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For a lot of people two wheels are better than four and with the rise in popularity of cycling in the UK thanks to Team GB's success at recent Olympics, there are now more chances to bet for free on cycling than ever.

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2019 Tour de France

The bookmakers have not been especially inventive when picking the favourites for the 2019 Tour de France, with the men who finished first, second and third in 2018 leading the betting.

Chris Froome is the early betting favourite having won the race four times in the past, although only managing third in 2018. Froome’s four titles in France leaves him just one behind the all-time record of five, which is shared by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

2018 champion Geraint Thomas is fancied to do well again the following year, while the 2018 runner-up Tom Dumoulin is seen as a coming force in the sport and is likely to win another Grand Tour after his Giro d’Italia victory in 2017.

 

Tour de France 2019 Schedule

Day in July Stage Type KM's
6 1 Flat 119
7 2 Time Trial 27
8 3 Flat 214
9 4 Flat 215
10 5 Mountains 169
11 6 Mountains 157
12 7 Flat  230
13 8 Hills 199 
14 9 Mountains 170
15 10 Hills 218
16 Rest Day N/A  
17 11 Flat 167
18 12 Mountains 202
19 13 Time Trial 27
20 14 Mountains 117
21 15  Mountains 185 
22 Rest Day N/A  N/A
23 16 Flat 177
24 17 Mountains 206
25 18 Mountains 207
26 19 Mountains 123
27 20 Mountains 131 
28 21 Flat 116 

The Individual Time Trials involve riders setting off at set intervals and racing against the clock. The other stages are races and last about five hours. Its another tradition that there is no competitive cycling over the final stage and the leader rides ceremonially into Paris. Stages 19 to 21 will be crucial and usually the winner is confirmed over these three days. 

2018 Tour de France

Winner: Geraint Thomas (GBR) (Team Sky)
Second: Tom Dumoulin (NED) (Team Sunweb)
Third: Chris Froome (GBR) (Team Sky)
Points: Peter Sagan (SVK) (Bora–Hansgrohe)
Mountains: Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (Quick-Step Floors)
Youth: Pierre Latour (FRA) (AG2R La Mondiale)
Combativity: Dan Martin (IRL) (UAE Team Emirates)
Team: Movistar Team

Traditions

It is an enduring element of the race that the most well known sporting event in France starts in another country. The Tour de France in 2014 staged Le Grand Depart in Yorkshire and crowds flocked to the streets of Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield and all points in between for the first two stages. It’s Germany’s turn to get this year’s race up and running with an individual time trial over 14 kilometres. There are 21 stages in total over the 23 days of the event. The organisers are not so cruel to not schedule two rest days, on the 10th and 17th of the month. Bastille Day on July 14th features a 101 km stage from Saint Girons to Foix. Every Tour offers something unique and this time the Tour will go through all five of France’s range of mountains. This is good news for the specialist climbers like Froome but Porte is also strong in the mountains. The climbers will be relatively comfortable over some cruelly steep climbs which will sort out the men from the boys. Its the stages with climbs that generally determine the winner and other contenders and this year that means a showdown between Froome and Porte but Romain Bardot, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador will also be in their element at the toughest times during the Tour. The winner should come form this quintet of riders.

Previous Winners

Year Name Country Team
2018 Geraint Thomas UK Team Sky

2017

Chris Froome UK Team Sky

2016

Chris Froome UK Team Sky
2015 Chris Froome UK Team Sky
2014 Vincenzo Nibali Italy Astana
2013 Chris Froome UK Team Sky
2012 Bradley Wiggins UK Team Sky
2011 Cadel Evans Australia BMC Racing Team
2010 Andy Schlek Luxembourg CSC
2009 Alberto Contador Spain Astana
2008 Carlos Sastre Spain CSC
2007 Alberto Contador Spain Discovery Channel

 

The leading countries are as follows:

  • France – 36 winners
  • Belgium – 18 winners
  • Spain – 11 winners I
  • taly – 10 winners
  • Luxembourg – 6 winners

Riders from the United Kingdom had not won the Tour before Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome is one of just eight riders to have recorded three wins or more. Miguel Indurain won the tour from 1991 to 1996 and is the last rider to win in three consecutive years. Richie Porte is from Australia and Cadel Evans in 2011 is the only winner from that country in the history of the race.

Teams

There are 22 squads of nine riders. Each team has a main contender and the others ride tactically to give this man the best chance of winning stages and the Tour. Great Britain is represented by Team Sky and there are teams from 12 other countries in total. France has the biggest representation with five teams. Seven of the 22 teams are non-European and each team has a manger who directs operations.

What are the best cycling free bets?

Of course at the start of every race there is the possibility to bet on the winner and in terms of stage races you can always take a punt with you free cycling bet on who will claim each and every stage.

There are always the more established names at the head of the odds when it comes to these markets but regularly with clear favourites commanding the shortest odds it can provide excellent value further down the field, and we will keep you updated on the latest here at FREEbets.org.uk.

The fields are always so large in the big road races that a number of additional markets are thrown into view including the winning nationality, the highest finishes in each nationality, the number of finishers and the winning margin.

There are also plenty of specials that crop up at the start of each race which are good cycling free bet fodder so keep an eye out for what is offered up by the bookies before the riders set off on their odysseys. 

The Tour de France remains the annual pinnacle of the sport in terms of road racing which comes around every summer and sees all the greatest cyclists in the world either competing for the overall victory in the race or stage wins throughout the gruelling contest. When it rolls around we will have news on the runners here at FREEbets.org.uk.

The Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana are two other standout European races on the calendar but there are a huge number of races to enjoy over the year culminating in the Tour of Beijing at the end of October.

On the track there is the annual World Championships and of course the Olympic and Commonwealth Games every four years to look forward to and as such plenty of cycling to enjoy near enough all year round.

How to claim your Free Cycling Bets

Cycling is as global a sport as you can find with riders from all over the planet competing in all the big races that are competed for, as such there isn’t a bookmaker around who will not provide odds and chances for betting for free on cycling with all the major markets available in the sport.

With the number of competitors in each race it is well worth doing some decent research before plumping for a bet but once you have done that and you know which bookmaker you want to go with, click on the link to that bookie from the list on the right hand side of this page.

Once at the bookmakers homepage you will need to follow the simple steps to register with your chosen bookie, it takes just a few seconds and then you will be ready to go.

Select cycling from within the sportsbook and find the market you are keen to have a punt on, click on the odds and this will add the chosen market to the betting slip, from there on in you will be able to use your free bet.

Is cycling popular with bookmakers?

Big time! Nearly all the yearly cycling calendar events are covered with bets available. Some of the markets you can expect to see for each race are:

  • Tour de France stage bets
  • Number of yellow jerseys
  • Top 3 finish in any race
  • Grand Tour 2015 specials
  • Bradley Wiggins specials

The Olympics has done a lot for a number of sports but few have had such a boost in popularity in Britain in recent times as cycling thanks to the exploits of Team GB’s cyclists over the last 12 years.

Through the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott the sport has burst into the consciousness of the British sporting pubic thanks to their phenomenal success and of course Sir Bradley Wiggins has done so not just in the Olympic Games but in the biggest road race in the world, the Tour de France.

With the use of bikes across the UK having gone through the roof in recent years and the addition of a new Velodrome in London after the Olympics there is plenty of interest in the participation in the sport and as such there is a burgeoning interest in watching the sport and therefore free betting on it.

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