The Favorites To Win The 2019 Tour de France
Four-time winner Chris Froome will be on the shelf for the 2019 Tour de France after suffering serious injuries in a crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The cycling world will have to wait for at least one more year before seeing him take a stab at winning a record tying fifth Tour de France title.
Even without Froom, this year’s Tour de France will not be short in intrigue and intense competition. The race is wider than it was in recent editions of the race. Nitrogen Sports Blog selects five 2019 Tour de France favorites and discusses each of their chances below.
Tour De France odds and rankings in 2019
Egan Bernal (+200)
Fresh off a win at the Tour de Suisse, Egan Bernal, who’s made his way to the top of the Tour de France rankings in 2019, is looking like a strong candidate to keep his momentum going. Although he wouldn’t call himself the favorite, he admits his confidence is at an all-time high.
Team INEOS suffered through some devastating injuries to some of their top riders in June, but with Bernal, INEOS will still be a force in the Tour de France.
Geraint Thomas (+200)
Geraint Thomas is the reigning Tour de France champion, which is basically all you need to know about why he’s among the favorites. A recent crash during the Tour de Suisse won’t keep Thomas from trying to win his second consecutive Tour de France yellow jersey.
Thomas had a slow start this year, but got some momentum going after finishing third in the Tour de Romandie. If the crash is fully behind Thomas, he could find his 2018 form heading into July. He had a nearly flawless performance in last year’s Tour de France. He was able to leave a lot of his competition, as he climbed the race’s most challenging peaks.
Thomas has as good a shot as anyone to win the Tour de France year, though, he’ll have larger target on his back this time around.
Jakob Fuglsang (+580)
Could this be the year that Jakob Fuglsang finally gets a yellow jersey in the Tour de France. He’s now 34, and his best years may be behind him, but he just won the Critérium du Dauphiné, showing he’s very much capable of keeping in step with the others.
Fuglsang is putting together perhaps the best year of his career. Winning the Tour de France is only going to put that notion beyond doubt. Considered as among the top 2019 Tour de France favorites, Fuglsang also topped the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol last February and finished third in the Tirreno-Adriatico the following month.
Adam Yates (+1250)
Adam Yates will be returning to the Tour de France in 2019 with the podium on his mind. Yates admitted to making some mistakes in 2018’s race. Although he lost, he’s seemingly learned some important lessons from that setback. Yates promises to deliver a better performance for the Mitchelton-Scott team and is a candidate to win the whole thing.
Yates withdrew from the Criterium du Dauphine due to sickness, an unfortunate turn of events for the British, considering that he was still within striking distance of the leadership at the time of his pull-out.
Nairo Quintana (+1650)
Nairo Quintana, also known “El Cóndor de los Andes,” is a climber. He is at his best when he has to pedal uphill. The Tour de France is known for its five iconic climbs, so Quintana could shine during the race’s most difficult stages. Quintana is also well rounded enough to excel during the time trial stages.
His overall skill set makes him a threat that needs to be taken seriously heading into the 2019 Tour de France. Quintana finished eighth in the 2018 Tour de France.
The 2019 Tour de France favorites, along with the rest of the field, are set to test the limits of their bodies this coming July. Each rider needs to finish 21 stages spread out across just 23 days for a shot at winning the race. If that sounds like it’s punishment, it probably is.
But awaiting the winner is everlasting glory — and of course, a cool sum of money. Average joes won’t last a day of riding their bikes under the same conditions of the Tour de France, but they can make money off of it through betting. Before that, though, it’s best to check some of our articles, including one on how to bet on sports.