The hundredth Tour de France begins in Corsica on 29 June and each of its 21 stages will be on French soil.
The big betting question mark is hanging over last year’s winner, the highly esteemed Sir Bradley Wiggins. Life has not been too kind to him of late. He was not even placed in the Challenge Majorca; he failed in the Tour of Oman, and finished in fifth place in the Giro Del Trentino and Tour of Catalonia. The final insult was that he had to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia due to illness. Certainly it is not looking good for him, but he retains a bullish attitude to the Tour de France and he is convinced that he will recover in time to prepare for it.
Some bookmakers are offering odds as long as 16/1 on him, which are longer odds than some bookmakers are offering on any of the top ten in the standings. If you are a betting person, then odds like that should spark at least a little enthusiasm; they are very good adds and almost certainly represent excellent value.