2022 Tour de France Preview & Betting Tips

Published: May 16, 3:06pm Last Updated: Aug 2, 2:50pm Cycling 0 Comments 616 Views

2022 Tour de France

The 2022 Tour de France will take place over the duration of twenty-four days between Friday 1st July and Sunday 24th July in which the riders will face twenty-two stages with two rest days. This will be the 109th edition of the Tour de France and will be the first time that it will start in Denmark with the country becoming the tenth country to host the start of the race, the riders will spend three days in Denmark before travelling to France for stage four.

There are several markets available during the TdF, most of which go to individual riders with the 'Yellow Jersey' being the main one as this is the overall winner of the tour.

What does the Tour de France consist of?

The 2022 schedule is yet to be decided upon, but here is what the 2021 race contained.

  • 8 Flat Stages
  • 6 Mountain Stages
  • 5 Hilly Stages
  • 2 Individual Time-Trial Stages
  • 2 Rest Days

2022 Tour de France Predictions

We have some great cycling tipsters on OLBG who will be able to help you during the tour with predictions, to see which rider they are tipping to win the Tour de France head over to the main Tour de France Betting Tips page.

There will be markets available on each day of the tour where the cycling tipsters will be predicting which rider will win each stage as well as match betting where they will be predicting which of the two selected riders will finish highest on the stage, you will find all of those on the main Cycling Betting Tips page.

You can also see cycling picks from the best tipsters, on the Best Cycling Tipsters page we only display tipsters who have made a profit over the past year for their cycling tips, only tipsters with open tips will be displayed on this page.

If you think you know your cycling and are not part of the tipster competition, then why not join and start adding your TdF2022 tips, see if you can challenge the tipsters and claim top spot in the cycling table and pick up a cash reward!

Tour de France 2022 17 Oct @ 20:36 - Win Outright
Tadej Pogacar 2.25
Primoz Roglic 3.75
Jonas Vingegaard 8.00
Remco Evenepoel 15.00
Egan Bernal 19.00
Richard Carapaz 29.00
Mikel Landa 41.00
Tom Dumoulin 51.00
Geraint Thomas 51.00
Joao Almeida 51.00

2021 Tour de France Route - Phase 1 (Recap)

The 2021 Tour de France kicked off on Saturday 26th June with nine straight days of action before the riders get a rest day on Monday 5th July. The tour started with a couple of hilly stages but then the riders eased into the tour with two flat stages before individual time-trials which were followed by another flat stage. Things started to get much more demanding from stage 7 onwards, the longest stage of the tour over 248 km faced the riders on Stage 7 which was followed by two Mountain stages before the riders got a much-needed rest day. 

Stage Route Winner
Stage 1
Saturday (26 Jun)
Brest > Landerneau
Hilly (187 Km)
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Stage 2
Sunday (27 Jun)
Perros-Guirec > Mûr-De-Bretagne Guerlédan
Hilly (182 Km)
Mathieu van der Poel (NED)
Stage 3
Monday (28 Jun)
Lorient > Pontivy
Flat (182 Km)
Tim Merlier (BEL)
Stage 4
Tuesday (29 Jun)
Redon > Fougères
Flat (152 Km)
Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Stage 5
Wednesday (30 Jun)
Changé > Laval Espace Mayenne
Individual Time-Trial (27 Km)
Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
Stage 6
Thursday (1 Jul)
Tours > Châteauroux
Flat (144 Km)
Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Stage 7
Friday (2 Jul)
Vierzon > Le Creusot
Hilly (248 Km)
Matej Mohorič (SLO)
Stage 8
Saturday (3 Jul)
Oyonnax > Le Grand-Bornand
Mountain (151 Km)
Dylan Teuns (BEL)
Stage 9
Sunday (4 Jul)
Cluses > Tignes
Mountain (145 Km)
Ben O'Connor (AUS)

2021 Tour de France Route - Phase 2 (Recap)

Following their rest day in Tignes, the riders then continued their pursuit for the yellow jersey with some long stages, however, three of the next four stages were flat stages so favoured the sprinters but there was a mountain stage in between those. The second and final rest day was on Monday 12th July and was much needed with the riders coming off the back of having just completed hilly and mountain stages ending in Andorre where they enjoyed a day off!

