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Two cyclists grabbing the most Tour de France betting attention

As the 2020 Tour de France edges closer and leading riders make their final preparations, those of us who follow each stage will no doubt be looking at which competitors have the best chances of winning, ahead of deciding who we’ll back via online bookmakers. These are the two outstanding selections, tipped as having the strongest claims for victory based on their impressive form.

Primoz Roglic

If the Tour de France 2020 odds and betting exchange activity are any indication, most punters are backing Primoz Roglic for success this year. The 30-year-old is actually a former ski-jumper and won the World Junior Championship in 2007, before focusing his professional sporting ambitions towards cycling in 2013. Since then, the Slovenian has consistently improved and quickly risen to prominence.

After finishing 58th at the 2016 Giro d’Italia and 38th at the 2017 Tour de France, both impressive feats upon entering either event for the first time, Roglic really began to step things up a gear. In 2018 he finished fourth at the Tour de France, then registered an exceptional 2019, claiming third spot at the Giro d’Italia before going on to win the Vuelta a España. Needless to say, such an impressive rise in cycling means 2020 could be a stellar year.

Typically regarded as the best indication of rider form, the Criterium du Dauphine in France is often considered the major warm-up event ahead of the Tour de France. When he won Stage 2 of this event, Roglic sent out a clear statement of intent, which swiftly attracted betting to his claims of being a potential Tour champion.

Egan Bernal

When he swept to victory in 2019, Egan Bernal became the youngest ever rider to win the Tour de France, and the first ever Colombian to accomplish this magnificent achievement. That said, the meteoric rise of this fearsome young racer was already predicted by many, especially having performed so well in the junior scene, before turning professional.

Compared to Roglic, who switched sports to take up cycling, it’s fair to say that Bernal has dedicated his entire adolescence and adult life to becoming the best road racer in the world. That quickly attracted the attention of Team Sky, who signed up the Colombian in 2018 and regardless of being a teenager at the time, made him co-team leader at the Tour Down Under, where he won the young rider classification and finished sixth in the overall final standings.

Already boasting a host of different international one-day and tour victories, 23-year-old Bernal is hungry for continued success. Since joining Team Sky, who are now known as Team Ineos, Bernal has also had the opportunity to learn from some of the most successful riders in cycling, forming part of a team that has included other Tour de France winners, including Chis Froom and Geraint Thomas. Their advice and encouragement will certainly have helped.

Can anyone challenge Roglic or Bernal?

The short answer to that question is of course they can! Thibaut Pinot is aiming to become the first Frenchman to win the tour in more than three decades, and his credentials can’t be ignored. Likewise, the speed and stamina of Tom Dumoulin makes the Dutchman a potent prospect, along with a string of quality Grand Tour performances in the past.

Finally, as the 2018 Tour de France winner and second last year, anyone who ignores the possibilities of Geraint Thomas will do so at their own peril, with the British cyclist eager to be amongst the key contenders once more. Whoever you back this year, good luck and enjoy each exciting stage of the Tour.