Exactly one-third of this year’s stages are in the mountains, meaning Tour de France betting fans will need to carefully assess each rider’s climbing ability. Moreover, Tour de France betting fans will notice that this year a mountain stage directly precedes the final day of the event.
Tour de France betting analyses must account for a wide variety of racing abilities. To bet on Tour de France odds at an online sportsbook while only accounting for sprinting ability or climbing ability, for instance, will lead to an incomplete analysis of the Tour de France betting board. With seven mountain stages of 21 total stages in 2009, climbing ability will be just as important as ever when you evaluate the Tour de France betting lines. Just before the first rest day, online betting fans will watch three consecutive stages through the mountains. Stage 7, for example, finishes in Andorra with an elevation of over two kilometres, and Stage 8 involves a difficult climb through Port d’Envalira. Later on, Stages 15 through 17 are all mountain stages as well, this time involving difficult climbs through the Alps. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise to Tour de France betting enthusiasts that Alberto Contador, who is often seen as the best climber in the world, is listed as the heavy favorite by sportsbook sites in their early Tour de France betting lines. Similarly, riders like Mark Cavendish, who can sprint with the best but are less capable in the mountains, are not listed as favourably in the sports book Tour de France betting lines.
Online sports betting fans should also note that the final mountain stage is Stage 20, and never before in Tour de France history has a mountain stage been placed the day before Stage 21. In fact, three of the final seven stages are mountain stages. Consequently, the race will be won or lost in these mountain stages, and the success of one’s Tour de France betting choices will be determined there as well. Therefore, if one chooses to bet on Tour de France odds without appreciating the impact of the final mountain stages then one’s online betting may appear successful until Stage 15, but then quickly lose promise as the race concludes. Moreover, any Tour de France betting fans who bet on Tour de France odds during the race must recognize that a non-climber doing well in the early stages may still not offer particularly good Tour de France betting value.
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