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With just three stages remaining in the Tour de France after Thursday, who is shaping up to have the most value in the final days of the 2022 Tour de France? Johnny Covers answers.
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2022 Tour de France Stage 18 Odds and Picks: Alexander Vlasov Poised For Big Finish at Tour de France

And just like that, the 2022 Tour de France favorite has stretched his lead and ballooned to -600 on the odds board, as Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard has made the race his to lose. With just three stages and four days left, the race now heads to the big mountain as riders will traverse from Lourdes to Hautacam. 

Stage 18 of the Tour de France in 2022 offers climbers one last opportunity to win a mountain stage or move up the General Classification standings before Saturday's 40-kilometer individual time trial, and full-on spring.

The stage starts in Lourdes and climbs right away, not dramatically but enough for riders trying to join the breakaway to be warming up on their trainers. The route travels through the Pyrenean foothills as it winds its way toward a sprint after leaving town and racing on to Hautacam.

Stretching 143.2km in total, there are three summits to climb in total, with the first (the Aubisque) being the most brutal at 23km in total. Making its debut in the 1994 Tour de France, and appearing five times since this stage has become iconic as its winner often times goes on to win the entire rice. In fact, four of the past five riders to be first at the final summit have gone on to win the race. 

With just three stages remaining after Thursday, who is shaping up to have the most value in the final days of the 2022 Tour de France? 

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2022 Tour de France Stage 18 Preview & Overall Odds & Picks

When: July 1st - 24th

How to Watch: NBCSports.com

Where: Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, and France

Click here for the latest Tour de France odds

Updated Tour de France Standings (Through Stage 17)

1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN) 64:28:09

2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) +2:18

3. Geraint Thomas (GBR) +4:56

4. Nairo Quintana (COL) +7:53

5. David Gaudu (FRA) +7:57

6. Romain Bardet (FRA) +9:21

7. Louis Meintjes (RSA) +9:24

8. Aleksandr Vlasov +9:56

9. Adam Yates (GBR) +14:33

10. Enric Mas (ESP) +16:35

Top 5 Outright Tour de France Betting Odds

All Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

Jonas Vingegaard -600 (Bet $600 to win $100)

Tadej Pogacar +480 (Bet $100 to win $480)

Geraint Thomas +5500 (Bet $100 to win $5500)

Maximillian Schachmann +10000 (Bet $100 to win $10000)

Thibaut Pinot +100000 (Bet $100 to win $100000)

Podium Finish: Alexander Vlasov +2900 (Bet $100 to win $2900)

Russian Alexander Vlasov of team BORA-Hansgrohe has made a serious push over the last couple of stages and now finds himself firmly in the top 10 inside of five minutes off of third place pace (Geraint Thomas). Known for his ability to push in the mountains, Vlasov already has two major race wins this season in stage races in the Tour de Romandie and Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.

At just 26, Vlasov is at the early stages of his professional cycling career and mostly riding under the radar as far as bettors are concerned. While he has plenty of ground to makeup, these odds are too good to pass up.

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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