Tour de France Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks

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We preview the 2024 Tour de France, we look at the twenty-one stages, the past winners of the Tour de France, the past winners of the King of the Mountain, and point towards Tour de France predictions.

Tour de France Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2023 Tour de France

The 2024 Tour de France is scheduled to begin on the 29th of June 2024 with a total of twenty-one stages, it will start in Florence and finish in Nice.

This will be the 111th edition of the Tour de France, three stages of the race will take place in Italy including the 'Grand Départ' which will be the first time it has started in Italy.

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.

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2024 Tour de France Picks

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 Cycling Betting Picks 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 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 picks, only tipsters with open predictions will be displayed on this page.

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If you think you know your cycling and are not part of the tipster competition, then why not join and start adding your TdF2024 picks, see if you can challenge the tipsters and claim the top spot in the cycling table and pick up a cash reward!

Before you place your wagers on this year's Tour de France, head over to our Best Betting Sites in the US to see which sportsbook best suits you. You may also be interested in the Best Sport Betting Apps list we have compiled.

2024 Tour de France Route - Phase 1

The 2024 Tour de France starts with a hilly stage in Florence, Italy and continues through Italy until the end of stage 4 when the tour moves into France finishing the stage in Valloire. The tour begins with nine stages before the riders get to their first rest day which will take place in Orléans on Monday the 8th of July, the first nine stages cover a total of 1,513 km (936 miles).

Stage 1
Saturday (29 Jun)
Florence to Rimini (Italy)
Hilly stage (206 km)

Stage 2
Sunday (30 Jun)
Cesenatico to Bologna (Italy)
Hilly stage (200 km)

Stage 3
Monday (01 Jul)
Piacenza to Turin (Italy)
Flat stage (229 km)

Stage 4
Tuesday (02 Jul)
Pinerolo (Italy) to Valloire
Mountain stage (138 km)

Stage 5
Wednesday (03 Jul)
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Saint-Vulbas
Flat stage (177 km)

Stage 6
Thursday (04 Jul)
Mâcon to Dijon
Flat stage (163 km)

Stage 7
Friday (05 Jul)
Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin
Individual time trial (25 km)

Stage 8
Saturday (06 Jul)
Semur-en-Auxois to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises
Flat stage (176 km)

Stage 9
Sunday (07 Jul)
Hilly stage (199 km)

Monday (08 Jul)Orléans
Rest day

2024 Tour de France Route - Phase 2

Following their first rest day, the riders will pick up on the second phase of the tour starting at stage 10 in Orléans, three of their next six stages involve mountains and the other three are flat stages before they spend their second and final rest day in Gruissan. During those six stages, the riders covered a total of 1,123 km (697 miles).

Stage 10
Tuesday (09 Jul)
Orléans to Saint-Amand-Montrond
Flat stage (187 km)

Stage 11
Wednesday (10 Jul)
Évaux-les-Bains to Le Lioran
Mountain stage (211 km)

Stage 12
Thursday (11 Jul)
Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Flat stage (204 km)

Stage 13
Friday (12 Jul)
Agen to Pau
Flat stage (171 km)

Stage 14
Saturday (13 Jul)
Pau to Saint-Lary-Soulan (Pla d'Adet)
Mountain stage (152 km)

Stage 15
Sunday (14 Jul)
Loudenvielle to Plateau de Beille
Mountain stage (198 km)

Monday (15 Jul)
(Rest day km)

2024 Tour de France Route - Phase 3

The riders know that there are just six stages between them and the end of the Tour de France, the final stage of the 2024 TdF will be an individual time trial from Monaco to Nice. These six stages are over a total of 856 km (532 miles) which means the total distance for the 2024 Tour de France will be 3,492 km (2,165 miles).

Stage 16
Tuesday (16 Jul)
Gruissan to Nîmes
Flat stage (187 km)

Stage 17
Wednesday (17 Jul)
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to SuperDévoluy
Mountain stage (178 km)

Stage 18
Thursday (18 Jul)
Gap to Barcelonnette
Hilly stage (179 km)

Stage 19
Friday (19 Jul)
Embrun to Isola 2000
Mountain stage (145 km)

Stage 20
Saturday (20 Jul)
Nice to Col de la Couillole
Mountain stage (133 km)

Stage 21
Sunday (21 Jul)
Monaco to Nice
Individual time trial (34 km)

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 the last tour, there were a total of three riders who wore the yellow jersey, one 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 439 who in turn are also clear of the next, Italy with 212, Spain (135) and Great Britain (108) are the only other countries with over one hundred yellow jerseys.

The most successful American is Greg LeMond who wore the yellow jersey a total of 22 times during the 1986, 1989, 1990 & 1991 events, three of which he won and he accounts for 76% of the US yellow jerseys (excluding the annulled results).

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 Jonas Vingegaard who has 27.

