Bookmakers predict closest Tour de France finish since 2011

Spread-betting firm Sporting Index cannot split Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana as its favourites to reach Paris in yellow

Chris Froome Lead Nairo Quintana, Tour de France 2013, stage 18
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Many informed observers have billed this year's Tour de France as the closest for some time - and it looks like the bookies agree.

Since Cadel Evans saw off Schleck brothers Andy and Frank four years ago by 1-34 and 2-30 respectively, the winning margins have been relatively comfortable - to the extent, of course, that 'comfortable' is ever a word that can be applied to a Tour de France victory.

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