Commonly referred to as La Grand Boucle, the Tour de France is the world's most-renowned bicycle race. The event is held annually over the course of 21 stages, which take place over 24 days. Read on to discover the latest Tour de France odds, as well as our expert tips and predictions!

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The Tour de France is undoubtedly the world’s most prestigious and most famous bicycle race and sets off from a different starting point each year in June. While the event usually kicks off in France, it has in the past also done so in neighbouring countries.

The route for the Tour de France varies each year, but nowadays, it normally finishes at the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Most of the tour’s 21 stages will take place in France, but it is not unusual for the race to leave French borders and enter surrounding territory of bordering nations. Countries that have previously hosted stages of the Tour De France include Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands.

As the race tours France, it covers all manner of French terrain that includes mountains, valleys, forests and anything else that the country's scenery can provide. Though the race takes place during the summer, it is not uncommon for the riders to face extreme weather along the route, such as high winds and storms. These factors add to the difficulty, stamina and courage that is demanded from the cyclists taking part, showing why the Tour de France’s status is the most prestigious of cycling's three Grand Tours. The other two are the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España.

A Rundown of the Different Stages for the 2022 Tour de France

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    July 1: Copenhagen, Denmark – 13 km

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    July 2: Roskilde to Nyborg (Denmark) – 199 km

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    July 3: Vejle to Sønderborg (Denmark) – 182 km

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    July 5: Dunkirk to Calais (France) – 172 km

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    July 6: Lille to Arenberg (France) – 155 km

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    July 7: Binche (Belgium) to Longwy (France) – 220 km

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    July 8: Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles (France) – 176 km

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    July 9: Dole (France ) to Lausanne (Switzerland) – 184 km

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    July 10: Aigle (Switzerland) to Châtel (France) – 183 km

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    July 12: Morzine to Megève (France) – 148 km

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    July 13: Albertville to Col du Granon (France) – 149 km

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    July 14: Briançon to Alpe d'Huez (France) – 166 km

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    July 15: Bourg-d'Oisans to Saint-Étienne (France) – 193 km

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    July 16: Saint-Étienne to Mende (France) – 195 km

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    July 17: Rodez to Carcassonne (France) – 200 km

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    July 19: Carcassonne to Foix(France) – 179 km

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    July 20: Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes (France) -130 km

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    July 21: Lourdes to Hautacam (France) – 143 km

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    July 22: Castelnau-Magnoac to Cahors (France) – 189 km

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    July 23: Lacapelle-Marival to Rocamadour (France) – 40 km

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    July 24: Paris La Défense Arena to Paris (Champs-Élysées) (France) – 112 km

The Most Important and Challenging Stages of the 2022 Tour de France

Below are 5 key stages that truly stand out for the cyclists who will take part in the 2022 Tour de France. These include:

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    Stage 5: Lille to Arenberg (France): This key stage takes place after the Tour de France's opening time trial as well as the initial flat stages. The cobbled sections of this stage add to the difficulty for the cyclists as they cross Northern France.

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    Stage 7: Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles (France): Stage 7 is another section of the Tour de France that is absolutely crucial to the success of each cyclist. It is commonly known as ‘The Climb' and will see the contestants ascend toward the high mountain stages that take place in the Alps and the Pyrenees.

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    Stage 12: Briançon to Alpe d'Huez (France): Here cyclists will need to tackle 21 hairpin turns, which add to the difficulty of one of the Tour de France's most infamous climbing stages.

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    Stage 18: Lourdes to Hautacam (France): As the 2022 Tour de France's final mountain stage, success along the route from Lourdes to Hautacam is absolutely crucial for the race’s top cyclists.

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    Stage 20: Lacapelle-Marival to Rocamadour (France): The 20th stage consists of a 40 km time trial that includes a route through the rolling roads found in Causses du Quercy National Park.

The 2022 Tour de France is scheduled to complete the usual 21 stages across 24 total days, running from July 1st to July 24th. Read on for the latest 2022 Tour de France odds, as well as important tips and available promotions.

Tour de France Betting Odds 2022

We've listed below the five leading contenders for the 2022 Tour de France, as well as their odds:

CyclistOddsBookmaker
Tadej Pogačar8/11Betway
Primož Roglič10/3bet365
Jonas Vingegaard9/2Betfred
Daniel Martinez22/1Betway
Richard Carapaz28/1BetVictor
Geraint Thomas33/1William Hill
Enric Mas Nicolau40/1Unibet
Egan Bernal50/1bet365

Tour de France Betting Tips & Predictions 2022

Having also placed among the favourites for the 2021 race, Tadej Pogačar ended up scoring a huge win. Tour de France odds for this year hold that Pogačar will successfully defend his title in the 2022 edition of the race, with his current odds of winning being listed as low as 4/7 at Coral.

Notable outsiders that are expected to make a strong showing include Nairo Quintana, Miguel Angel Lopez, and Rigoberto Uran.

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    bet365 is offering new customers £50 in free bets to use on the Tour de France, which you can claim by registering and depositing a minimum of £5.

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    On the other hand, Paddy Power is offering a Risk-Free £20 Bet Offer which allows new customers to get up to £20 back if their initial bet loses.

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    The Tour de France is the world’s most prestigious bike race and may be the most challenging event of its kind.

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    It is the world’s third most-watched sporting event, following the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics.

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    Some of Europe’s most stunning scenery can be seen throughout the official route.

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    The world’s best cyclists come together to take part in this incredible competition.

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    Tour de France odds usually offer great value for punters.

