The 2018 edition of the legendary cycling event, the Tour de France, will take place from July 7 to July 29 2018. The race which will start with the Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Fontenay-le-Comte stage and finish at the well publicized Houilles to Paris route on the last day of the tour will definitely be one of the most memorable races in recent history.
The interesting thing regarding this year’s event though is the fact that apparently Chris Froome will be able to race in France after all, as his fight to prove that he is innocent in the salbutamol doping controversy will not be resolved by the World Anti-Doping Agency in time to prevent him from racing.
This will certainly come as bad news for other title contenders such as Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa, Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali, and Romain Bardet who certainly hoped that the four time Tour de France champion will be declared ineligible to take part in the race.
However, Froome’s participation in this year’s Tour de France will definitely be welcomed by cycling enthusiasts and punters. To top this off, we have compiled a list of five very reputable betting operators which can make following the race much more interesting for both punters and cycling aficionados.
Letou is operated by one of the most reputable companies behind betting providers, TGP Europe Ltd. The company is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and is known to be one of the most reliable providers of betting platforms out there.
In Letou’s outright winner’s market, Chris Froome is the clear favourite and the four time Tour de France winner will not only be in the spotlight for his doping controversy, but also for his phenomenal cycling ability. Letou give him odds of 7/4 and these are two times lower then Letou’s next contender Richie Porte (16/5).
Froome and Porte are followed by other top quality cyclists such as Nairo Quintana (6/1), Mikel Landa (7/1), Vincenzo Nibali (8/1), Tom Dumoulin (9/1), Romain Bardet (14/1), and Geraint Thomas (14/1). It has to be said though that it would be quite a surprise if any one of them won this year’s edition of the most prestigious cycling event in the world.
RedZoneSports is operated by Argyll Entertainment, is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and is a betting provider which has established itself as one of the most generous bookmakers in the industry. This will certainly come in handy for all cycling punters who will become RedZoneSports’ clients for the first time ahead of the big event in France as they will be eligible for their 40% welcome bonus on initial deposits up to £200.
When it comes to who they see as the favourite for the 2018 edition of Tour de France it must be said that there are no surprises because Chris Froome is once again the top dog. RedZoneSports give the British road racing cyclist odds of 7/4 and they are somewhat shorter than what they give to other contestants such as Richie Porte (16/5) or Nairo Quintana (6/1).
Other candidates for the prestigious achievement include Mikel Landa (7/1), Vincenzo Nibali (8/1), Tom Dumoulin (9/1), Romain Bardet (14/1), Geraint Thomas (14/1), Jakob Fulsang (18/1), Primoz Roglic (20/1), Alejandro Valverde (20/1), and Adam Yates (20/1).
SportNation is another very reputable Swiss betting operator which is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. If you are after a safe and secure betting experience when you are choosing a betting provider, then SportNation should be the bookmaker of your choice for the 2018 Tour de France.
In addition, SportNation is also known for giving out many promotions and bonuses to their new, as well as to their regular clients. One such promotion is their Welcome Bonus of 50% on new clients’ first deposits, which can increase punters’ initial deposits by £100.
Chris Froome (7/4) is yet again the favourite, but Richie Porte (16/5) will definitely look to build on his success in the Tour de Suisse. That was his first big success in his career which promises to be very bright indeed. The young Australian is followed by Nairo Quintana, (6/1) who is also in the spotlight to win the event for the first time after winning Giro d’Italia in 2014 and Vuelta a España in 2016.
The chasing pack of this trio of favourites consists of other impressive names such as Mikel Landa (7/1), Vincenzo Nibali (8/1), Tom Dumoulin (9/1), and Romain Bardet (14/1).
Fun88 is operated by TGP Europe Ltd and is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. TGP Europe Ltd’s betting platforms are known for the security they offer to their clients and Fun88 is no different.
Furthermore, Fun88 also offers all of its new clients who haven’t had the chance to experience the benefits of working with them, a very generous £28 Welcome Bonus which can come in handy at this year’s Tour de France.
As with other bookmakers on this list Chris Froome is once again the favourite to finish first on the podium in France’s capital on July 29 and the kind people at Fun88 award him odds of 7/4 to do this.
Richie Porte (16/5), Nairo Quintana (6/1), Mikel Landa (7/1), Vincenzo Nibali (8/1), Tom Dumoulin (9/1), Romain Bardet (14/1), and Geraint Thomas (14/1) are the other main favourites to finish the race as winners, but you should think twice before deciding to back them ahead of Froome.
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Chris Froome is TLCBet’s main candidate for the victory in France and the betting operator clearly feels that the British cyclist has got what it takes to make this his fifth victory on French soil. The odds of 7/4 which are assigned to him are a clear indicator of their belief in his abilities.
Richie Porte (16/5), who suffered a horrifying 72km/h crash on the descent last year, which left him with a broken pelvis and a broken collar bone, is considered as a second favourite, but he will have to forget about his accident and remain fully focused on the race if he is to succeed.
Other candidates who can make life difficult for Froome include Nairo Quintana (6/1), Mikel Landa (7/1), Vincenzo Nibali (8/1), Tom Dumoulin (9/1), Romain Bardet (14/1), Geraint Thomas (14/1), Jakob Fulsang (18/1), Primoz Roglic (20/1), Alejandro Valverde (20/1), and Adam Yates (20/1).