Cycling 2022 Tour de France and Giro de Italia Betting Odds & Analysis

Cycling 2022 Tour de France and Giro de Italia Betting Odds & Analysis

Heading into 2022, a couple of races are at the top of every cycling handicappers’ mind. The first happens in May when the top cyclists on the planet head to Hungary and then Italy for the Giro d’Italia. The second, and more famous of the two, happens in Denmark and then France in July. The 2022 Tour de France promises to be one of the year’s most intriguing events. Keep reading for more information about both this year’s Giro d’Italia odds and Tour de France Betting analysis.

Cycling Betting Analysis: Giro de Italia and Tour de France for 2022

2022 Giro d’Italia

  • When: May 6 – May 29
  • Where: Hungary and Italy

What is the Giro d’Italia?

The Giro, or the Tour of Italy, is one of cycling’s Big Three events. The Tour de France is the Kentucky Derby of racing. The Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d’Italia make up the Preakness and Belmont of cycling. 

Sometimes the Giro starts on foreign soil. In 2018, the race began in Israel. This year, the Giro starts in Hungary before moving to Italy.

Has the Giro d’Italia surpassed the Tour de France?

Not yet. But there is a huge contingent of cycling fans who believe the Giro should be the most important event of the year. 

Colombia’s Egan Bernal won the Giro d’Italia in 2021. Most consider Bernal one of the top five cyclists on the planet. Bernal winning the race adds gravitas to the event.

But neither Tadej Pogacar, nor Primoz Roglic, the top-two cyclists in the world, raced in Italy. Until cyclists like Pogacar and Roglic start preparing for the Giro, the Tour of Italy won’t catch the Tour de France as the top cycling event of the year. 

2022 Tour de France

  • When: July 1 – July 24
  • Where: Denmark and France

2022 Tour de France – Top 10 Odds Choices

  • Tadej Pogacar +125
  • Primoz Roglic +175
  • Jonas Vingegaard +500
  • Egan Bernal +1200
  • Richard Carapaz +2800
  • Mikal Landa +3300
  • Enric Maus Nicolau +3300
  • Tom Doumoulin +3300
  • Joao Almeida +4000
  • Geraint Thomas +4000

2021 Tour de France recap

Team Jumbo-Visma entered the Tour de France the squad to beat. Not only did Jumbo-Visma sport the top-rated cyclist in the world, Primoz Roglic, but they also had an under the radar up and comer in Jonas Vingegaard.

Roglic suffered a crash and then had to abandon the race. Vingegaard stepped up to lead Visma to a second-place in the general classification.

Tadej Pogacar with UAE Team Emirates won the yellow jersey. It was Pogacar’s second straight Tour de France victory. The Slovenian should head into the 2022 race a solid favorite. 

Which cyclist offers overlay odds? Pogacar, Vingegaard, or Roglic?

Vingegaard showed he can lead the top-rated team in cycling. But he may not have the experience to beat Pogacar.

Also, as great as Jumbo-Visma is, UAE Team Emirates has put dollars and man power towards creating the top team in cycling, which means Vingegaard and Roglic will head to the Tour at a disadvantage.

Roglic offers better odds than the chalk. But Pogacar beat Roglic in 2020 and 2021. He also had a shot to win in 2019. So even though Tadej is the chalk, he offers the fairest odds among the favorites to grab this year’s yellow jersey. 

Will this be Egan Bernal’s year?

It could be. Bernal won the 2019 Tour de France. He didn’t finish in 2020 after suffering back pain.

But although Bernal will have a chance, he has yet to say he will race in the 2021 event. Bernal won the Giro last year and then raced in the Vuelta, but he didn’t race in the Tour de France.

Who knows? If Team Sky, who Bernal races for, sees Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates skipping the Giro this year with their best cyclists, Team Sky might put most of their efforts towards winning the Giro again and may not compete as hard in the Tour de France.   

Name an underdog or two at +2800 to +4000 odds who have chances of upsetting the favorites

Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz had a terrific Tour de France. The 28-year-old finished third in the race behind Pogacar and Vingegaard. 

Vingegaard moves back to his secondary position if Roglic is healthy enough to race this year. So there’s a chance Carapaz will be close to the top two finishers again. It doesn’t mean he wins. But it does mean he’s worth a look at +2800.

Geraint Thomas is worth a look. He won the Tour de Romandie last year. Thomas finished forty-first at the Tour de France in 2021. But in 2019, he finished second overall and in 2018 he won a couple of stages.

Thomas will require luck. But every cyclist outside of Pogacar and Roglic requires luck to win the yellow jersey, making the 35-year-old Geraint a solid underdog play.