- Egan Bernal is the outright favorite at 2/1.
- Slovenian Primož Roglič is the second favorite to win this year’s Tour de France.
- Team Ineos cyclist Chris Froome is the third favorite.
After much speculation surrounding this year’s Tour de France, due to concerns about the global coronavirus pandemic, the world’s most prestigious bicycle race will go ahead after all – much to the delight of cycling enthusiasts around the world! Whilst, the mammoth race across the French mountains usually takes place in July, this year’s Tour de France will start on August 29th, ending just over three weeks later, on September 20th.
With most sporting events around the globe still not welcoming back fans, gatherings of up to 5,000 people are permitted in France, meaning spectators will be allowed to line the streets and cheer on the cyclists in traditional fashion. However, in the mist of the virus, there will be rules regarding health and safety, of course! “The public will be able to come to the Tour, but there will probably be some form of filtering,” Tour director Christian Prudhomme told the French media.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the favorites to win this year’s prestigious race! Read on to find out more.
Egan Bernal – Team Ineos
Egan Bernal is the outright favorite at 2/1 in the Tour de France 2020 betting odds. The 23-year-old, who currently represents UCI WorldTeam Team Ineos, last year became the first Latin American to win the race. Bernal also became the youngest winner of a General Classification race since 1909, and the third youngest of all time at 22 years, 196 days.
The Colombian was promoted to co-leader of Team Ineos, alongside Geraint Thomas, in the absence of the injured Chris Froome, and by stage 2, Bernal found himself in the top 10. Despite poor individual performances in the alpine stages, an attack on stage 18 saw the Colombian move into second. Stage 19 was shortened due to extreme weather, and whilst positions were null, times were recorded at the top of the Iseran, firing Bernal into a 45 second lead. The 23-year-old defended his lead and confirmed his victory in the ceremonial ride onto the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Primož Roglič – Team Jumbo-Visma
Slovenian Primož Roglič is the second favourite to win this year’s Tour de France. The 30-year-old, who currently races for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo-Visma, started his career as a ski jumper, becoming the Junior World Ski Jumping champion in 2007, before switching to road cycling. In 2017, Roglič claimed stage 17 of the Tour de France, becoming the first Slovenian to win a stage of the illustrious race. At the 2018 edition of the Tour de France, the 30-year-old was able to compete with the world’s most elite riders and landed an impressive fourth placed finish. After finishing on the podium at last year’s Giro D’Italia, and winning the Vuelta a España, Roglič skipped the Tour de France. However, the Slovenian fancies his chances this year, saying: “We are all going to fight to get it and, if you look at my results from the last few seasons, you will see that I have won a few races. Therefore, I see no reason not to be optimistic.”
Chris Froome – Team Ineos
Chris Froome, who is the third favorite to win the event, made his name with Team Konica Minolta and Team Barlowood, before moving to Team Sky in 2010. He instantly become one of the team’s main cyclists, winning the Vuelta a España in 2011, and in 2012, he finished second in the Tour de France – only behind teammate Bradley Wiggins. Froome won the 2013 edition of the prestigious race, and has won it a further three times since, in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The Kenyan-born cyclist, who has two Olympic bronze medals, also won the Vuelta a España in 2017, and scooped his first Giro d’Italia the following year.