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Tour de France odds: Leading contenders for the 106th edition

Geraint Thomas defends his Tour de France title this summer when Brussels will host the Grand Depart in memory of Belgian great Eddy Merckx, whose first victory took place 50 years ago.

Thomas is second favourite in the Tour de France odds behind Team Sky colleague Chris Froome who has won the race in four of the last six years.

BetStars have all the latest Tour de France betting odds for the three-week event which starts on July 6 and concludes in Paris on July 28.

Take a look at our guide which examines the chances of some of the leading contenders to win the 106th edition of the world's greatest cycling race and includes the Tour de France winner odds.

Chris Froome

Tour de France odds: 9/5

Nationality: British

Team: Team Sky

Previous TdF best: Winner (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Stage wins: Seven

Froome had to settle for third place in the Tour last July, but that was no mean feat given he had won the Tour, Vuelta and Giro back-to-back-to-back in the previous 12 months, and done so while successfully fighting to clear his name in relation to a test showing high levels of Salbutamol taken at the Vuelta.

This year he will return to his old strategy of going all-in on the Tour, targeting a fifth crown which would move him level with Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Miguel Indurain and Bernard Hinault for the most in the history of the race.

Geraint Thomas

Tour de France odds: 3/1

Nationality: British

Team: Team Sky

Previous TdF best: Winner (2018)

Stage wins: Three

Thomas lit up last year's Tour with his surprising victory. The Welshman began the race as Sky's plan B once Froome was cleared to race, but rode with style and his back-to-back mountain victories in La Rosiere and Alpe d'Huez will live long in the memory.

The 32-year-old Welshman has spent his road career putting the ambitions of others over his own, but now he has a taste for it is planning to be back in France defending his title.

With the number one pinned to his back and the belief last summer will have given him, Thomas will not be short of motivation - meaning the two favourites for the race must first settle the matter of their own team leadership.

Tom Dumoulin

Tour de France odds: 6/1

Nationality: Dutch

Team: Team Sunweb

Previous TdF best: Second (2018)

Stage wins: Three

Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro winner, further underlined his Grand Tour credentials with second place in both the Giro and the Tour last year.

The 28-year-old Dutchman continues to prove he is more than just a brilliant time triallist and holds his own with the best in the mountain stages.

But Dumoulin has decided to return to the Giro again in 2019, putting a significant dent in his Tour odds given the short gap between the two.

Richie Porte

Tour de France odds: 11/1

Nationality: Australian

Team: Trek-Segafredo

Previous TdF best: Fifth (2016)

Stage wins: One

Porte added another unwanted entry to his catalogue of Tour de France mishaps last year when he crashed out on stage nine to Roubaix.

There remains every reason to believe the Tasmanian has the talent needed to win a Grand Tour, but in the four he has targeted in each of the past four years he has suffered a variety of crashes, illnesses and mechanical problems to put him out of contention.

At 34, Froome's old ally is running out of time to prove he can hold it all together over three weeks.

This year he has signed for Trek-Segafredo, where he believes a more relaxed atmosphere - and reduced focus on July - can help him with less pressure on his shoulders in France.

Nairo Quintana

Tour de France odds: 20/1

Nationality: Colombian

Team: Movistar

Previous TdF best: Second (2013 and 2015)

Stage wins: Two

It's easy to feel like Quintana's peak has passed in recent years having enjoyed six top-five finishes in Grand Tours between 2013 and 2016, winning the Giro and Vuelta during that time, but has not threatened a podium since finishing second in the 2017 Giro.

However, the Colombian only turned 29 at the start of the year and should have plenty left to offer. This is a contract year for him and he may be keen to attract new suitors having been frustrated with Movistar's three-headed monster as he competes with Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa for team leadership.

Quintana will go all-in for the Tour this year, but must overcome his weaknesses in the time trials and echelons if he is to improve on his two second-place finishes to date.

Vincenzo Nibali

Tour de France odds: 28/1

Nationality: Italian

Team: Bahrain-Merida

Previous TdF best: Winner (2014)

Stage wins: Five

The only active rider not named Froome or Thomas to have a Tour win on his CV, Nibali lined up in 2018 as one of the principal contenders, but his race was undone by a tangle with a fan on Alpe d'Huez which left him with broken bones in his back.

This year he intends to race on home roads in the Giro before turning attention to France, which clearly comes into the equation when pushing him down the list of likely winners.

Mikel Landa

Tour de France odds: 28/1

Nationality: Spanish

Team: Movistar

Previous TdF best: Fourth (2017)

Stage wins: None

Landa is one of a number of riders planning to double up on the Giro and the Tour this year. Perhaps Movistar were encouraged by last year's results, when Froome won the Giro and finished third in France, or Tom Dumoulin finished second in both, but the challenge looks significantly harder this year given there will be only three and a half weeks between the two races rather than the five and a half weeks last summer.

Landa's task has not been made any easier by a broken collarbone suffered in Challenge Mallorca, his opening race of the season.

Romain Bardet

Tour de France odds: 33/1

Nationality: French

Team: AG2R La Mondiale

Previous TdF best: Second (2016)

Stage wins: Three

Bardet remains France's best chance of ending what is now a 34-year wait for a home winner, though it seems we've been saying that for a while now.

He finished second in 2016 and third in 2017, but had to settle for sixth last summer. On the face of it that was a step back, but to achieve sixth Bardet had to overcome a string of mechanical problems and punctures in the opening week, not least on the brutal stage to Roubaix, and he showed himself to be one of the strongest riders in the mountains.

If he can avoid problems, on his best form Bardet can be a man to challenge for the top step and at 28 he should be reaching his peak.

Adam Yates

Tour de France odds: 50/1

Nationality: British

Team: Mitchelton-Scott

Previous TdF best: Fourth (2016)

Stage wins: None

While Simon stole all the headlines with his daring run at the Giro and stunning victory in the Vuelta, his twin brother Adam suffered frustration in his biggest race of the year as he went backwards in the final week of the Tour, sliding down the standings to finish 29th.

That was not the progress he was looking for after finishing fourth in 2016, but Yates quickly identified the problem, saying it was down to a failure to properly rehydrate in the mountains, and bounced back to help Simon in Spain.

With Simon planning to see to "unfinished business" in the Giro, Adam will target the Tour and have his eyes on the podium.

Dan Martin

Tour de France odds: 100/1

Nationality: Irish

Team: Team UAE Emirates

Previous TdF best: Sixth (2017)

Stage wins: One

Martin has managed three top-10 finishes in a row in the Tour de France, despite suffering an array of injuries along the way.

That has given the 32-year-old Irishman every reason to believe he can challenge for the podium if his luck holds over the full three weeks.

He has always managed to fly a little under the radar at the Tour - something that would change if a top-three finish appeared to be on the cards - but a laid-back approach has suited him just fine to date.

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Cycling