Cycling is a growing sport and more and more people are not only getting out on the road, inspired by the likes of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, but they’re also exploring the betting markets too.
Most of the leading online bookmakers across the UK offer markets on cycling these days, and you’ll find all the latest cycling offers and betting information right here on this very page…
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All the biggest bookies now offer a range of the very best cycling betting odds, as well as a plethora of great offers, especially on the Grand Tour events and major races.
Brands such as Betfair and Betfred always have a solid range, while all the best bookies currently offering cycling odds can be found below, as well as full reviews available on our bookie reviews page.
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If you are looking to bet on cycling and you aren’t overly familiar with the sport, then it’s a good idea to understand the markets available to you.
There are many markets available to bet on these days from race winner to more niche markets, many of which are highlighted here:
This is a simple market and is a bet on the overall winner of the race.
This is a bet on the winner of a stage of the race. Stages can vary from mountain stages, to sprint stages and time trials so you should view what stage it is alongside the riders that are strongest suited to it.
This is a bet on the rider who will pick up the most points for climbing during the mountain stages.
This is a bet on the rider who will pick up the most sprint points across the overall race.
A bet on the rider under the age of 25 to finish first.
Similar to the race winner market except that your bet will win if your rider finishes in one of the top 3 positions.
The same as above except that your rider can finish in one of the top 10 positions for your bet to win.
Ante-post bets are popular with sports such as horse racing and football but also for cycling. These are bets which are placed usually quite a while before the race races place. For example, you could place a bet on the winner of next years Giro d’Italia or Tour de France.
The advantage of cycling ante-post bets is that you can often get much better odds than if you place your bet closer to the race time. The disadvantage is that there is a greater chance that your rider may not race due to injury, form or other.
There are many major cycling events across the world, but the three predominant races are the Grand Tour events.
The Tour de France is the most famous of these, with the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana the other two which take place each year and are competed for over three weeks.
However, there are also a growing number of other races which are popular with bettors too, including the Tour of Britain, Tour de Yorkshire and the Criterium du Dauphine.
As well as this, there is also the Olympic Games and World Championships on both the track and the road, although these aren’t amongst the major yearly road events.
The Tour de France is the most popular cycling event in the world and attracts millions of spectators as well as a number of bets on the race.
The race is typically held in July in France over 23 days and features 21 day-long stages which makes it one of the most challenging cycling races for participants.
The Tour de France was first introduced in 1903 and gained the most exposure between 1999 and 2005 when the now retired cycler Lance Armstrong won the race seven consecutive times after recovering from cancer.
The Giro d’Italia, which translates to ‘Tour of Italy’, is the second most popular race in the world of professional cycling.
The race takes place annually in Italy but also passes through other countries with the route changing each year.
Similar to the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia is a three-week-long tour which features day-long 21 stages.
The Giro d’Italia was first introduced six years after the Tour de France in 1909 and has become an annual highlight for Italians and cycling fans worldwide.
After the Tour de France was introduced in 1903 and Giro d’Italia in 1909, Spain decided to launce a race with a similar format and in 1935 the Vuelta a España was created. The race is considered as one of the three Grand Tours of Europe.
The Vuelta a España, or ‘Tour of Spain’, features 21 stages over 23-24 days with riders covering a distance of over 2000 miles.
The winner of the Vuelta a España is the rider who completes the 21 stages with the lowest overall time.
As well as the three Grand Tours mentioned above, there are several other races which take place throughout the year which riders take seriously and compete as preparation for the three main events. Some of these include: