Cycling betting odds are the most popular on events like the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana. Other events such as the Paris-Roubaix and the Giro di Lombardia also attract attention from gamblers who like cycling betting.
Cycling betting has many classic races in addition to the ones previous mentioned. The Tour de France gets all the headlines but other races like the Ronde van Vlaanderen also have exciting cycling odds. The World Championships are also intriguing in cycling betting. The main events of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and the World Cycling Championships are considered the Triple Crown of cycling. Only two riders in history have won the Triple Crown, Eddy Merckx in 1974 and Stephen Roche in 1987.
This year's Tour de France gets underway on July 4th and concludes on July 26th. The race will be made up of 21 stages covering a distance of 3,500 kilometers. There are 10 flat stages, 7 mountain stages, 1 medium mountain stage, 2 individual time trials and 1 team time trial. The favorite in cycling betting for this year's race is Alberto Contador. He is followed by Lance Armstrong and Andy Schleck. Those are the three favorites in cycling betting odds for the 2009 Tour de France.
The Ronde van Vlaanderen or Tour of Flanders as it is also know is held in Flanders, Belgium each spring and really begins the cycling betting season in early April. It is held a week before Paris-Roubaix. The race is part of the UCI ProTour and is the most important race in Belgium. The favorite to win this year's race in cycling odds is Tom Boonen of Belgium. He is followed by Allesandro Ballan and Fabian Cancellara in cycling betting odds.
The Liège-Bastogne-Liège, also known as the La Doyenne is one of the five Classic style races on the cycling betting schedule and is run in late April. It is held in the Ardennes of Belgium and goes from Liege to Bastogne and back. The race was part of the UCI Road World Cup. The favorite in cycling odds for this year's race is Damiano Cunego. He is followed in cycling betting odds by Alejandro Valverde.