The countdown to the 2022 Tour de France is gathering pace, with the world-famous cycling road race’s start date now less than a week away.
What will be the 109th edition of the Tour will begin in Copenhagen on the first day of July, with the final stage being the dazzling Champs-Elysees on the 24th of July. The global media and thousands of sports lovers will be watching from the sideline, but which rider will be crowned champion?
The leading online bookmakers from Texas to Tottenham offer registered members betting odds on the Tour’s big winners and losers. Markets are available during the build-up to the opening race, with the odds updated after each event thanks to in-play betting.
Show your knowledge
You may want to add some extra fire to your picks to ransack the bookies, or you may just be after the fame and admiration of your fellow cycling enthusiasts. What better way to show you know cycling than predicting a list of correct results, scoring day after day?
Whatever your reason for wanting to be a cycling soothsayer, we give three easy-to-follow steps. Take heed, and these will have you celebrating far more correct results than apologising for being off the mark with your picks.
A great way to ramp up your Tour de France is to study the stats and trends associated with the race. Look through past results and keep an eye out for anything that becomes obvious. This could be anything from a trend of winning teams, the age of the past champions, and their form heading into the event.
There are lots to get through, but you can speed things up by narrowing your search to the last decade. There isn’t much point in going too far back and looking for trends in riders who have retired. When pouring over the stats, a stat or trend will often become apparent quickly, and the more experience you have with the trends, the quicker finding a pick will become.
Who won the Tour de France last year could give us a clue on which riders to keep close in this renewal. Looking through recent winners gives up plenty of clues, from the names of the champions to the team they represented, their times, results on various stages and more. The more you dig, the more interesting things you will find and the closer you will get to a strong, well-researched and reliable prediction.
Great Britain is fast becoming a nation of cyclists, and that is reflected in the UK’s results in the Tour de France. With lotto funding and an increase in the coverage of road cycling tournaments, more skilled riders are coming through the ranks and showing their capabilities at the Tour. Looking through the last ten winners of the Tour de France general classification, we see Team GB provide us with no fewer than six champions. That’s something special.
That impressive period of dominance began with a double in 2012 and 2013 when Bradley Wiggins landed success before Chris Froome took the baton and won a year later. In more recent times, we saw four champions in a row from Great Britain, with Froome winning in 2015, 2016 and 2017 before Geraint Thomas was the surprise champion in 2018. That was the last time Team GB won this race. In the three runnings since, we’ve seen Egan Bernal of Columbia shock followers by becoming champion before Serbia’s Tadej Pogacar claimed the honors in 2020 and then again in 2021. Will we complete the hattrick?
We stick with the last ten years when looking for a trend in the winning team and discover that UAE Team Emirates have won the last Tours thanks to Pogacar. Team Sky have enjoyed dominance, providing six champions and followers of the stats may be interested to learn that. Team Sky are sure to be popular with those making predictions this year.
Finally, there’s nothing wrong with reading and listening to the thoughts of experts. Who do pundits and past riders expect to win? Don’t let their opinions push you away from your picks, but it’s always nice to check what the experts are going with, and it’s even better when they agree with what you have gone for.