With stage one set to take place on Saturday, we’ve picked out our Tour de France 2018 betting tips for the leading markets on this iconic contest.
The 105th edition of cycling’s blue riband event will depart in Noirmoutier and finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 29.
Here’s our top predictions from the Tour de France 2018 odds:
Outright winner – Chris Froome @ 2/1
Froome is free to chase a fifth Tour title after being cleared of any wrongdoing by the UCI over an adverse drugs test during last year’s Vuelta a Espana and can take full advantage.
The Team Sky rider admitted the case had placed a heavy burden on him over the last few months and expressed his relief at the saga ending.
He said: “I’m just so relieved now that going into the Tour de France, our biggest race of the year, we can finally draw a line and have this behind us.
“It was definitely a difficult process but it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”
As the first person to hold all three Grand Tour jerseys at the same time since Bernard Hinault in 1983, Froome stands out in this field once more.
Points classification – Peter Sagan @ 1/2
The Slovakian speedster was denied the chance to claim a sixth straight green jersey when disqualified for dangerous riding 12 months ago but that should only make him doubly determined to reclaim this title.
Peter the Great will have the full support of a hard-working Bora-Hansgrohe team and has the all-round ability to compete for more prizes than most other sprinters.
Three straight World Road Race Championships highlight how this popular 28-year-old continues to prove a cut above the rest.
King of the Mountains – Mikel Landa @ 7/2
Defending champion Warren Barguil has not had a good campaign, so we’re siding with Landa, who has planned his whole season around this event.
That will be a welcome change for the Spaniard, who has previously done plenty of donkey work helping Froome to achieve his targets.
Now a co-captain of the powerful Movistar team alongside Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, he told Cycling Weekly: “This time, I expect to keep progressing during the race and hopefully feel fresher at the final part of the competition.”
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