Tour de France Odds 2021 Betting Preview

A look at Tour de France 2021 betting odds as Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar tries to defend his crown

Tadej Pogacar / Slovenia ©IMAGO / Mario Stiehl 06/10/2021

Tour de France Odds 2021 sees the return of the most famous cycling race in the world.

With this being an Olympic year the Tour de France has been moved forward a little bit, to get a start on June 26th.

In this Tour de France Odds 2021 preview, we take a look at some of the history of the race as well as sizing up the chances of the key players in the field.

Tour de France Odds 2021

Tadej Pogacar 5/4
Primoz Roglic 9/4
Geraint Thomas 9/2
Richard Carapaz 8/1
Richie Porte 25/1
Julian Alaphilippe 25/1
Rigoberto Uran 25/1
Tao Geoghegan Hart 33/1
Miguel Angel Lopez 40/1
66/1 bar
*(odds recorded at 23:07 GMT on June 21st, 2021 at 888sport)

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When and where is the Tour de France 2021?

This year’s event was going to be starting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

That would have created history with the race going to Denmark for the first time ever.

But with a lot of rescheduling of sporting events this summer and Copenhagen hosting Euro 2020 football matches, things didn’t work out.

Next year’s Tour de France will start in Denmark. As for this year, the start is in Brest on June 26th, the opening foray of the 26 legs.

The final day of the Tour de France 2021 is on July 18th on the processional Chateau to Paris (Champs-Elysees).

The 2021 Tour de France will be the longest since 2000 as it is a gruelling 2,102 miles in play this year.

Stage 7 of this year’s event is going to be a beast at 155 miles from Vierzon to Le Creusot in what is a medium-mountain stage.

Tour de France – A Brief History

The first-ever Tour de France was hosted in 1903 and was won by Frenchman Maurice Garin. The only non-French winner between 1903 and 1912 was François Faber from Luxembourg in 1909.

Britain’s first-ever success at the Tour de France was accomplished by Bradley Wiggins for Team Sky in 2012.

Other famous names of cycling to have won the title include USA’s Greg LeMond, Spain’s Alberto Contador and Miguel Indurain who won it for five straight years between 1991 and 1995.

The only times that the Tour de France has not been raced was during the two World Wars.

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Who is the reigning Tour de France champion?

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar claimed the Tour de France 2020, becoming the first man from that particular nation to win the Grand Tour event.

That was for the UAE Team Emirates and his compatriot Primoz Roglic took second place, with Australia’s Richie Porte claiming third place.

Pogacar is the outright favourite at 5/4 currently in Tour de France betting odds 2021*(odds recorded at 23:07 GMT on June 21st, 2021 at 888sport).

Last year’s entry into the Tour de France marked the debut in the race for Pogacar.

His only previous Grand Tour event happened in 2019 when he showed some break-through promise to take third place at the Vuelta a Espana.

There has been good form produced by him already this season. The Slovenian won the Tirreno-Adriatico while he was third in the Tour of the Basque Country.

Alongside that, Pogacar claimed a win in the Classic of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

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Can Roglic upset the favourite?

With a little more experience on his side over his competitor Tadej Pogacar, can Primoz Roglic turn the tables?

He has gotten the better of Pogacar this season, beating him to the punch to win the Tour of the Basque Country.

But in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic, Roglic was a long way down the field against Pogacar who took the victory.

Roglic is a two-time Grand Tour winner having claimed back to back wins in the Vuelta a Espana in 2019 and 2020.

The runner up spot in last year’s Tour de France was the best ever finish for him, his second top-five in three attempts at the famous race.

Given the current standings here, Roglic doesn’t look as if he is going to be far away and is a current 2/1 quote in Tour de France betting 2021*(odds recorded at 23:07 GMT on June 21st, 2021 at 888sport).

He was less than a minute behind Pogcar in last year’s Tour de France.

Our betting prediction:
Tadej Pogacar

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(odds recorded 23:07 GMT on June 21st, 2021 at 888sport)


Can Riche Porte topple the challenge of the Slovenians?

Australia’s Richie Porte produced his best-ever finish at the Tour de France in last year’s effort.

He was the third-place finisher, just the second time in ten attempts at the famous Grand Tour fixture that he’d made it to the top five.

So that was a marked improvement from him. Porte has been putting in a busy season, busier than his main rivals in Tour de France 2021.

Porte claimed the win at the Criterium du Dauphine, giving him huge form ahead of the Tour de France 2021.

There was a second-place finish for him at the Tour de Romandie and the Volta a Catalunya as well.

So Porte is in much better seasonal form than he has been ahead of the last two Tour de France challenges.

Can he put it together as a 5/1 contender in Tour de France odds to get the better of Roglic and Pogacar*(odds recorded at 23:07 GMT on June 21st, 2021 at 888sport)?

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Key Facts – Last 10 Tour de France Winners

  • 2020 Tadej Pogacar
  • 2019 Egan Bernal
  • 2018 Geraint Thomas
  • 2017 Chris Froome
  • 2016 Chris Froome
  • 2015 Chris Froome
  • 2014 Vincenzo Nibali
  • 2013 Chirs Froome
  • 2012 Bradley Wiggins
  • 2011 Cadel Evans


How does the British challenge look in Tour de France odds 2021?

2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas is back in action at the event. That title came in an unexpected but fully deserved manner.

Then given the freedom to go and back it up, not playing second fiddle to any teammate in 2019, Thomas went well again to claim second place.

The Welshman didn’t take part last year at the event.

He has claimed a win in the Tour de Romandie this year, as well as a top-three finish in other major events at the Volta a Catalunya and Criterium du Dauphine.

Thomas is a 9/2 option to land the title for the second time in Tour de France betting*(odds recorded at 23:07 GMT on June 21st, 2021 at 888sport)?

Youngster Tao Geoghan Hart made a huge splash last season as he won the Giro d’Italia, one of the three Grand Tour races.

Few would have seen that coming and now he gets his chance to shine in the Tour de France.

Efforts in Major strange events this season hasn’t seen Geoghan Hart go too strongly, failing to finish two of his three runs and is a big 40/1 outsider punt*(odds recorded at 23:07 GMT on June 21st, 2021 at 888sport)?

Best Tour de France each way bet?

That will be Julian Alaphilippe who led for a few stages early on in the Tour de France 2000.

He took the yellow jacket on the second stage after a win and held on to it before Britain’s Adam Yates took over on Stage 5.

The Frenchman’s best finish at the Tour de France was a fifth-place finish in 2019.

He has been lightly raced in the major events this year, but the 2020 World Champion can get himself in the mix from 28/1 e/w*(odds recorded at 23:07 GMT on June 21st, 2021 at 888sport)?

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