyclists are tied as the All-Time Tour de France winners with five championships. They are Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain. Lance Armstrong of course won seven times but was stripped of his titles. Doping is what ruined Armstrong and put a permanent stain on the sport.
Opening Day and More
Opening day for Tour de France is July 7 at Noirmoutier en Ille to Fontenay le Comte with a flat stage. After two more flat stages a pair of medium mountain stages will run. July 13 through 15 returns to flat stages. Three days of high mountain stages starts on July 17. July 20 returns to flat stage with medium mountain stages for two days after. High mountain stage action is back July 24-25. Relief comes with a July 26 flat stage. One last high mountain stage takes place on July 27. Following an individual time trial, a flat stage concludes the tour on July 29.
Chris Froome will be the prohibitive sportsbook chalk to win his fourth straight tour. Additionally, impressive is that he has won Vuelta a Espana. Union Cycliste Internationale has Froome as the top ranked cyclist in the world. Coming off a third place run at Championnats du Monde he is on Team Sky. Froome has won five of his last seven races. Breaking in as a professional in 2007 Froome has done much to clean up the sport’s image after the Armstrong disgrace. Born in Kenya, he is the son of British parents.
Greg Van Avermaet
Chasing down Froome will be Greg Van Avermaet. Ranked second in the world he has 3594 points compared to 3682 for the leader. Most noteworthy is Van Avermaet’s road race win in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Considered to be one of the most versatile riders in the world he boasts many notable wins. Especially relevant is that Van Avermaet has worn the yellow jersey of leadership at France. BMC Racing Team is who he rides for.
Matchup to Watch
2018 Tour de France betting odds for cycling looks like a two-man race. Seems like a huge rivalry between Froome and Van Avermaet beckons. Value could be with Van Avermaet as the power underdog.
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Tremendous respect goes to Chris Froome as the defending champion. However, Greg Van Avermaet looks ready to overcome the odds to victory.
Cycling Betting Online Pick: Greg Can Avermaet