Wanty-Groupe Gobert are one of the wildcard teams in this year’s Tour de France. Based in Belgium, and founded in 2008, the team participates in UCI Continental Circuits mainly, and therefore haven’t been afforded automatic entry into the Tour de France 2018.
Instead, the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team were handpicked by the ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation). This means they’re currently considered an outsider in the event, having only participated in the Tour de France once before (in 2017) and with no notable wins under their belt.
All that being said, the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team do boast some promising riders. Read on to find out more about the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team, including which members will be participating in the Tour de France 2018 and their current odds on winning.
Are Wanty-Groupe Gobert Likely to Win the Tour de France 2018?
Whilst the odds on Wanty-Groupe Gobert wining the Tour de France 2018 aren’t looking promising, they will be racing the advantage that none of their team will be travelling to the event after having already participated in a major race this year such as the Giro d’Italia.
This means that the team should be on top form yet, in all honesty, they still shouldn’t be considered serious contenders given the skill and ability levels of some of the other competing teams.
Our Predictions for the Team
As a wildcard team, it’s likely that the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team know as well as we do that they will not manage to win the Tour de France 2018.
Instead, they’ll be looking to support and protect their GC contender, Guillaume Martin, at all costs, in the hopes that they can win at least one stage of the Tour.
Jean-Francois Bourfart, the general manager of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, believes his team are in the ‘best condition’, and has expressed his wish for the team to help Martin ‘surpass the 23nd place of his debut’.
If the team are as prepared as Bourfart says, they’ll manage this, but it may be all they achieve this year
Our Betting Tips
As you can probably tell already, our expert opinion is to not put too much faith in Wanty-Groupe Gobert this summer. They’re very unlikely to win and the odds reflect this.
Guillaume Martin’s overall winner odds currently stand at around 1000/1.
That being said, if you do want to back Martin or Wanty-Groupe Gobert in this year’s Tour de France, there are some slightly more probable options.
You could back Martin to triumph in some of the mountain stages, which is the terrain he prefers, or you could back their sprinter, Timothy Dupont for points classification winner. Dupont’s odds on this currently stand at around 250/1.
Whilst these odds are by no means short, and signify he is not a favourite, they are much shorter than Martin’s odds for overall winner.
Wanty-Groupe Gobert Tour de France 2018 Team
As with all the teams competing in the Tour de France 2018, the finailised Wanty-Groupe Gobert line-up for the race will not be released until closer to the start date of the race. However, the team have released a preliminary start list, which is as follows:
- Thomas Degand
- Timothy Dupont
- Guillaume Martin
- Marco Minnaard
- Yoann Offredo
- Andrea Pasqualon
- Dion Smith
- Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
The Most Popular Riders
Although Wanty-Groupe Gobert aren’t expected to win the Tour de France 2018 overall, they do have some riders worth paying attention to.
As we mentioned earlier, their GC contender Guillaume Martine will be looking to improve on his finishing position from last year, and their points classification Timothy Dupont will surely be looking to rack up a few stage wins.
Below you can find more information on both of these two riders, including what major results they’ve achieved recently and in the past.
We‘ve already mentioned Guillaume Martin‘s name a lot in this article, and that‘s because he is Wanty-Groupe Gobert‘s best chance of racking up at least a stage win in the Tour de France 2018.
As a climber, Martin is best suited to mountainous terrain, which is why when the rider‘s hit the alps, he may be looking more promising than ever before.
Martin made his Tour de France debut last year and placed 23rd, which is definitely impressive. He has also already enjoyed a strong 2018 season so far, having been crowned overall winner of the Circuit de la Sarthe and placing third in both the Tour du Finistère and the Boucles de l'Aulne.
Aside from Martin, Timothy Dupont is Wanty-Groupe Gobert‘s other big hope in the Tour de France 2018. Dupont is a sprinter and whilst he isn‘t a strong contender for a points classification win in this year‘s race, he could be one to watch in the flat stages.
In 2018 Dupont has already earned himself one points classification green jersey, at the Four Days Of Dunkirk race. This however, as the name suggests, is a much shorter race than the Tour de France, as are most of the race‘s Dupont has ridden in before now.
The Tour de France 2018 will be Dupont‘s debut at a Grand Tour event.
Wanty-Groupe Gobert Cycling Team General Information
The Wanty-Group Gobert team is managed by Hilaire Van Der Schueren, who has notably never raced a bike himself! Instead, Van der Schueren is well known for being a big personality in the cycling world, having managed teams since the 80’s, and many argue this is why the Wanty-Group Gobert team are often invited to major World Tour events.
The Wanty-Group Gobert squad features 21 riders, most of which are Belgian. There are, however, some exceptions with other riders hailing from Norway, Italy, Britain, The Netherlands, France and New Zealand.
The Wanty-Groupe Gobert squad will race in a navy blue and fluorescent yellow jersey in the Tour de France 2018. The jersey was created in the hopes to stand out in the peloton.