After several tumultuous seasons of doping scandals many top riders have been weeded out and a handful of top riders remain as the favorites in this year’s sportsbook Tour de France odds. And while some talented high profile riders will be ineligible for this year’s competition the event should be as exciting as ever.
Tour de France odds makers have poured over the field and with the start of this year’s Tour de France betting odds competition about to begin the short of list likely winners includes several former winners and several riders that have come close to victory.
Perhaps the pre-race favorite, 2008 Tour de France betting odds champ Carlos Sastre is near the top of the list for every Tour de France odds guru. His win last year in the Tour de France odds was gives him not only a lot confidence the experience necessary to repeat. It’s no easy feat winning the Tour de France odds and once you do it, you gain invaluable insight as to how to do it again.
Fellow countryman and 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is also near the top of the short list of likely Tour de France betting odds winners. Like Sastre, he knows what it takes to win this major event and at just 26 year’s old he’s hitting the prime of his racing career and seems likely to win at least one more Tour de France odds competition. Denis Menchov is another racer that has competed for the Tour de France odds title, yet he’s never ended the race with the yellow jersey. This could finally be his year could finally be his year and the Tour de France course seems to support his all-around riding style.
Cadel Evans is a two-time runner up in the Tour de France odds competitions and has as good a chance as anyone in capturing this year’s Tour de France betting odds crown. He’s a terrific time trailer and should be among the top three in the 2009 Tour de France odds.
And there’s the Tour de France odds long shot that simply can’t be ignored. Ordinarily the Tour de France odds makers would pay much notice to a 37-year old rider, but when your name is Lance Armstrong and you’re a 7-time Tour de France odds winners you tend to get the benefit of the doubt.