The world’s biggest and most prestigious cycling event takes place on Saturday 2nd July until Sunday the 24th. UBET has a wide variety of markets available for each stage of Le Tour including overall winner, most stage wins, team classification winner, young rider winner and many more.
Briton Chris Froome has the chance to restore some joy to England’s sporting landscape after the soccer team’s Euro 2016 fiasco. UBET has installed Froome as the favourite to claim the winner’s crown and defend his 2015 yellow jersey with the likes of Nairo Quintana, previous winner Alberto Contador and Richie Porte also among the leading contenders.
The picturesque scenery that features throughout the three weeks is one of the highlights outside the action itself. All up, the 22 teams will compete in 21 stages through 16 cities.
The 2015 Tour de France winner started 2016 with victory in Australia in the Herald Sun Tour but has been quiet since. Following a similar path to last year, he is only targeting two races in the lead up to Le Tour. The first was the Tour De Romandie where he was a stage winner, but overall came in at 38th position, 21 minutes behind the winner.
The final lead up race for Froome will be the Criterium du Dauphine where the Team Sky rider was also successful in 2015. His past performances in that event, he led the general classification for six of the eight stages in 2014 and was the general classification winner in 2013, the other year that he also took the yellow jersey in the Tour De France.
The 2016 Tour looks to suit the strengths of Froome who is always strong in the mountains. The last time Le Tour traversed the famed Mont Ventoux Summit back in 2013, Froome won the stage and went on to take out the race.
The main hope for Movistar, Quintana has put some serious miles into his legs in the lead up to the Tour. After taking a third overall in the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, he tasted success in the Volta a Catalunya where he displayed his prowess at climbing in a strong stage win in the key mountain stage.
In the Tour de Romandie, one of the strongest indicators of Le Tour success with Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans all having won in Romandie before securing their maiden Tour de France title, Quintana took overall honours with a 19 second margin over Thibaut Pinot.
In 2015 Quintana was the runner-up for the Yellow and was the winner of the White Jersey and looms as Froome’s main danger once again. While the two individual time trials will go against him, Quintana is arguably one of the strongest climbers in the race and will be right in contention for both the Yellow and Polka Dot jerseys.
A dual Tour De France winner, Contador may well be tackling the Tour for the final time after announcing his retirement from professional cycling. Those plans however have been shelved following his win in the Tour of the Basque Country.
Like Quintana, he has been active on the bike this season with a third in the Volta ao Algarve in February, securing victory with a win in the final stage. He secured second placings in both the Paris-Nice and Volta a Catalunya. Riding for Tinkoff his lead up will include the Criterium du Dauphine where he landed the first blow in his battle with Froome by taking the Dauphine prologue and starting the race in the yellow. Contador looks better placed in 2016 after electing to bypass the Giro d’Italia.
Along with Vincenzo Nibali, Contador is the only rider in the field for the 2016 Tour that has won each of the three Grand Tour races. Contador has seven Grand Tour victories with two Giro wins and three Vuelta wins accompanying his 2 Tour wins.
Having recently claimed the Giro d’Italia for the second time, Nibali will be looking to become the first man since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro and the Tour in the same year.
The four- time Grand Tour winner won the Tour De France in 2014 and has tasted success twice in the Giro and once in the Vuelta. His position in the 2016 Tour is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that Astana have put forward Fabio Aru as their lead rider for the Tour in 2016, overlooking Nibali.
Nibali’s season in 2016 has seen a tour stage win and overall victory in the Tour of Oman and a stage win and overall victory in the Giro. His 2016 Giro win was a strong performance after battling through the early stages and entertaining ideas of withdrawing from the race, only taking the leaders pink jersey on the second last stage to set up a memorable victory.