Team Sky

Team Sky CyclistsIf you are reading this article from within the UK, then the chances are that Team Sky are one of the Tour de France teams you’re most familiar with.

This is not only because they are a British based team, but they’ve also become one of the most prolific cycling teams since their inception in 2010.

Team Sky won their first Tour de France just three years after they were founded, when Bradley Wiggins won in 2012. A year later, Chris Froome won the 2013 Tour de France for Team Sky, and went on to win it again in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

As former winners and a UCI WorldTeam, Team Sky have qualified automatically for the 2018 Tour de France, but can they repeat their previous success again?

Find out which riders are likely to be in the Team Sky Tour de France 2018 team, as well as the latest news about the team and how this affects their odds.

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Are Team Sky Likely to Win the Tour de France 2018?

Sky’s chances in the Tour de France 2018 largely rest on Chris Froome’s shoulders, which isn’t without its problems.

Of course, with a selection of previous Tour de France wins under his belt, Froome is one of the favourites to win. Yet, his odds have drifted ever since he announced he would be riding in the Giro d’Italia too.

Since winning the Giro d’Italia his odds have recovered slightly, but many are still questioning whether he will be pushing himself too hard in the Tour de France 2018.

What’s more, many UK bookmakers are still refusing to offer odds on Chris Froome. This is due to the fact that a verdict is yet to be reached on his salbutamol investigation, which could lead to him being expelled from the race.

Popular bookies including Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred are currently only offering odds on the winner of the Tour de France 2018 without Chris Froome.

Our Predictions for the Team

It seems more than likely that Chris Froome will be on the start line for Team Sky at the Tour de France 2018. Whilst many other riders and cycling figures have expressed their dismay at this, with just over a week before the Tour begins Froome is still eligible to race.

If we put Froome’s doping trial aside then, it looks very likely that Team Sky will win the Tour de France 2018 with Froome at the helm. Froome has an almost perfect record and although some worry he will have tired himself out with the Giro d’Italia, he remains focused.

He made the decision not to race for the entirety of June, with some sources saying he has been participating in altitude training to perfect his form for the mountain stages of the Tour de France.

Our Betting Tips

As we’ve just mentioned, if Froome is allowed to race in the Tour de France 2018 then he is looking like a very likely favourite to win. That being said, this means whilst his odds are still valuable, they’re looking quite short at the moment.

If you’re looking for longer odds, then we’d back Froome to win some of the more difficult stages outright. These odds aren’t currently being offered by the bookies just yet, but we’re sure that when the race gets underway we’ll see a lot more betting options on Team Sky.

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Team Sky Tour de France 2018 Team

As with all the teams competing in the Tour de France 2018, we will not know for certain which riders are competing for Team Sky until the week of the race itself.

However, the team have released a preliminary starters list which you can check out below. Please note this list only includes seven riders, and so we should expect them to name one more rider in the next few days.

  • Christopher Froome
  • Gianni Moscon
  • Geraint Thomas
  • Michal Kwiatkowski
  • Wout Poels
  • Dylan Van Baarle
  • Egan Bernal

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Top 3 Most Popular Riders

Team Sky are one of many Tour de France 2018 teams who have pinned their hopes on just one rider. Whilst this means that the team is centred on GC contender Chris Froome, the other riders must also be competent in the stages where Froome is weakest.

Below we have highlighted some of Team Sky’s best riders, their recent achievements and how they may perform in this year’s tour.

Christopher Froome

We‘ve talked alot about Chris Froome in this Team Sky odds and predictions article already, but with good reason too. Chris Froome is Team Sky‘s most likely chance at emerging victorious this summer, and he definitely has the record to back it up.

As we mentioned in the introduction, Froome has won the last three Tour de France races (in 2015, 2016 and 2017). He also claimed the Giro d‘Italia 2018 winner title back in May, as well as the Mountains Classification accolade.

Michal Kwiatkowski

Named in Team Sky‘s preliminary list, Michal Kwiatkowski is very likely to start for Team Sky in the Tour de France 2018. He is also very likely to rack up at least a few stage wins.

Kwiatkowski is a sprinter, and he has had a very good 2018 season so far. Alongside winning the Polish National Championships (which mean‘s he‘ll be donning a red and white national colours jersey at the Tour this year), he was also crowed the overall winner of both the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta ao Algarve.

Whilst the odds on Kwiatkowski to win the Points Classification title at the Tour de France aren‘t looking the most promising at the moment (around 300/1), we do think he may be worth backing in some of the flat stages.

Geraint Thomas

Whilst it could be argued that Geraint Thomas‘ main job at this year‘s Tour de France will be to support Froome, we do think he is a rider to watch. This is because he has not only racked up some impressive wins in 2018 already (overall winner of Critérium du Dauphiné, second place in the Volta ao Algarve, and third place in the Tirreno-Adriatico).

He also took the yellow jersey in Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2017 and managed to hold on to it until Stage 4.

Do we think Thomas could win this year‘s tour? Not a chance.

Do we think he has the possibility to grab a few stage wins? Absolutely.

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Team Sky Cycling Team General Information

Team Sky is managed by Sir Dave Brailsford, who was formerly the coach for the Great Britain Olympic cycling team. He is often referred to as the driving force behind Britain’s recent success in cycling in general, and was given a knighthood in 2013.

Team Sky was originally created with the intention of building a 25-man strong squad with a core of British riders. In 2018, however, the squad features 30 riders, yet only eight of these hail from the UK.

Team Sky usually race in a white and pale blue jersey, yet for the Tour de France 2018, they will ride in black and white.

The jersey will feature an orca whale on the back and has been created out of plastics recovered from our oceans. This is in an attempt to raise awareness of Sky Ocean Rescue and to force spectators to think about what they could do to reduce their own use of plastic.