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No One Can Catch Pogačar and Vingegaard

Six Stages To Go

Just ending the 2022 Tour de France final rest, the world’s top cyclists get ready for the race’s last stretch, starting at Carcassonne and leading to the Paris finish line. While the route is known, we don’t have any idea who will win. Perhaps we indeed do.

A Two-Horse Race

You don’t have to check the cycling odds today to know what they’ll offer. For those who have not been paying attention to the 2022 Tour de France, everything you need to know is that it’s turned into a match race between Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard. The tandem has found itself way ahead of the pack.

UAE Team Emirates team's Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar (R) wearing the best young rider's white jersey cycles to the finish line during the 16th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race
Tadej Pogacar - Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

While nothing is guaranteed in the cycling world, barring any surprises, this will come down to the two frontrunners. Amassing a generous lead ahead of the Pyrenees stage, Pogačar and Vingegaard are also priced as heavy favorites on online sports betting sites That’s not unusual, knowing that they’re by far in the best shape and are entering portions of the race that should suit their styles.

“I don’t think so,” Romain Bardet said when asked whether any contenders could compete with the frontrunners in the mountains. “We just hope they maybe look a bit at each other because so far in the race, when they want to accelerate and make the decision, no one else can compete with them. It’s pretty hard.”

French Stage, Perhaps?

Romain Barned and David Gaudu are France’s last hope of winning a phase the 2022 Tour de France. It’s small consolation, since it’s highly improbable either of the two can win the race.

Currently eighth, Gaudu trails by 4:24, quite a significant figure he likely won’t overcome. So, while anything’s possible, it’s unlikely for him to emerge as the first French Tour de France winner since Bernard Hinault in 1985. Granted, slim chances to begin the competition.

However, the host cyclists now risk ending the race without winning a single portion for the third time in the history of the Tour, first time in the 21st century. France’s last phase victory in Tour de France happened in 2021, when Julian Alaphilippe won the opening leg..

“Finishing in the top 7 or 8 at the Tour is really underrated because the effort you have to make to be at that level is immense,” Barnet said. “It’s not one shot out of 21. It is 21, where you have to be at your best.”

2022 Tour de France Information

  • Race: 2022 Tour de France
  • Location: Copenhagen-Paris
  • Day/Time: July 1-24
  • Tour de France Live Stream: NBCSports.com

2022 Tour de France Prediction

Considering how the race has played out so far, it’s tough to bet on anyone other than Pogačar or Vingegaard to win. There’s a chance either of the two crashes out, and there’s even a slim chance they might catch COVID (as many other riders had), but those are all “what ifs?” which likely won’t happen.

It will require a performance never seen before in Tour de France for anyone to catch the leaders, so the question becomes which of the two is likelier to win? Vingegaard is definitely in a much better spot now, but knowing what awaits the riders in the final stretch, there is a good chance Pogačar can get to him.

It will take amn heroic performance across 16 and 17, but Pogačar has done similar things before. So if you’re looking to bet now on the outright markets, Pogačar is a much better value at +190.

PICK: Tadej Pogačar +190

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