Tour De France (and a cheeky bit of Italy too)

This entry was posted on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

By the time the Tour De France has been completed, 2,132 miles of road will have been covered over 21 gruelling days of racing. To get through the world’s most physiologically demanding event, the 198 riders will each consume 10,000 calories a day,  the equivalent of 17 Big Macs. New York Times journalist, Daniel Coyle suggests the Tour De France is, “the equivalent of running a marathon almost every day for three weeks.”

The outright winner market is dominated by two riders – favourite Alberto Contador (1.9 on Betfair), the winner of three of the last four Tours and Andy Schlek, (2/1 with Ladbrokes) runner-up for the last two years and winner of the young rider classification for the last three. Contador won the Giro d’Italia a month ago by an astounding six minutes and 10 seconds and it seems hard to believe anyone will beat him – some of the bookmakers have him as low as 11/20.

One of the more interesting markets is the number of riders that will finish the race. It’s been increasing every year since 2006 and last year 170 of 197 finished. Betfair go an attractive 1.83 on 162+ riders completing the race.

There are a myriad of other betting opportunities given the number of stages. Odds aren’t out yet, but Belgian Phillipe Gilbert should win the short uphill finish Stage Four. Additionally many firms are offering each way places for the top 3 finishers and in this regard Italian Ivan Basso, winner of the 2010 Giro d’Italia looks good value at 9/1 in the ‘without Contador market’.

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