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Tour de France: Battle for yellow going to the wire

The Tour de France is entering its third and final week and it is still impossible to predict who will claim the yellow jersey in Paris on Sunday.

It has been another exciting week of action, but there remains little to separate the two main protagonists, Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar.

All will be decided in the coming days, but it is not all about the yellow jersey. The race to finish third and make the podium is tight, so too is the battle for the King of the Mountains.

We are all set up for a gripping finale to the 2023 Tour de France now that the final rest day is over, so let’s take a look at the latest standings.

WhatTour de France 2023
WhereSpain and France
WhenSaturday 1st July - Sunday 23rd July 2023
How to watchSBS
OddsJonas Vingegaard 1.83, Tadej Pogacar 2.00

The battle for yellow

It continues to be a two-horse race for the yellow jersey as Vingegaard and Pogacar continue to battle it out.

Pogacar has managed to chip away at Vingegaard’s lead, but the reigning champion is still holding on to a slender 10 second advantage.

Vingegaard is priced at 1.83 to win the Tour de France, while Pogacar is available at 2.00.

There are two big mountain stages to come on Wednesday and Saturday before we hit Paris on Sunday and they will be pivotal.

However, Tuesday’s individual time trial will also be significant and could go a long way to deciding who will win the Tour.

Pogacar can be backed at 2.25 to win the stage, with Vingegaard 2.37 to take it, but again it will all come down to a precious few seconds gained or lost.

Podium spot up for grabs

The race is also on to join Pogacar and Vingegaard on the podium in Paris and it has been an eventful week in the general classification.

Jai Hindley was in the box seat after the first week, but was involved in a crash on stage 14 and went on to lose a significant amount of time to his rivals.

At the same time Carlos Rodriguez has stepped up to the plate when winning stage 14 which helped him to jump up to third on the general classification.

The Ineos Grenadiers rider is priced at 2.10 to finish in the top three, but he does have Adam Yates breathing down his neck.

Yates is 19 seconds behind Rodriguez and is priced at 1.72 to make the top three.

Hindley does tend to come strong in the third week of a grand tour and can be backed at 10.00 to win the tussle for a podium finish.

He is 1 minute 17 seconds behind Rodriguez, but that gap can be closed if the Australian recovers and finds his form.

King of the Mountains

The battle to win the Polka Dot jersey is also very tight, with Giulio Ciccone and Neilson Powless locked on 58 points.

Ciccone is priced at 3.00 to win it, Powless 15.00, but with two big mountain stages to come, the terrain is more likely to suit Vingegaard.

The Dane is on 54 points and is priced at 3.00. Pogacar is on 48 points, but could hoover up plenty more this week and is priced at 3.25.

Points classification

Jasper Philipsen has four stage wins to his name in this Tour de France and pretty much has the green jersey in the bag.

The Alpecin rider is on 323 points and is priced at 1.062 to hold on to the green jersey as his closest rival, Mads Pedersen, has 179 points.

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