Last Ten Tour de France Winners

YearWinnerTimeStage Wins
2023Jonas Vingegaard
Team Jumbo–Visma
82h 05' 42"
+ 7' 29"
2022Jonas Vingegaard
Team Jumbo–Visma
79h 32' 29"
+ 2' 43"
2021Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
82h 56' 36"
+ 5' 20"
2020Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
87h 20' 13"
+ 59"
2019Egan Bernal
Team Ineos
82h 57' 00"
+ 1' 11"
2018Geraint Thomas
Team Sky
83h 17' 13"
+ 1' 51"
2017Chris Froome
Team Sky
86h 20' 55"
+ 54"
2016Chris Froome
Team Sky
89h 04' 48"
+ 4' 05"
2015Chris Froome
Team Sky
84h 46' 14"
+ 1' 12"
2014Vincenzo Nibali
89h 59' 06"
+ 7' 37"

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 favored because more points are awarded on the 'Flat' stages than the other stages, 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 penalized for infractions of the rules, this can result in some riders ending a stage with a negative points tally!

There has never been an American winner of the points classification, the closest they have come was with both Greg LeMond in 1985 and Davis Phinney in 1988 who both finished in second place.

Last Ten Points Classification Winners

2023Jasper Philipsen (BEL) (377)Mads Pedersen (DEN) (258)
2022Wout van Aert (BEL) (480)Jasper Philipsen (BEL) (286)
2021Mark Cavendish (GBR) (337)Michael Matthews (AUS) (291)
2020Sam Bennett (IRL) (380)Peter Sagan (SVK) (284)
2019Peter Sagan (SVK) (316)Caleb Ewan (AUS) (248)
2018Peter Sagan (SVK) (477)Alexander Kristoff (NOR) (246)
2017Michael Matthews (AUS) (370)André Greipel (GER) (234)
2016Peter Sagan (SVK) (470)Marcel Kittel (GER) (228)
2015Peter Sagan (SVK) (432)André Greipel (GER) (366)
2014Peter Sagan (SVK) (431)Alexander Kristoff (NOR) (282)

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 being first to the top of the mountain, this 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.

The closest the Americans have come to a King of Mountains winner was in 1988 when Andrew Hampsten finished in second place behind the Dutch rider Steven Rooks.

Last Ten King of the Mountain Winners

2023Giulio Ciccone (Italy)Lidl–Trek
2022Jonas Vingegaard (Denmark)Team Jumbo–Visma
2021Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia)UAE Team Emirates
2020Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia)UAE Team Emirates
2019Romain Bardet (France)AG2R La Mondiale
2018Julian Alaphilippe (France)Quick-Step Floors
2017Warren Barguil (France)Team Sunweb
2016Rafał Majka (Poland)Tinkoff
2015Chris Froome (Great Britain)Team Sky
2014Rafał Majka (Poland)Tinkoff–Saxo

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.

Unlike the POINTS and the KOM, the Americans have had some success in this classification, they have picked up this award three times with Greg LeMond (1984), Andrew Hampsten (1986), and more recently with Tejay van Garderen (2012).

Last Ten Young Rider Classification Winners

2023Tadej Pogačar (SLO)UAE Team Emirates2
2022Tadej Pogačar (SLO)UAE Team Emirates2
2021Tadej Pogačar (SLO)UAE Team Emirates1
2020Tadej Pogačar (SLO)UAE Team Emirates1
2019Egan Bernal (COL)Team Ineos1
2018Pierre Latour (FRA)AG2R La Mondiale13
2017Simon Yates (GBR)Orica–Scott7
2016Adam Yates (GBR)Orica–BikeExchange4
2015Nairo Quintana (COL)Movistar Team2
2014Thibaut Pinot (FRA)FDJ.fr3

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 colored jersey, the background of the rider numbers will yellow instead of white. The Spanish Movistar Team has been a dominant force of late winning five of the last nine awards.

There was a spell when the American teams went through a very good time after winning the team classification in four of six tours, first, the Discovery Channel team won in 2007, and then they had three consecutive wins with Team RadioShack (2010), Garmin–Cervélo (2011) and RadioShack–Nissan (2012).

Last Ten Team Classification Winners

2023Team Jumbo–Visma (NED)
2022Ineos Grenadiers (UK)
2021Team Bahrain Victorious (Bahrain)
2020Movistar Team (Spain)
2019Movistar Team (Spain)
2018Movistar Team (Spain)
2017Team Sky (UK)
2016Movistar Team (Spain)
2015Movistar Team (Spain)
2014Ag2r–La Mondiale (France)

Tour de France Super Combativity Award

This award 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 'eager to fight or contend' which means the award usually goes to a rider who has an attacking attitude to be involved in the breakaways.

This is an award that has thus far not been a favorite for the American riders who have never won the award, the majority of the awards have gone to a French rider.

Last Ten Super Combativity Award Winners

2023Victor Campenaerts (Belgium)Lotto–Dstny
2022Wout van Aert (Belgium)Team Jumbo–Visma
2021Franck Bonnamour (France)B&B Hotels p/b KTM
2020Marc Hirschi (Switzerland)Team Sunweb
2019Julian Alaphilippe (France)Deceuninck–Quick-Step
2018Dan Martin (Ireland)UAE Team Emirates
2017Warren Barguil (France)Team Sunweb
2016Peter Sagan (Slovakia)Tinkoff
2015Romain Bardet (France)AG2R La Mondiale
2014Alessandro De Marchi (Italy)Cannondale

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