The Tour de France is a three week long event that takes place once a year in the month of July.
Despite it being called the Tour de France, it does briefly enter into other surrounding European countries during the course of the marathon event. For example, the race doesn’t start in France (2014 sees a UK start), and the race generally veers off into differing surrounding countries during stages in the mountains.
When betting on the Tour de France, you will find that the major betting markets are for daily Stage winners, and the jersey holders at the end of the race.
The main Jersey is the Yellow Jersey, which is awarded to the winner of the Tour de France. This is the rider who gets around the whole of the course in the quickest time. The winner, or the Yellow Jersey, is sometimes also referred to as the winner of the overall General Classification (GC).
Other Jerseys you can bet on the winner of are the Green Jersey, Red Polka Dot Jersey, and the White Jersey.
There is also an award for the overall quickest team (Team Classification), and the most aggressive rider.
2014 Tour de France
This year’s Tour de France starts in the United Kingdom, in the city of Leeds on Saturday 5th July. The first 3 stages this year are in the UK, with Stage 3 finishing in London on Monday 7th July.
Stage 4 sees the Tour entering France for the first time. The Tour is 21 stages long, finishing in Paris on Sunday 27th July. There are 2 rest days included (Tuesday 15th July and Monday 21st July), 9 flat stages for the sprinters and 5 hill stages.
Like last year, there is more emphasis on the mountain sections than the time trials. This year sees 6 mountain stages (with 5 altitude finishes), and just the one individual time trial (Saturday 26th July).
This is obviously going to favour the climbers over the time trialists, and most notably suits defending champion Chris Froome, who in cycling betting terms, is the favourite to win the Yellow Jersey again this year.
Froome is just a touch over Even money with most bookies, the best price on him at the moment is actually Even money with Betvictor. This price may drift out slightly due to form reasons, but could also get backed in for patriotic reasons, so it’s the toss of a coin as to whether it’s worth waiting and seeing.
Second favourite is Spain’s two-time winner, Alberton Contador (2007 & 2009). Another mountain specialist, Contador is currently a best price of 9/4 with Paddy Power (and a general 2/1 with most other bookies). If you fancy a punt on 2012 winner, Bradley Wiggins, he is available at 33/1 with Coral.
Tour de France Each-Way Betting
So far, all the bookies are offering 1/4 of the odds for a top 3 (podium) finish. This may well change the closer we get to the event, if one bookie breaks rank and looks to steal a march on their rivals.