Road cycling is one of the world’s toughest sports in terms of endurance, both physically and mentally. It’s getting more popular each year, and people are massively getting involved. At the highest levels, year-long training and competing come down to three ultimate, multi-stage races also known as the Grand Tour.
Tour de France
Dating back to 1903., Tour de France is the most well-known cycling event in the world. It consists of 21 stages, and over the course of three weeks, numerous athletes from all parts of the world will compete for the prestige yellow jersey.
The competition is traditionally held in July, and the next one will be held from the 6th to the 28th, 2019.
Since the 1960’s, the departure point of each Giro d’Italia has changed, but the format stayed more or less the same. The competition is split into mass-start stages, individual and team time trials, stage towns and the mountain stages that traditionally include passing through the Alps. In the end, the cyclist with the shortest average time across all stages wins the coveted pink jersey. For the last decade, as a rule, every couple of years the competition had a “foreign start”, the last one being held in Jerusalem. The next Giro d’Italia will be held sometime at the end of May 2019.
Vuelta a España
The youngest of all three Grand Tours is Vuelta a España, first being held in 1935. The format is pretty similar to the other two competitions, but the color of the title-winning jersey in Spain is red. Even though the route varies each year, certain elements are always a part of the race, like the passage through the Pyrenees, and the traditional finish in Madrid. Vuelta a España is usually held at the end of August and lasts until mid-September.
How to Bet on Road Cycling
Watching elite cyclists at their best is a lot of fun in itself, but if you’re looking to heighten the experience, there are plenty of events you can place a bet on. Option one is simple, straight bets where you’re betting on who will win the race. The fact that there are so many different stages and categories on the Grand Tour, means you have a lot of options to choose from. But, if you prefer to get more creative, you can always go with any of the special bets available, some of which are really outside of the box. Remember to research the rider’s past achievements and experience, and take time to shop around for the best odds.