The Tour de France is scheduled to get underway on August 29, 2020 following delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with Team Ineos star Egan Bernal favored to defend his crown, according to some oddsmakers’ predictions. Colombia’s in-form star became the first Latin American winner of cycling’s crown jewel when he took the yellow jersey from team-mate Geraint Thomas (who finished second) last year.
2020 Tour de France Prediction: Egan Bernal Tipped to Defend Crown
Bernal enters the fray as a +275 (3.75) favorite to win again in 2020, according to SugarHouse Casino, though another of his Team Ineos comrades, Chris Froome, isn’t far behind at odds of +400 (5.00).
Froome was the last rider to successfully defend the Tour de France when he won three in a row between 2015 and 2017 (then Team Sky), though Matt Dickinson of The Times recently reported the 35-year-old could leave to join emerging outfit Israel Start-Up Nation before this year’s Tour commences.
That might affect his chances and the odds of those around the four-time Tour champion, though Team Ineos are still a powerful setup even without the talents of one of the sport’s modern icons.
Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma is another being tipped for contention at +600 (7.00) after he won the 2019 Vuelta a Espana in confident fashion. The Slovenian has previously won two individual stages at the Tour de France (one in 2017 and one in 2018) but could now have the team setup needed to make a dart for the top spot himself.
Another Colombian star, Nairo Quintana, looks a dark horse to finally win a Tour following his move to Arkea Samsic this year. The South American finished eighth last year and has finished runner-up on two occasions (2013, 2015) and could hold value at +1000 (11.00) to finally push a win over the line.
Bernal looks the top pick for Team Ineos, but 2018 Tour champion Geraint Thomas gets our pick to emerge from the crowd and win a second yellow jersey in three years come September 20. The Welshman’s odds potentially improve if Froome were to leave ahead of this summer’s showcase, giving him greater priority in a team that continues to dominate this race.
Visit the official Tour de France website to preview this year’s route from Nice to Paris.
2020 Tour de France Odds
- Egan Bernal (Team Ineos): +275
- Chris Froome (Team Ineos): +400
- Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): +600
- Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ): +800
- Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos): +900
- Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic): +1000
- Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma): +1100
- Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates): +1600
- Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step): +2000
- Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): +2500
Odds via DraftKings.
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