The Tour de France is here and speculation is rife about who will be the strongest heading into a very unusual edition.
Last year, Egan Bernal became the first Colombian to ever win the Tour and the youngest rider to reach the top step in the post-war era, which also makes him the most junior pro to take home the yellow jersey (introduced in 1919).
But with the Tour de France delayed in 2020 due to the coronavirus and the cycling season completely redesigned, this will be a Tour like no other.
With some surprise results in last year's Tour, the bookmakers have released their predictions for who will win the Tour de France 2020.
There are some unexpected picks for the general classification next year, as Primož Roglič has now overtaken Egan Bernal as the bookies favourite to take the victory.
Jumbo-Visma's Roglič seems a safe option considering his dominant performance in the 2019 Vuelta a España and his convincing victory over Team Ineos at the Tour de l'Ain this year.
Roglič was previously second favourite at currently at 5/2, while Bernal was expected to take the win with odds of 9/4.
But after an explosive edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the order of favourites has changed with Roglič now the favourite with odds of 9/4, while Bernal slips to 11/4.
Roglič emerged as the strongest rider in the Dauphiné and looked nailed on to win the race as Egan Bernal withdrew after stage three due to a back injury.
But Roglič was then forced out of the race himself after stage four, throwing the doors wide open for the Dauphiné.
Tom Dumoulin, now racing in Jumbo-Visma colours, has been bumped up the rankings to third favourite for the Tour at 15/2, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who won over plenty of fans with his courageous racing in last year's Tour and his heartbreaking abandonment due to injury in the final week, on 8/1.
Richard Carapaz has suddenly emerged amongst the favourite, after rumours began to circulate that the Ecuadorian could ride the Tour. Team Ineos then announced that Carapaz would be stepping into the Tour team, while both Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome would be left at home. Carapaz is currently at 14/1 to win the Tour.
Young star Tadej Pogačar is a hot pick for the bookies, as the 21-year-old is at 14/1 after his strong podium in last year's Vuelta a España.
Other notable mentions according to the bookies include Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe (28/1) who was the star rider of last year's Tour and a resurgent Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) who is currently also 28/1 to win.
Tour de France 2020 odds (Winner – Oddschecker)
Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 9/4
Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 11/4
Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 15/2
Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 8/1
Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 14/1
Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 14/1
Nair Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic 28/1
Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick-Step 28/1
Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren 33/1
Emanuel Buchman (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 33/1
All odds correct at time of publication
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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