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Cycling: Vingegaard's Tour de France plans up in the air

Tadej Pogacar is now the hot fancy to win the 2024 Tour de France as doubts remain over whether two-time reigning champion Jonas Vingegaard will be able to defend his crown.

The biggest race on the cycling calendar is still some months away, but Vingegaard could be forced to miss out following an horrific crash at the Tour of the Basque Country.

Not only that, fellow Tour de France general classification contenders Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic were also involved in the crash.

The crash has cast doubt over who will be ready for the Grand Depart on 29th July, and the biggest race for Vingegaard could be his return to full fitness.

Let’s take a look at the latest betting for the Tour de France.

Tadej Pogacar

Vingegaard was the hot favourite to win his third Tour de France on the spin, but the crash in the Basque Country has left his participation in doubt.

The Visma-Lease a Bike rider suffered a broken collarbone, a collapsed lung, a contusion to that lung and several broken ribs.

It is unlikely Vingegaard will be able to ride the Tour de France, but even if he makes a miraculous recovery, his preparation will be severely hampered.

He would not be the rider that has won the last two editions, making Pogacar the clear front-runner to win the tour.

Pogacar himself has started 2024 in impressive style and can be backed at 1.44 to win the 2024 Tour de France.

The UAE Team Emirates star has already won Strade Bianche and also completed a clean sweep at the Volta a Catalunya.

Pogacar is still due to race the Giro d’Italia and it remains to be seen how much that race will take out of him, but he will still take some stopping at the Tour de France.

Primoz Roglic

Bora Hansgrohe rider Roglic was also involved in the Basque Country crash but fortunately escaped without suffering serious injury.

Bumps, bruises and road rash will mean his preparation will not be effected, but he has yet to show his best form since leaving Visma-Lease a Bike.

He will be hoping to do that at the Criterium du Dauphine, but for now the jury is out on the Slovenian, who is 4.50 to win the Tour de France.

Remco Evenepoel

Evenepoel suffered a broken collarbone during in the Basque Country, but after undergoing surgery will be good to go at the Tour de France.

The Belgian will be unable to defend his title at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, but will be relieved to have avoided serious injury.

The Soudal Quickstep rider can be backed at 9.00 to win the Tour de France, but there is still a question mark over whether he will have the team around him to do it.

Juan Ayuso

Juan Ayuso went on to win the Tour of the Basque Country, but not a great deal can be read into it after Vingegaard, Evenepoel and Roglic all crashed out.

However, he also came second at Tirreno-Adriatico and is clearly in good touch as the Tour de France approaches.

UAE Team Emirates will be going all out for Tadej Pogacar, but in Ayuso they also have a very strong back-up plan and the Spaniard can be backed at 8.00.

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