Stage Route Winner
Stage 10
Tuesday (6 Jul)
Albertville > Valence
Flat (186 Km)
Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Stage 11
Wednesday (7 Jul)
Sorgues > Malaucène
Mountain (199 Km)
Wout van Aert (BEL)
Stage 12
Thursday (8 Jul)
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Nîmes
Flat (161 Km)
Nils Politt (GER)
Stage 13
Friday (9 Jul)
Nîmes > Carcassonne
Flat (220 Km)
Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Stage 14
Saturday (10 Jul)
Carcassonne > Quillan
Hilly (184 Km)
Bauke Mollema (NED)
Stage 15
Sunday (11 Jul)
Céret > Andorre-La-Vieille
Mountain (192 Km)
Sepp Kuss (USA)

2021 Tour de France Route - Phase 3 (Recap)

With their final rest day out of the way, the riders knew that there was six days, six stages between them and winning the 2021 Tour de France! Things got very tough for them though, they kicked off on a hilly stage which was followed by back-to-back mountain stages which sorted out the leaders from the rest of the pack. On Saturday (Stage 20) they had the second individual time-trials ahead of the final stage on Sunday which saw the final 112 km determine the 2021 Tour de France winner.

Stage Route Winner
Stage 16
Tuesday (13 Jul)
Pas De La Case > Saint-Gaudens
Hilly (169 Km)
Patrick Konrad (AUT)
Stage 17
Wednesday (14 Jul)
Muret > Saint-Lary-Soulan Col Du Portet
Mountain (178 Km)
Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
Stage 18
Thursday (15 Jul)
Pau > Luz Ardiden
Mountain (130 Km)
Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
Stage 19
Friday (16 Jul)
Mourenx > Libourne
Flat (203 Km)
Matej Mohorič (SLO)
Stage 20
Saturday (17 Jul)
Libourne > Saint-Emilion
Individual Time-Trial (31 Km)
Wout van Aert (BEL)
Stage 21
Sunday (18 Jul)
Chatou > Paris Champs-Élysées
Flat (112 Km)
Wout van Aert (BEL)

Tour de France General Classification

The 'Yellow Jersey' is worn by the rider on each stage who is leading the general classification, the rider who finishes at the top of the general classification will be declared the winner of the Tour de France so this is the most important classification of the lot!

During last years tour, there were a total of three riders who wore the yellow jersey, two less than the previous year. The French have had great success with a total of 728 yellow jerseys, which is well clear of their nearest rival, Belgium who have 434 who in turn are also clear of the next, Italy with 212, Spain (135) and Great Britain (104) are the only other countries with over one hundred yellow jerseys.

Belgian Eddy Merckx holds the record for yellow jerseys with 96, some twenty-one clear of the next rider Bernard Hinault who has 75. Of those who are still riding, it is four-time TdF winner Chris Froome who not surprisingly leads the way with 59, he is well clear of the next which is Italian Vincenzo Nibali who has 19.

Last Ten Tour de France Winners

Year Winner Time Stage Wins
2021 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
82h 56' 36"
+ 5' 20"
2020 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
87h 20' 13"
+ 59"
2019 Egan Bernal
Team Ineos
82h 57' 00"
+ 1' 11"
2018 Geraint Thomas
Team Sky
83h 17' 13"
+ 1' 51"
2017 Chris Froome
Team Sky
86h 20' 55"
+ 54"
2016 Chris Froome
Team Sky
89h 04' 48"
+ 4' 05"
2015 Chris Froome
Team Sky
84h 46' 14"
+ 1' 12"
2014 Vincenzo Nibali
89h 59' 06"
+ 7' 37"
2013 Chris Froome
Team Sky
83h 56' 20"
+ 4' 20"
2012 Bradley Wiggins
Team Sky
87h 34' 47"
+ 3' 21"

Tour de France Points Classification

Riders are awarded points for each stage depending on their finishing position which is tallied up at the end of the tour to declare the winner of the points classification. Because of the way the points are set up, it is more often than not a sprinter who is favoured because more points are awarded on the 'Flat' stages than the other stages, in fact, the winner of the 'Flat' stage is awarded fifty points compared to thirty (Hilly) and twenty (Mountain).

The top fifteen riders from each stage are awarded points ranging from fifty down to just one depending on the type of stage and their finishing position, riders can also be penalised for infractions of the rules, this can result in some riders ending a stage with a negative points tally!

