The 109th edition of the Tour de France will race from July 1 to 24 as the 2,068-mile race (3,328 km) sees the world’s top riders competing in Cycling’s premier event, and looking to be the last to wear the coveted Yellow Jersey on the 25th stop on the UCI World Tour.
The 2022 Tour de France starts in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday, July 1 and runs to Sunday, July 24 with the Final Stage at the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Stage 1 of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes follows the Tour de France and starts the day of its Final Stage.
2022 Tour de France Scheduled to Start in Denmark July 1
The last two years the Tour de France has been won by Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates and for this year’s race, online oddsmakers have Pogačar the favorite to win the Tour de France this year again currently at -165 odds (BetUS).
Just like the other Grand Tours—the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España—there are 21 day-long stages in the Tour de France, a now iconic bike race run by the Amaury Sport Organisation created back in 1903 to try to increase Newspaper sales for the L’Auto.
The Tour de France is the crown jewel of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI )—the governing body for competitive sports Cycling internationally—also has a new sister being born in the 2022 Tour de France Femmes which is staging its first edition on July 24.
Similar Women’s versions of the Tour de France have been held from 1984 to 2009 as well as a one/two-day race from 2014 to 2021, but this will be the first eight-day with the 24 competing teams starting at the Champs-Élysées in Paris after the Men’s race has ended.
🤩 And Action! Le Tour de France will be on @NetflixFR!
🎬 A documentary series on the #TDF2022 will be filmed between March and July 2022 with the help of @Francetele and broadcast in the first half of 2023! pic.twitter.com/03uE02irVJ
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) March 31, 2022
The race usually consists of 20-22 teams with 8 riders apiece with most working toward the success of a lead team rider with stages timed from start to finish and then added up cumulatively. The Yellow Jersey is given to the rider with the lowest time of each stage.
The annual course for the Tour de France actually alternates between clockwise and counterclockwise and doesn’t just limit itself to the French borders, as the 2022 race’s starting point in Copenhagen, Denmark and stops in Switzerland and Belgium proves.
Also of note, the 2022 Tour de France will be the subject of a Netflix documentary—with help from the France Télévisions network—which has already started filming and will tape through July and is scheduled to be broadcast internationally in the first half of 2023.
The majority of the TDF attention goes to the eventual race winner, but there are also sub-contests within each Tour de France like the Young Rider Classification (Under 26), Mountains Classification (for Climbers), and the Points classification (for Sprinters).
Oddsmakers at the top Cycling sportsbooks have released rider’s odds for the 2022 Tour de France in July, so let’s take a look at the numbers and make a pick for the race for Cycling fans and online bettors to consider.
2022 Tour de France Winner Odds
Tadej Pogačar -165
Primož Roglič +200
Jonas Vingegaard +550
Richard Carapaz +2000
Daniel Martinez +2200
Enric Mas Nicolau +3300
Geraint Thomas +3300
Jack Haig +4000
Wout Van Ert +4000
Adam Yates +5000
Julian Alaphilipe +6600
Egan Bernal +6600
Mikel Landa +8000
Thibaut Pinot +9000
David Gaudu +10000
Miguel Ángel López +10000
Mark Padun +10000
Pavel Sivikov +10000
Simon Yates +10000
Rigoberto Urán +12500
Chris Froome +15000
Sepp Kuss +15000
Tom Pidcock +15000
Tom Dumoulin +20000
Tour de France Winners 1999-2021
2021—Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia), UAE Team Emirates
2020—Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia), UAE Team Emirates
2019—Egan Bernal (Colombia), Team Ineos
2018—Geraint Thomas (Great Britain), Team Sky
2017—Chris Froome (Great Britain), Team Sky
2016—Chris Froome (Great Britain), Team Sky
2015—Chris Froome (Great Britain), Team Sky
2014—Vincenzo Nibali (Italy), Astana
2013—Chris Froome (Great Britain), Team Sky
2012—Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), Team Sky
2011—Cadel Evans (Australia), BMC Racing Team
2010—Andy Schleck (Luxembourg), Team Saxo Bank
2009—Alberto Contador (Spain), Astana
2008—Carlos Sastre (Spain), Team CSC
2007—Alberto Contador (Spain), Discovery Channel
2006—Oscar Peteiro (Spain), Caisse d’Epargne–Illes Balears
1999-2005—No Winner (Lance Armstrong stripped of titles)
Odds Reveal Maybe Three Have Real Chance to Win TDF?
When looking at the Futures (Outright winner) betting odds for the 2022 Tour de France, it’s evident that the team nature of this sport which leads to one individual ultimately winning sees oddsmakers giving three riders a real chance to win the 119th edition in July.
And they are last year’s winner Tadej Pogačar (-165), Primož Roglič (2/1), and Jonas Vingegaard (+550) and logic dictates one of these three riders does get the Yellow Jersey this time around with talented Slovenian Pogačar looking to threepeat in La République.
Pogačar rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates and the 23-year-old won the Bronze Medal at the Men’s road race in the Tokyo Olympics and was the youngest rider to ever win a UCI World Tour race capturing the 2019 Tour of California at age 20.
𝘾𝙤𝙡 𝙙𝙪 𝙂𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙗𝙞𝙚𝙧 🏔✨ dans 100 jours, le tour de France passera par-là 🚴🚴 🚴 🤩#Valloire 🏔✨ #Galibier#cyclo #cycling #tdf2022 pic.twitter.com/pSa3mFE3AH
— Valloire Galibier ☀️❄️ (@valloire) April 5, 2022
The current PCS Ranking has Slovenians Pogačar and Roglič ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the world respectively with Roglič’s Jumbo-Visma teammate Wout Van Aert (40/1) ranked at No. 2 with Julian Alaphhilippe (66/1) ranked No. 4 and Remco Evenpoel ranked No. 5.
After suffering an injury as a Ski Jumper in 2007, Roglič (2,421 points) switched to competitive Cycling and he, Van Ert, and Dane Vingegaard (Ranked No. 10) all ride for UCI WorldTeam Jumbo-Visma which might have the best chance of winning the 2022 TDF.
Colombian Daniel Martinez (22/1) is the oddsmakers fifth choice and the 25-year-old rides for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers while Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (20/1) is the oddsmakers fourth pick and he also rides for that team and won the 2019 Giro d’Italia.
France will be putting its hopes in 35-year-old Frenchman Pavel Sivakov (100/1), and he also rides for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers while UCI WorldTeam EF Education-EasyPost has Ukrainian Mark Padun (100/1) and Rigoberto Urán (125/1).
Reigning UCI World Road Champion Alaphilippe (1,919 points), who rides for the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team, may not be one Futures bettors need to consider, as this may be a matter of choosing between the favorite Pogačar, Roglič, or Vingegaard.
Where to Watch the 2022 Tour de France on TV
In the US, the 2022 Tour de France will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network, a cable network channel, while in Great Britain, ITV4 will air the Tour de France with Canada airing the Men’s Tour de France and Women’s Tour de France Femmes on FloBikes.
2022 Tour de France Winner Pick:
Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. …
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