Froome favourite for fifth Tour de France title

He may only be 24 hours since he won his fourth Tour de France title, but Chris Froome is already being tipped as the favourite to win next year’s Tour.

The Team Sky rider triumphed by 54 seconds over Rigoberto Uran on Sunday, and is already being tipped by some bookmakers to repeat his triumph and move level with Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain on five Tour wins.

Froome is currently commanding odds of 6/5 for the 2018 race, which will start in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île on July 7, with the full route to be announced in October.

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Behind Froome, the bookmakers are split on the second favourite, with Paddy Power thinking that Richie Porte will provide Froome’s biggest challenger at 2/1, while William Hill are backing Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin at 10/3.

After finishing outside the top 10 this year, Nairo Quintana is being tipped to bounce back with odds of 7/1, while Mikel Landa is at 12/1 and 2017 runner-up Rigoberto Uran not being fancied as far out as 33/1.

If Landa moves away from Sky, then the British team’s best back-up option looks to be Geraint Thomas, although the Welshman’s odds vary at anything from 33/1 to 80/1.

Other British interest can be found in the Yates twins, with Adam tipped to outperform his brother, despite Simon winning the white jersey at the 2018 race.