The 2019 Tour De France is already underway, and it is sure to bring 22 days of intense watching. Through hills, mountains, slopes and flat terrain, 176 riders will push themselves to incredible limits to deliver a sensational performance that they can be proud of. There will be crashes, bad weather and no doubt, a spectator jumping in the way at an inconvenient moment, but no doubt will provide great watching for all. But who are the cyclists flying the flag for Britain and who should you be considering in Tour de France 2019 betting.
Thomas is very much in the spotlight for the Tour de France this year as a winner from last year. Cycling with Team Sky (now Team Ineos) who have claimed six final victories, 88 yellow jerseys and 17 stage victories, winning is very much embedded into this team.
By no means does that suggest Thomas has an easy ride during this year’s event. So far this season, in March, Thomas had to abandon his journey at Tirreno-Adriatico due to stomach problems. He then faced further disruption later that month while training in Tenerife due to snow. More recently he crashed out of the Tour de Suisse in June. Not putting him in good stead to make a big impact at the Tour de France.
Thomas is certainly one to watch, whether it be to witness him retain glory, or see how he handles a negative lead up to the tour. Is Thomas a safe bet this year? We’re not too sure.
Another British hopeful, Adam Yates, is still seeking glory in France, will it be his year? He cycles with team Mitchelton-Scott who have seen only four yellow jerseys, three-stage victories and have yet managed a final victory at the Tour de France. Will it be their year?
Yates has a lot to prove. In 2016, we saw him win the young rider classification, being the first Brit to do so and he has hovered around the top in multiple events since then, including 2nd overall in the Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 and 1st in the mountains classification in the Tour of the Basque Country 2019. Looking at the run-up to his Tour de France cycle, Yates has been focused on being able to form on the mountainous routes, he is more than prepared.
Yates is a great contender this year, definitely keep an eager eye on him. He is due some well-earned glory, but is it to be granted in 2019?
So, who else should we be keeping an eye on in this year’s Tour de France? Adam Yates’ twin brother Simon should be an interesting watch. Racing for Mitchelton–Scott the cyclist has held a few jerseys throughout races in recent years and won a Mountains jersey (Vuelta an Andalucia 2019) and Red jersey (winner at 2018 Vuelta an Espana).
Other British hopefuls include Luke Rowe (Team Ineos), Alex Dowsett (Team Katusha–Alpecin) and Steve Cummings (Team Dimension Data) – all three are cyclists with great experience and skills ready to push themselves to yellow jersey glory.