Groupama FDJ are a French cycling team that will be participating in this year’s Tour de France. As a UCI World Team, they were one of the 18 teams to qualify for the race automatically and have been competing in the Tour de France since 1997, which was also the year the team was founded.
In the past, Groupama FDJ have performed well in the Tour de France, with several of their riders having won stages of the completion, and one of their riders finishing third overall in the 2014 race.
How are the team shaping up this year, which riders will be chosen for the final team, and how will this affect their odds? Read on to find out more.
Are Groupama FDJ Likely To Win the Tour de France 2018?
Whilst Groupama FDJ have a good recent Tour de France record we think it's unlikely they will win this year's race.
This is due to the fact that the team's star rider, Thibaut Pinot, will no longer be competing.
Pinot suffered illness after the Giro d’Italia race and now, having contracted pneumonia, will miss the Tour de France for his own health and safety.
Before this bit of news was released, Pinot was not only Groupama FJD’s best rider, but arguably France’s biggest hope at winning the Tour de France for their country too. This news has definitely impacted the odds on the Groupama FDJ team for this years race and to put it bluntly, we're no longer considering them a serious contender for the title.
Our Prediction for the Team
With Thibaut Pinot out of the race, Groupama FDJ have decided that Arnaud Demare will lead their team instead. Whilst he is by far one of the team's best racers, he is primarily a sprinter, and therefore we can't see him managing to compete with the other GC contenders.
This has us beliving that Groupama FDJ also know they are not going to win the Tour de France 2018 and are instead hunting down stage wins. The current odds reflect this as odds on Demare winning the race aren't even being offered by many of the UK's biggest bookmakers.
Our Betting Tips
As we've just mentioned, we'd suggest refraining from backing Groupama FDJ to win the Tour de France 2018, if you can even find a bookmaker offering those odds in the first place.
Instead, we'd personally suggest backing Arnaud Demare to win at least one of the flat stages of the competition, of which there are eight. In addition, you could choose Demare as a potential points classification winner.
Here are the current odds being offered on Groupama FDJ riders:
- Arnaud Demare for Points Classification Winner: 14/1
- David Gaudu as Overall Winner: 750/1
- Arnaud Demare to Win Stage One: 10/1
Groupama FDJ Tour de France 2018 Team
As with all the teams competing in the Tour de France 2018, we won’t know for certain who will be riding for the team until the week of the race itself.
However, ahead of the event, the Groupama FDJ have already released a preliminary list of racers, which is as follows:
- Arnaud Demare (FRA)
- David Gaudu (FRA)
- Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA)
- Olivier Le Gac (FRA)
- Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE)
- Rudy Molard (FRA)
- Ramon Sinkeldam (NED)
- Arthur Vichot (FRA)
Top 3 Most Popular Riders
Of the eight riders who will be participating in the Tour de France 2018 in the Groupama FDJ team, there are three which stand out from the crowd. Below we have highlighted their chances of winning certain accolades in this year's tour and where their strengths and weaknesses lie.
Arnaud Dmare won his first Tour de France stage last year, and has since emerged as one of France's best sprinters. He recent record also includes other wins such as the Milan-San Remo in 2016, and stages of both the Paris-Nice and Tour de Suisses races this year too.
It's very likely that Demare will take home at least one stage win at this year's Grand Boucle, but we wouldn't go as far as naming him a favourite for a points classification win just yet.
Following the news that Pinot would not be racing for Groupama FDJ in this year's Tour de France, the team announced that David Gaudu would be their main mountain stage rider.
At just 21, however, it's easy to argue that Gaudu is inexperienced and the fact that he has only achieved one major win in the past (the 2016 Tour de L'Avenir) doesn't leave him as a safe rider to back this year.
Arthur Vichot is another successful Groupama FDJ rider, and it seems likely that he has been chosen for the team to ensure victories where Demare cannot perform.
Vichot has racked up a few major wins in the past year, most noteably as the overall winner of the Tour de l'Ain back in May. That being said, Vichot did fail to finish last year's Tour de France and has never finished very high in any Grand Tour race.
Groupama FDJ Cycling Team General Information
If you aren’t feeling familiar with Groupama FDJ, it may be because this is the first year the team have raced under such a name.
Sponsored by the French lottery games group Française des Jeux, the team have always ridden under this name or abbreviations of it since their inception. However, in 2018 French insurance company Groupama joined as co-sponsors. This is why the name looks the way it does this year.
The Groupama FDJ team has always been and is currently managed by Marc Madiot, a former French road bicycle racer and a former winner of the Paris–Roubaix classic. The team has 28 riders, of which 18 are French.
Other nationalities in the Groupama FDJ team include Italian, Canadian, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Swedish, Austrian, Swiss and Dutch.
Groupama FDJ will ride in a predominantly white jersey, with red and blue accents taken from the Tricolore flag.