Last Ten Points Classification Winners

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Mark Cavendish (GBR) (337) Michael Matthews (AUS) (291) Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) (227)
2020 Sam Bennett (IRL) (380) Peter Sagan (SVK) (284) Matteo Trentin (ITA) (260)
2019 Peter Sagan (SVK) (316) Caleb Ewan (AUS) (248) Elia Viviani (ITA) (224)
2018 Peter Sagan (SVK) (477) Alexander Kristoff (NOR) (246) Arnaud Démare (FRA) (203)
2017 Michael Matthews (AUS) (370) André Greipel (GER) (234) Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) (220)
2016 Peter Sagan (SVK) (470) Marcel Kittel (GER) (228) Michael Matthews (AUS) (199)
2015 Peter Sagan (SVK) (432) André Greipel (GER) (366) John Degenkolb (GER) (298)
2014 Peter Sagan (SVK) (431) Alexander Kristoff (NOR) (282) Bryan Coquard (FRA) (271)
2013 Peter Sagan (SVK) (409) Mark Cavendish (GBR) (312) André Greipel (GER) (267)
2012 Peter Sagan (SVK) (421) André Greipel (GER) (280) Matthew Goss (AUS) (260)

Tour de France King of the Mountains

The 'Polka Dot Jersey' is awarded to the leader of the King of the Mountains meaning they wear the white jersey which has red polka dots! Created in 1933, the riders are awarded points based on first to the top of the mountain, this obviously only features on the stages which are a mountain stage and each mountain stage is put into a category, the harder the climb, the more points are awarded to those who get to the top first.

The French have a good record in this winning it twenty-three times, Richard Virenque recording seven of those victories is the most successful rider in the King of the Mountain at the TdF, one clear of Spaniard Federico Bahamontes and Belgian Lucien Van Impe. 

Last Ten King of the Mountain Winners

Year Winner Team
2021 Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia) UAE Team Emirates
2020 Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia) UAE Team Emirates
2019 Romain Bardet (France) AG2R La Mondiale
2018 Julian Alaphilippe (France) Quick-Step Floors
2017 Warren Barguil (France) Team Sunweb
2016 Rafał Majka (Poland) Tinkoff
2015 Chris Froome (Great Britain) Team Sky
2014 Rafał Majka (Poland) Tinkoff–Saxo
2013 Nairo Quintana (Colombia) Movistar Team
2012 Thomas Voeckler (France) Team Europcar

Tour de France Young Rider Classification

This was created in 1975 and is awarded to the 'Young Rider' who comes out best in the general classification, the determination of a 'Young Rider' has changed over the years, it used to be a certain age limit or a certain number of years as a pro, as things stand, riders who are aged no older than twenty-five years old are eligible for the award with the leading rider wears the 'White Jersey' during the tour.

Last Ten Young Rider Classification Winners

Year Winner Team GC
2021 Tadej Pogačar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates 1
2020 Tadej Pogačar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates 1
2019 Egan Bernal (COL) Team Ineos 1
2018 Pierre Latour (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 13
2017 Simon Yates (GBR) Orica–Scott 7
2016 Adam Yates (GBR) Orica–BikeExchange 4
2015 Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 2
2014 Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ.fr 3
2013 Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 2
2012 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 5

Tour de France Team Classification

As it says on the tin, the team classification is awarded to the best performing team on the tour, first awarded in 1930 it is based on the general classification of each team member and whilst the current leaders do not wear a certain coloured jersey, the background of the rider numbers will yellow instead of white. The Spanish Movistar Team have been a dominant force of late winning five of the last seven awards.

Last Ten Team Classification Winners

Year Winner
2021 Team Bahrain Victorious (Bahrain)
2020 Movistar Team (Spain)
2019 Movistar Team (Spain)
2018 Movistar Team (Spain)
2017 Team Sky (UK)
2016 Movistar Team (Spain)
2015 Movistar Team (Spain)
2014 Ag2r–La Mondiale (France)
2013 Saxo–Tinkoff (Denmark)
2012 RadioShack–Nissan (USA)

Tour de France Super Combativity Award

This award is one which is not determined by points scored or GC position, this award winner is picked by a jury who they believe has been the most Combative, meaning the rider who has been 'eagerness to fight or contend' which means the award usually goes to a rider who has an attacking attitude to be involved in the breakaways.

Last Ten Super Combativity Award Winners

Year Winner Team
2021 Franck Bonnamour (France) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
2020 Marc Hirschi (Switzerland) Team Sunweb
2019 Julian Alaphilippe (France) Deceuninck–Quick-Step
2018 Dan Martin (Ireland) UAE Team Emirates
2017 Warren Barguil (France) Team Sunweb
2016 Peter Sagan (Slovakia) Tinkoff
2015 Romain Bardet (France) AG2R La Mondiale
2014 Alessandro De Marchi (Italy) Cannondale
2013 Christophe Riblon (France) Ag2r–La Mondiale
2012 Chris Anker Sørensen (Denmark) Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank


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