The 2018 Tour de France will be the 105th edition of the hugely popular cycling event. One of the cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Tour de France is regarded as being the pinnacle for cyclists and generates much interest around the world.
Starting on the 7th July, the 2018 Tour de France will feature the shortest length this century and will depart Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, in the Vendée department. The finish will be at the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris on the 29th July.
The race will take place across 22 stages and feature 22 teams, with 176 individual riders. The 18 UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race, with 4 additional teams included, all of which have previously raced in the event.
Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the fourth time in 2017 and will once again be the favourite to win the race. The British rider who represents Team Sky, spoke following the announcement of the route and said, "It is a massive challenge for next year and a Tour de France that tests every aspect of cycling."
However, there have been rumours that Froome’s place at the 2018 Tour de France is coming under scrutiny and if the doping case is not resolved, he may not be allowed to race. Having participated in the Giro d’Italia and with the media following his every move the 9/4 with Bet365 for Froome to win the 2018 Tour de France does not look hugely appealing.
If Froome was to miss the race, Richie Porte would be the man leading the bookmakers’ Tour de France odds and he is on offer at 5/2 with Bet365. The Australian crashed out of the 2017 Tour de France but was seen as Froome’s closest challenger and is expected to be again this year. Many Tour de France betting tips will have Porte top of the list if Froome doesn’t make it.
2. Tour de France 2018 Predictions
Nairo Quintana suffered a disappointing 2017, failing to win either the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France and will want to make amends this year. The Colombian enjoyed a relaxing start to 2018 in his home country of Colombia and is focusing his attention completely on the Tour de France in 2018.
Speaking in cycling weekly, Quintana said, “It will be very different in 2018, since I won’t be racing the Giro d’Italia, so we will be taking things easier in the first part of the season, so we can save all energy for the Tour de France. For the time being, everything looks great.”
Who will be Tour de France 2018 Winner? - Best odds
The Colombian rider has yet to win the Tour de France but has two second place and one third place finish to his name. Quintana can be backed at 7/2 to win the Tour de France for the first time in his career.
The locals will be cheering on Romain Bardet, who makes an interesting outside bet at 8/1 with Bet365 to win the 2018 Tour de France. The Frenchman was a revelation last year, finishing third in the General Classification and the climbing specialist will be hoping to build on that to become the first home winner of the Tour de France since Bernard Hinault in 1985.
3. Will Chris Froome start in Tour de France 2018?
So far we do not know if Chris Froome is going to start in 2018 Tour de France, but not all bookmakers have odds for him, so we would assume that it is more probable that he won't.