2018 Cycling Betting Preview

Updated Monday 25th February 2019, 08:40 AM

Cycling is one of the few sports in which events take place pretty much all year round, but some of the biggest races for betting purposes are held in the summer months, and so December is still a time when many bettors like to plan ahead and perhaps place a bet or two in advance. The bookmakers haven’t yet priced up all of the headline races, but they do already have a market available for the Tour de France, so let’s see if we can make a selection for that event and have a brief look at some of the others that are likely to be of interest.

How the Bookies See It

Type Odds Bet Now
Tour de France Winner
Chris Froome
Tom Dumoulin
Richie Porte
Nairo Quintana
Bet Now


  • The 2018 Tour de France will be the 105th edition of the race, and will take place from Saturday 7 to Sunday 29 July. The 2017 race was won by Chris Froome, giving him the fourth Tour de France win of his career and his third win in succession. Froome is the favourite to win again in 2018, and if past form is anything to go by, he is an obvious choice for betting purposes. That said, Froome is currently in the spotlight after urine tests showed abnormally high levels of the asthma drug salbutamol.
  • The 2017 Giro d’Italia was won by Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands. Next year’s event will be the 101st edition, and will make history by being the first Grand Tour to begin outside Europe. The starting point on Friday 4 May will be in Jerusalem, Israel, and the race will conclude in Rome, Italy, on Sunday 27 May. Although bookmakers have not yet priced up this event, Dumoulin will no doubt be hoping to repeat the performance which won him this race in 2017. 
  • The 2018 Vuelta a Espana will run from Saturday 25 August until Sunday 16 September. Chris Froome won this race in 2017, but if he doesn't clear his name over that failed drugs test, he could have the title strpped from him. It is still very early days as far as that topic is concerned, but if Froome competes here again next year then he will certainly want to prove himself again.
  • The Tour de Yorkshire may not sound quite as impressive as the other three events, but it is one which has proved incredibly popular since its inaugural running in 2015. This year’s event was won by Serge Pauwels of Belgium, and previous winners came from France and Belgium, so we will have to wait and see if Brits can fare any better in 2018. Next year’s event will start at Beverley on Thursday 3 May and conclude on Sunday 6 May in Leeds.

Sports.net’s View

The Chris Froome drug test news broke very recently, and so we have no idea whether or not it will affect his chances of riding in any of the 2018 cycling events. Assuming it won’t, we would expect him to have another good year in 2018, and particularly in the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Based on past form only, we will tip Froome to win the first of those events for the fourth year in a row, and watch with interest.

Sports.net's Top Tip

Type Odds Bet Now
Tour de France Winner
Bet Now

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Monday, 25 February 2019 08:40:36+00:00
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