Geraint Thomas caused one of the biggest shocks in Tour De France history last year with his victory when considered a genuine outsider for the Yellow jersey.
But the Welshman will line up at the Grand Depart in Belgium this weekend as favourite to win, and that is something of a good omen.
Looking back at the previous winners over the last decade, and the winners do very well indeed.
Seven out of the last ten winners have been the pre-race favourites – although in 2010 Alberto Contador later lost that title due to a failed drug test.
But can Thomas repeat the feat?
|Tour De France||Winner||Pre-race favourite|
|2009||Alberto Contador||Alberto Contador|
|2010||Alberto Contador (later awarded to Andy Schleck)||Alberto Contador|
|2011||Cadel Evans||Alberto Contador|
|2012||Bradley Wiggins||Bradley Wiggins|
|2013||Chris Froome||Chris Froome|
|2014||Vincenzo Nibali||Chris Froome|
|2015||Chris Froome||Chris Froome|
|2016||Chris Froome||Chris Froome|
|2017||Chris Froome||Chris Froome|
|2018||Geraint Thomas||Chris Froome|
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “Thomas caused a big shock this year, but with the likes of Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin missing, he has a very good chance of claiming another win.
“But Bookmakers only just have him as favourite ahead of his Team Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal – who looks like having a great chance of victory.”
*Odds correct at time of writing
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