June 2021 – The Tour de France is the most important event in cycling and one of the biggest events in all of sport. This historic competition sees the best and hardiest cyclists compete for that famous yellow jersey over 21 gruelling stages which test all facets of cycling.
The 2021 race will revert to its famous place in the calendar, beginning on Saturday June 26 and ending Sunday July 18.
Latest Betting Update – July 2, 2021
It’s been a dramatic start to the tour, and we have already seen a few of the main competitors almost ruled out of glory after losing time early.
One rider that hasn’t done that is the 2020 winner and pre-race favourite Tadej Pogacar, who was odds against before the start of this year’s race but is now 2/5 with Paddy Power to win the race.
Richard Carapaz has emerged as a potential challenger, he is 8/1 with bet365 while Wout Van Aert is 10/1 with Betfred.
Latest Tour de France 2021 Winner Odds
Tour de France Betting Odds & Markets
The most popular of all the Tour de France betting options is the main winner market. Here, you are betting on which rider will win the general classification at the end of the 21 stages. The market will shift during the three weeks of competition with the Tour de France odds reflecting the current state of affairs and how riders are expected to fare in the upcoming stage.
Top 3 & Top 10 Odds
You can also profit from the general classification include the Top 3 and Top 10 betting markets. These are best used for riders who have a strong team and should go well but lack that little bit extra it takes to win the yellow jersey.
Points Classification Odds
Another popular betting option is on the winner of the points classification. This is the secondary competition of the Tour in which the best sprinters earn points from high finishes and winning sprints with the leader wearing the green jersey.
There are similar betting markets for the young rider classification which is awarded to the best rider aged under 25 and for the King of the Mountains who is awarded the polka dot jersey.
The best online bookmakers also have a host of daily betting markets for the Tour such as the stage winner market.
How to Bet on the Tour de France
If you are serious about ending the upcoming three weeks in profit it will require a much more considered approach than simply backing your favourite rider in the Tour de France winner odds.
The Tour de France really is a team event and it is vital to assess the strength of a team before backing a rider in any of the markets involving individual awards. The particular strengths of a team are also well worth considering if you’re betting on individual stage winners. A team’s quality is most tested on the most challenging mountain stages and that’s an area of real opportunity for switched on punters.
As with any top-level sport, form is always an important consideration for your Tour de France betting. Performances in the other Grand Tours – the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España – are useful indicators for success as are any strong performances over the last two months.
The final thing to note is the importance of fitness. The Tour de France is one of the most physically demanding events in all of sport. Whilst every rider will need to be patched up at times and fight through the pain, those short of fitness or battling injury concerns are at a distinct disadvantage.
Tour de France Betting Offers
The online bookies have not missed the popularity of the Tour de France. They’ve worked hard to provide their users with a combination of a comprehensive selection of markets, generous odds and some tempting Tour de France betting offers.
888Sport take the Tour de France as seriously as any bookmaker. They are offering all new customers £30 in free bets to use for the Tour de France when they sign up and place a first bet of just £10.
When is Tour de France 2021?
The 2021 Tour de France will return to a similar time of year that we are used to with this event.
The test for riders will begin on June 26 and the final day of the race will be July 18.
Recent Tour de France Winners
|2020||Tadej Pogacar||UAE Team Emirates|
|2019||Egan Bernal||Team Ineos|
|2018||Geraint Thomas||Team Sky|
|2017||Chris Froome||Team Sky|
|2016||Chris Froome||Team Sky|
|2015||Chris Froome||Team Sky|
|2013||Chris Froome||Team Sky|
|2012||Bradley Wiggins||Team Sky|
|2011||Cadel Evans||BMC Racing Team|
|2010||Andy Schleck||Team Saxo Bank|
Tour de France Live Streaming
If you’re wondering what channel is the Tour de France on the wonder no more. Eurosport hold the broadcast rights for the Tour once again so will cover all of the action on TV and via their online streaming service. Therefore, the best way for British cycling fans to watch Tour de France live online is via Eurosport’s streaming service.
ITV Sport will also provide a Tour de France live stream through the ITV hub as well as producing their top class highlights package in the evening if you are unable to catch the racing live. The bookmakers don’t currently have the rights to produce any Tour de France stream options for 2020 but that will hopefully change in the years to come.
Tour de France FAQs
What does general classification mean?
If you watch a Tour de France live stream you'll hear the phrase 'general classification' a lot. Simply put, it is the Tour's main competition, ranking the riders by their overall time for the race so far. At the end, the man with the quickest time wins the Tour de France.
What do the different jerseys mean in the Tour de France?
The awarding of different jerseys is one of the great traditions of the Tour de France. The most well known is the yellow jersey (or maillot jaune) worn by the leader of the general classification. The others are green jersey which goes to the leader of the sprinters' points classification; the polka dot jersey which goes to the King of the Mountains and the white jersey which goes to the fastest rider under the age of 25.
What is the prize money like in the Tour de France?
The riders in the Tour de France are professional athletes and can win a fair amount of money during their careers. There's a total prize pool of around £2 million available which is split among the riders for various achievements with half a million euros awarded to the winner.
Why does the 2019 Tour de France start in Belgium?
Although the Tour de France is a very French affair, is very often starts outside of France. This first happened in 1954 when the first stage took place in the Netherlands and over the years it's started in Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland, Monaco, the UK and is scheduled to begin in Denmark in 2021.
What happened to Team Sky?
Team Sky had huge ambitions when they entered the world of cycling. They were initially laughed at by more established teams but have produced three different Tour de France winners - Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas - for six total wins. Sky decided to pull out of racing though and lead sponsorship of the team was taken over by British chemicals company, Ineos and thus were renamed Team Ineos even though key personnel remains largely the same.