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As you may already know, there are many types of cycling bets at top betting sites designed to suit every type of punter. A few examples would be betting on the outright winners of the race, predicting the winner of a particular stage or even predicting the nationality of the outright winner. We've listed a few of the most popular bets for the Tour de France below.

Outright Winner

This is where you can place a bet on who you think will be the outright winner of the Tour de France. For your bet to make a return, you simply need your pick to cross the finishing line before everyone else and win the race.

Best Tour de France betting site for Outright Winner: LV BET

Outright Winner Nationality

This is a simple bet where you need to predict the nationality of the race’s winner, i.e. Colombian, British, Spanish or maybe a local Frenchman. You do not need to specify the winning rider with this bet – merely their nationality, so if there are numerous riders from one nation, then any one of those can win you this bet.

Top 5 nationalities to win the Tour de France

RankingNationalityTotal WinsNo. of Winning CyclistsNo. of Winning Stages
1.France3623702
2.Belgium1810471
3.Spain127129
4.Italy107268
5.Luxembourg5470

Best Tour de France betting site for winning nationality: bet365

Points Winner

This is a bet on who will win the Green or Points Jersey, which is awarded to the rider who accumulates the most points in stage finishes and intermediate sprints. All you need to do here is predict who the recipient of this prize will be for the bet to pay out.

Best Tour de France betting site for Points Winner: Ladbrokes

Stage Winner

There are 21 stages at the Tour de France and, while each stage is different, there are 21 opportunities to back a stage winner, be it a sprinter or a climber. With this bet you need to pick the winner of a nominated stage, not the overall race.

Best Tour de France betting site for Stage Winner: FansBet

Top Three

Slightly similar to an each-way bet in other sports, this is a good option if you'd prefer to bet on a cyclist to place at the top rather than win outright. Your bet will win if your selection finishes among the top three contestants at the end of the race.

Best Tour de France betting site for Top Three Finish: SportNation

Top Ten

This is the same type of golf bet as abov,e but extended to the top ten finishers. So, as before, your bet will be a winner so long as the nominated rider is among the top ten positions.

Best Tour de France betting site for Top Ten Finish: Parimatch

Head to Head

Head to head bets (or matched bets) on the Tour de France pit two cyclists against each other to see who finishes better in the race or stage. It doesn’t matter where your pick finishes in the overall race for this market – the deciding factor here is that they outperform whoever your bet has matched them against.

Best Tour de France betting site for head to head betting: Novibet

The first Tour de France took place in 1903, being the brainchild of sports journalists Henri Desgrange and George Lefèvre in an effort to improve circulation of their sports newspaper. Back then, the race was held over six stages, covering 2428 km as the riders left Paris for Lyon and biking down to Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes before returning to Paris.

Maurice Garin won that first Tour in front of 20,000 Parisians, and L’Auto’s circulation quadrupled. While that inaugural race was a success, the following (second) edition was a disaster, as cheats began catching trains and sabotaging each other’s bicycles. Over the next few years, however, the event grew into something special as mountain stages were added and the route doubled in length.

The famous yellow jersey that is awarded to the winners of the Tour de France was introduced by Desgrange in 1919, with the colour being the same as that of the paper that he produced – it also allowed roadside spectators to identify the leading cyclists more easily. Eugene Christophe was the first person to wear the yellow jersey and did so on 18th July 1919.

Recent Tour de France Winners

YearWinnerNationalityTeam
2021Tadej PogačarSloveniaUAE Team Emirates
2020Tadej PogačarSloveniaUAE Team Emirates
2019Egan BernalColombiaTeam Ineos
2018Geraint ThomasGreat BritainTeam Sky
2017Chris FroomeGreat BritainTeam Sky
2016Chris FroomeGreat BritainTeam Sky
2015Chris FroomeGreat BritainTeam Sky
2014Vincenzo NibaliItalyAstana
2013Chris FroomeGreat BritainTeam Sky
2012Bradley WigginsGreat BritainTeam Sky
2011Cadel EvansAustraliaBMC Racing Team

Tour De France Key Stats

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    Sylvain Chavanel holds the record for the most appearances in the race, having participated 18 times.

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    The title for the most consecutive finishes is held by American George Hincapie.

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    Joop Zoetemelk and Sylvain Chavanel have both finished the race 16 times, and so share the record for finishes.

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    Chavanel also holds the record for the most Tour de France stages completed, with 369 in total.

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    But it is Zoetemelk who has taken in the most kilometres ridden in Tour history, with 62,885.

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    19th August – 11th September 2022, Vuelta a España: One of the three major European tours, the Vuelta a España takes in some breath-taking Spanish scenery over its 21 stages.

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    TBC 2023, Giro d'Italia: Primarily held in Italy, this race is one of cycling’s three Grand Tours.

We would recommend Coral and Ladbrokes as being the best bookmakers for the Tour de France.

The race can be watched live on ITV4, Eurosport and GCN.

The Tour de France differs in route and length each year.

The race usually sets off in June and finishes in July.

Whilst the majority of the Tour de France is indeed held in France, many nearby countries have hosted part of the race in the past – even those that do not share a border.

Yes, you can bet on the cyclist who you think will win the race outright.

Yes, you can also bet on the winner of each of the 21 stages.

The Tour de France is the world’s most famous professional cycling race, and is also the most popular event of its kind to bet on. It is also the grandest of cycling's three Grand Tours, along with the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España. The race normally terminates at Champs-Elysées in Paris after 21 stages and 23 days following the Grand Départ, where the riders set off – the location of which changes each year. What doesn’t change, however, is the amount of excitement that this huge event generates.

WRITTEN BY James Cormack View all posts by James Cormack

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