Matt Pitt | Wed 03/07/2019 - 04:23 EDT

    The 2019 Tour de France is Wide Open: Who Will Triumph In It?

    The 2019 Tour de France is Wide Open: Who Will Triumph In It?

    Geraint Thomas is the pre-race favorite with Tour de France 2019 odds of +200 with Egan Bernal a close second with odds of +250.

    • Geraint Thomas: +200
    • Egan Bernal: +250
    • Jakob Fuglsang: +550

    Some of the world's greatest road cyclists will take part in the 2019 Tour de France between July 6th and July 28th in what is the 106th edition of the long-running Grand Tour.

    • Reigning champion Geraint Thomas is the +200 favorite
    • Four-time champion Chris Froome misses the race after sustaining serious injuries
    • Egan Bernal comes in at +250 and is the second favorite
    • Jakob Fuglsang is the much-fancied outsider at +550
    • A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the famous yellow jersey takes place on July 19th.

    Has Geraint Thomas Got What It Takes To Win Again?

    There is a large question mark hanging over the head of Geraint Thomas' ability to win the 2019 Tour de France despite the Welshman being the reigning champion. The Team Ineos comes in at +200 in the live Tour de France odds, so the bookmakers certainly believe Thomas will win back-to-back titles.

    It was only a couple of weeks ago that Ineos teammate Chris Froome was the overwhelming favorite to win the 2019 Tour de France, but the four-time champion was involved in a career-threatening crash that saw Froome fracture his right leg, elbow and several ribs; it is not known if Froome will ever recover enough to race in another Tour de France.

    We have the feeling Thomas had resigned himself to being Froome's "domestique" until that horrible crash, now he is the leading rider for Team Ineos with a lot of pressure on his shoulders.

    The Geraint Thomas Tour de France odds of +200 look a little short for us to punt a large amount on him winning another title, especially after the 33-year-old crashed out of the recent Tour de Suisse, which is far from a good omen going into this epic race.

    The 2019 Tour de France Is Too Soon For Egan Bernal

    Colombia's Egan Bernal is one of the youngest riders in the field aged a tender 22-years-old and he is, without a doubt, a future Tour de France champion, although maybe not this year. Bernal comes into the race in great form having won the Tour de Suisse by 19 seconds.

    Bernal can also boast of a third-place finish in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya where he was 17 second behind the winner. The young Colombian also triumphed in the 77th edition of Paris to Nice, crushing the rest of the field by 39 seconds.

    Avoid backing Bernal in the Tour de France King of the Mountains odds because this is not his strongest area. The +250 odds price to finish first overall seem low, although we do believe Bernal has a better chance of glory than current favorite Thomas.

    Which Outsiders Should You Bet On In The Tour de France

    He may not be everyone's choice to win the 2019 Tour de France but Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang does have it in him to become the race's champion. Our friends at Bovada think so too judging by the +550 Tour de France odds they have given him. 

    Fuglsang comes off the back of an impressive Ardennes campaign. The main worry bettors have about Fuglsang is that he has only ever reached the top 10 once in a Grand Tour and often struggles to maintain consistent form throughout a full three-week race.

    If, and it is a big if, Fuglsang can get his head around this, he will be a force to be reckoned with. 

    The United Kingdom's Adam Yates is a +1200 outsider but he has much improving to do if he is to seriously challenge the leading pack.

    Yates was overshadowed by his twin brother, Simon, at the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana, and conceded 26 seconds to Primoz Roglic in the final-day time trial of the Tierreno-Adriatico to lose by a single second, which has raised doubts about his chances in the Tour de France.

    Yates is exceptional in the mountains, however, so look out for him during mountainous stages.

    Two complete outsiders who will need the stars to align before they mount a serious challenge for Tour de France glory are Thibaut Pinot and Nairo Quintana.

    Pinot emerged victorious at Haut Var, his first victory on home soil since 2017 which will be a major boost in confidence for the Frenchman. Pinto did not enter the 2017 Tour de France so will be looking for a high finish this year. You can back Pinot at +2000, making him the seventh-favorite.

    Quintana finished a rather disappointing 10th place in last year's race some 14 minutes and 18 seconds behind the champion. The Colombian endured a dreadful 2018 campaign that saw him fail to win a since stage, but 2019 has been much better.

    Do not write off Quintana despite his +1600 Tour de France odds because he has finished on the podium of the Tour de France on three occasions and is a very capable rider.

    Top 10 Tour de France Betting Odds

    • Geraint Thomas: +200
    • Egan Bernal: +250
    • Jakob Fuglsang: +550
    • Adam Yates: +1200
    • Nairo Quintana: +1600
    • Richie Porte: +1600
    • Thibaut Pinot: +2000
    • Mikel Landa: +2200
    • Steven Kruijswijk: +2200
    • Enric Mas: +2500

    See below the top sportsbooks where you can wager online and choose the best one for you:

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