Chris Froome Injury Blows Tour de France Betting Wide Open

Martin Green

Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:37 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019 4:37 PM UTC

Chris Froome’s horror injury has blown the Tour de France wide open and bookmakers have responded swiftly by releasing a new set of winner odds.
<div><p>The four-time champion was the 13/8 (2.62) favourite to seize the yellow jersey once more this year after skipping the Giro d’Italia to give the big race his full attention. However, he will now miss it after fracturing his leg, elbow and several ribs in a 54kmph crash into a wall. Team Ineos boss David Brailsford said Froome took his hand off the bike to blow his nose, lost controlled and crashed. He was airlifted to hospital for surgery and placed in intensive care. It was a success and he will recover, but he will be out of action for some time. [/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;p style=\"text-align:center\"&gt;&lt;iframe allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen frameborder=\"0\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/q4TLIE_qFHU\" width=\"560\"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/p&gt;"}[/] Defending champion Geraint Thomas is now the 7/4 (2.75) favourite with William Hill to win the race for a second year running. The Welshman got the better of teammate Froome and Tom Dumoulin to win the world’s biggest race for the first time in 2018. Some fans expected Froome to have the upper hand this year after he skipped the Giro d’Italia to preserve his body for the Tour de France, but his absence makes it more likely that Thomas will defend his crown.</p><h2>A Lonely Road for Thomas</h2><p>The 33-year-old Welshman is the most popular choice among punters right now. It means he will become the undisputed leader of the mighty Team Ineos, and he will benefit from strong support from the likes of Egan Bernal. Yet it will also pile a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders and he will miss the way Froome’s presence drew the attention way from him last year. He may have lost a direct rival, but he has also lost a key ally. It will be a lonelier road this time around for Thomas, and his rivals will now be emboldened.</p><p>Dumoulin is priced at 5/1 with Hills, but he is also a doubt for the race due to a knee injury. It forced him to retire from the Giro d’Italia and he has not yet fully recovered, meaning his form has dramatically dipped. Primoz Roglic is also out, meaning the field really is wide open. It tees things up perfectly for Colombian rider Nairo Quintana, who has been supremely focused on this race. He is in fine form this year and he has all the attributes to soar to victory.</p><p>There is also a case to be made for Richie Porte. The Australian was a major contender last year, but he crashed out at Stage 9. He has now switched to Trek–Segafredo and he could end his run of bad luck at this year’s race. Porte has made a slow start to 2019, but he should be fresh as a daisy for this race. Both men are priced at 11/1 to win it with Bet365, which will pay out a quarter of the odds if they finish in the top three. That means you would make a healthy profit on either man if they failed to win the Tour de France but still secured a podium finish.</p></div>
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