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Odds To Win the 2018 Tour de France: Froome Cleared of Wrongdoing in Doping Case

Great Britain's Christopher Froome (C) trains with his Great Britain's Team Sky cycling team teammates on July 4, 2018 in Saint-Mars-la-Reorthe, western France, three days prior to the start of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race.

Chris Froome has been cleared of any wrongdoing and is fully eligible to compete in the 2018 Tour de France. Amid controversy surrounding doping allegations and a call from a former champion to have him stricken from the event, the three-time defending champion Froome (+150) is the betting favorite to win the 105th Tour de France. 

The controversy stems from Froome’s urine test at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana that returned results of two times the permitted level of salbutamol, an active ingredient in Ventolin inhalers commonly used by asthma sufferers.

On Monday, July 2, cycling’s governing body, UCI, announced it had closed its case against Team Sky’s poster boy. In addition, the World Anti-Doping Agency exonerated Froome, saying that while his urine test exceeded permitted levels, it did not constitute an adverse analytical finding.

Does getting cleared mean froome is in the clear? 

Retired five-time Tour champion Bernard Hinault was leading a crusade to have Froome ruled ineligible for the race or for the peloton to go on strike if Froome was permitted to race. Hinault references Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and others when making his case. Although Hinault has not spoken out since the news of Froome’s eligibility, some others in the cycling community are.

Froome has won four Tour de France events in the last five years and will be looking to join the exclusive five-time winner club in July. Only three other men can lay claim to that achievement: Jacques Anquetil (France, ’57, ’61-’64), Hinault (France, ’78, ’79, ’81, ’82, ’85) and Miguel Indurain (Spain, ’91-’95). All of Lance Armstrong’s results were voided due to doping during his reign.

Other Contenders

When Froome crashed out of the 2014 race in the fifth stage, Vincenzo Nibali stepped up and won the event. This is the only blemish on Froome’s Tour de France resume but shows that Nibali has the ability and the experience to be a valuable bet at +1100.

Australian Richie Porte finished fifth overall at the 2016 Tour de France and has betting odds of +400 for 2018 at Bovada. Over the past two seasons, Porte has found himself at or near the top of many of the events he has entered. Bovada has him as the second favorite in France.

Last year’s runner-up, Rigoberto Uran, finished just 54 seconds behind Froome after 86 hours of cycling, which is downright cruel when you stop to think about it. One is left to wonder what the result could have been if he hadn’t crashed with Porte while descending Mont du Chat. Uran was runner-up this season at the Tour of Slovenia and finished third in the Colombia Oro y Paz. He comes in at +2500 to win the 2018 Tour de France and gives bettors real value.

A full list of riders and their odds is below:

Odds to win the 2018 tour de france
DriverOdds
Chris Froome+150
Richie Porte+400
Nairo Quintana+700
Mikel Landa+900
Vincenzo Nibali+1100
Tom Dumolin+1200
Romain Bardet+1400
Geraint Thomas+1800
Adam Yates+2000
Primoz Roglic+2000
Jakob Fuglsang+2200
Rigoberto Uran+2500
Alejandro Valverde+2500
Egan Bernal+3300
Dan Martin+5000
Ilnur Zakarin+6600
Steven Kruijswijk+8000
Bauke Mollema+10000
Bob Jungels+10000
Rafael Majka+12500
Marc Soler+25000
Warren Barguil+25000
Wout Poels+25000
Domenico Pozzovivo+30000
Alexis Vuillermoz+50000
Andrey Amador+50000
Damiano Caruso+50000
Darwin Atapuma+50000
Gorka Izagirre+50000
Guillaume Martin+50000
Ion Izagirre+50000
Julian Alaphphillippe+50000
Lillian Calmejane+50000
Mathias Frank+50000
Michel Kwiatkowski+50000
Mikel Nieve+50000
Peter Sagan+50000
Pierre Rolland+50000
Rein Taaramae+50000
Robert Gesink+50000
Serge Pauwels+50000
Tanel Kangert+50000
Tejay Van Garderen+50000
Tiesj Benoot+50000
Tony Gallopin+50000
Tony Martin+50000

Odds as of July 4 at Bovada

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