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To understand betting on Tour De France, you have to go way back. More than 100 years in fact, to when it all began in 1903. The traditional cycling race is the calendar event of the sporting year on the road. The top riders in the world take part in the prestigious event through France. However, because you are covering a huge distance of 2,200 miles, the stages divide to separate the weak from strong – testing resilience on the legs, mind and the heart. It traditionally finishes along the Champs-Élysées in Paris, typically taking place in the month of June or July.
Atop the leaderboard for most wins is French riders, particularly during their dominance in the 1980s, but English and Spanish riders are not far behind. Taking place through quaint little villages in France, riding past beautiful castles and large cathedrals, it’s one of the most stunning sporting events that take place in the world. Therefore, betting on the Tour De France is equally entertaining and interesting, with a mixture of markets. Let’s take a peek at how the event unfolds and what you can bet on.
The 107 th edition of the Tour de France starts in Nice on Saturday 29 th August. 23 days and 21 stages later, it arrives in Paris on Sunday 20 th September. Our expert analyst has put together his Tour De France Betting Guide for each of the jerseys which you can find below.
Betting on Tour De France – Key Details
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Taking place over 23 days, you can watch the event unfold live on TV each day or even join in race side like many French citizens do, waving on the cyclists. As stated earlier, Tour De France is split up into a variety of stages, with the most gruelling being high in the mountains at a strong altitude. Bunched together, the riders usually in groups of 20 are classed as the Peleton, which you will hear often from the commentators. Each day a green jersey is awarded to the winner of each stage, with the famous ‘Maillot Jaune’, or yellow jersey, awarded to the leader of the Tour.
Past English winners since the turn of the Millenium highlighting the dominance of UK riders are Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas. Overall, teams of 9 riders (20-22) in total compete collectively to help their lead rider win the yellow jersey. Other awarded jerseys include to the youngest rider (white jersey) and the ‘King of the Mountains’.
Different Ways You Can Bet
Do you play the long waiting game, or bet live during each stage? This is often the challenge for bettors of the Tour De France. The more information you know about the cyclists the better, so research is key. Check to find out who the favourite riders are for the particular stages. Some climbers made be stronger through the mountains than others for example. The challenge is predicting who will come out on top in the heat.
If you want to bet on the day, you could bet on several markets in-play, such as:
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- Winner of the stage – claiming green jersey
- Bet on finishing within a specific time
Alternatively, you can try your luck at guessing who will win the iconic yellow jersey. Look at pundit and expert predictions about who they claim will be favourite. Look at past results, current form and recent races in the build-up to Tour De France. Betting outright is popular, with the opportunity to place a bet on each way or for the win. You can even bet on who will be the young rider or the king of the mountains.