This year, 2018 is a great one in the cycling sports. There are many professional competitions going on, including all of the major races in Europe and dozens of UCI World Tour racing events.
While half of them are already over, there’s still a lot to look forward to. Especially the upcoming Tour de France, the 105th edition of this stage race in France.
Do you know what this means? It means two things. First, hundreds of cyclists will be coming back to the roads. Second, millions of punters coming back to the bookies and online gambling sites.
Learn all about the new riders and best gambling tips from this 2018 guide on cycling sports gambling.
Betting Tips for Cycling
Whether you're betting on Tour de France, Giro d'Italia or even Tour de Suisse, the same tips apply. Here they are in a nutshell:
- Check each rider's achievements before betting on them.
- Have they participated in the same race before? Experience is a huge advantage.
- Teammates matter as much as the skill of an individual cyclist in road cycling.
- Old riders may not be in their best shape anymore. Look out for young riders too.
- What's the team's and rider's UCI status? Are they new to this tier of competition?
You can always find free bet offers for cycling events. Sites like GoWin are full of promotions like that.
However, you don't want to waste them even if they're free. So trust your knowledge and not just your luck when you gamble.
2018 Cycling Calendar
Speaking of the major events, Giro d’Italia took place in May and was already won by the living legend from the UK, Chris Froome.
The other two events are still to come, though. Tour de France will take place from 7 July to 29 July. We’ll give more attention to it below as it’s currently the most popular cycling event in the media and among all the fans today.
After that, Vuelta a España is scheduled to begin on 25 August and end on 16 September. There are also twelve smaller bicycle races, including Tour de Suisse which will overlap with the French tour and London-Surry Classic one-day road race.
Aside from that, there are many other upcoming one-day or stage races that aren’t part of the World Tour. They're mostly held in European countries. Plus, there are continental cycling championships too, so there's a lot to look forward to.
If Tour de France 2018 isn’t enough, there’s something to watch all the way to the end of the year.
Tour de France 2018 Route
Speaking of the main cycling race of the year, Tour de France 2018 will start in Noirmoutier and finish in Paris. All the tracks are in the territory of France exclusively (except a few kilometres in Spain), including Western, Northern and Southern France.
Most stages will take place in Southern France regions of the Alps and the Pyrenees on the second half of the race. There are 26 mountain climbs throughout the race in all the stages. Some of them are completely new to Tour de France and there are routes with off-road tracks too.
What this means is that kings of the mountains could well become kings on the whole competition. Our eyes are set on Christopher Froome, Fabio Aru and Miguel Angel Lopez, among others.
Aside from that, there will be two rest days on 16 July and 23 July. The first third of the race is the longest one, encompassing nine stages with mostly flat terrain.
Tour de France 2018 Dates
We’ve no doubt that you will be watching the competition from day one, so here are the dates. N.B. You should note them down, because you'll have to read up on the predictions and the odds you'd wish to bet on prior to these dates.
- 7 July to 15 July will include first nine stages from Noirmoutier to Roubaix
- 9 July is the team time trial day in Cholet
- 16 July is a rest day in Annecy
- 17 July to 22 July will include six more stages from Annecy to Carcassonne
- 23 July is a rest day in Carcassonne
- 24 July to 27 July will include four stages from Carcassonne to Laruns
- 28 July is the individual time trial in the traditional Basque province
- 29 July is the finish stage from Houilles to Champs-Élysées in Paris
This year still has a lot in store for cycling fans, especially those who will gamble on the results of these cycling events.
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