Tour de France 2019: A Climb To The Top
The current Tour de France outright odds 2019 are as follows:
- Geraint Thomas, +200
- Egan Bernal, +250
- Jakob Fuglsang, +550
The added elevation to this year's Tour de France course also adds an elevated level of intrigue to the Tour de France 2019 odds.
The race will be contested in 21 stages from July 6-28, covering a distance of 3,460 kilometers. In honor of the 55th anniversary of Belgium's Eddie Merckx's fifth Tour de France victory, the race will launch in Brussels.
The competition will conclude with a 33.4-kilometer ascension up the 2,365-kilometer Val Thorens in the French Alps, following by the traditional final stage, a 127-kilometer flat sprint from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
The absence of two of the top contenders through injury has thrown the Tour de France odds winner debate wide open.
Britain's Chris Froome, a four-time champion of this race, including three in a row from 2015-17, crashed last month in the warm ups for a a stage at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Froome suffered several broken bones, ending his season.
Also out is Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin. Second in last year's race, Dumoulin crashed during the Giro d'Italia in May and underwent surgery to have gravel removed from his knee.
Tour de France 2019 Odds
Only two riders entered in the race have a Tour de France victory on their respective resumes - defending champion Geraint Thomas of Wales and Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, who won the race in 2014. Froome is the only rider since 2006 to win consecutive races, so is it wise to play the Geraint Thomas Tour de France odds?
Let's look at the leading contenders to win this year's race, based on the bettling line established by Bovada:
Geraint Thomas (+200)
The Welshman is a three-time world champion but he still came out of nowhere to win last year's race.
Thomas wasn't on anyone's radar as a leading challenger heading into the live tour de France odds in 2018.
He'd never finished higher than 15th in any previous Grand Tour event. And he appears to have fallen on hard times since his victory. Thomas crashed out of last month's Tour de Switzerland. It seems he's headed for a back-in-the-pack finish.
Egan Bernal (+250)
No rider from South America has ever looked like a Tour de France odds winner but Colombia's Bernal could be poise to make history. A teammate of Thomas at Team Ineos, he's turned in some strong performances in time trials and riding across flat areas.
Riding in elevation is where Bernal traditionally elevates his game, always making him a strong favorite in the Tour de France King of the Mountains odds. And he's just come off a victory at the Tour de Switzerland.
Jakob Fuglsang (+550)
Fuglsang was victorious in the won the Critérium du Dauphiné, considered one of the key preliminaries in determining the Tour de France odds winner.
This season, Fuglsang has also posted victories at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Ruta del Sol. He recorded podium finishes at Tirreno-Adriatico, Strade Bianche, Fleche Wallonne, and in the Amstel Gold.
Tour de France odds
With such a wide-open field, it's the prudent bettor who studies a bit further down the list of race favorites in order to determine whether there are longer Tour de France odds on a rider who might prove to be a worthwhile wager.
Adam Yates (+1200)
The fourth-place finisher in last year's race, Yates won the young rider classification, so he can't be overlooked in the Tour de France 2019 odds. British riders have won the last four and six of the last seven races.
Nairo Quintana (+1600)
Another top contender from Colombia, Quintana was 10th in last year's race and eighth in the mountain classifications. He won the 17th stage, a mountain section of the Tour.
Thibaut Pinot (+2000)
You have to go all the way back to 1985 and Bernard Hinault to locate a Tour de France odds winner who was a Frenchman. Could that slump end in 2019?
Pinot missed last year's race because he was hospitalized following his hard ride in the Giro d'Italia. Later in the season, he earned a sixth-place finish at the Vuelta a Espana and won season-ending the Tour of Lombardy. Earlier this year, he was fifth in the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Rigoberto Uran (+2500)
A third rider from Colombia who's shown to be strong in the mountains, he could be a factor. Uran finished second behind Froome in the 2017 Tour de France and won a silver medal in the road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Romain Bardet (+2500)
Bardet has fashioned five straight top-10 finishes in the Tour de France, including two podiums - a second in 2016 and a third in 2017. He ended up in sixth place last year.
Vincenzo Nibali (+3300)
The only other past champion in the field, it's been five years since Nibali won the race. He owns four top-10 finishes in his career. But he's endured a dry spell since ending up fourth in 2015. Nobili was 30th in 2016, didn't compete in 2017 and did not finish last year. He withdrew following a crash that involved spectator interference.
Julian Alaphilippe (+15000)
Last year, the Frenchman was a mountain man. He won two stages at altitiude and earned the coveted polka dot jersey as winner of the Tour de France King of the Mountains odds.
There's a theory floating around that course was altered to make it more mountainous for the benefit of Alaphilippe, to increase his chances of winning the overall event. And this year, he's been displaying talents more in line with an all-around rider. At that price, he might be worth a small wager.
BABB Favorite Pick: Egan Bernal (+250).
BABB Longshot Pick: Julian Alaphilippe (+15000)
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