Such is the case because the Tour de France is one of the most important events in all of sports and Tour de France betting provides sportsbook bettors with tremendous excitement and entertainment year after year. As Tour de France betting fans analyze the 2009 Tour de France odds there are many interesting factors worthy of consideration.
The Tour de France odds for 2009 once again feature Lance Armstrong, who has not been listed in Tour de France odds since his last Tour de France in 2005. Many sports book bettors are pleased to have another opportunity to wager on Armstrong’s Tour de France odds, as he has dominated the race like no other person in history. Nevertheless, Tour de France betting veterans know that this will not be an easy race for Armstrong and the Tour de France odds do not even feature him as the favorite—that honor goes to Spain’s Alberto Contador. Moreover, Armstrong will be pushed by sprinters like Mark Cavendish and other racers, such as Carlos Sastre, Cadel Evans, Denis Menchov, and Christian Vandevelde, who sports betting fans will remember as having done well in 2008. Also, some online betting fans will choose to wager on a variety of underdog riders listed with higher payouts in the Tour de France odds instead of betting on the Tour de France odds for top riders like Contador, Armstrong, and Menchov.
As Tour de France betting enthusiasts look through the Tour de France odds they cannot help but notice that the Tour de France odds feature riders from dozens of different countries. Despite what some bettors believe, however, Frenchmen and Europeans do not enjoy any genuine advantage. Bettors also often wonder about how important it is to be on a strong team, and although it is not necessary, there is no doubt that riders benefit from having strong teammates. Also, this factor is more relevant for the 2009 Tour de France odds than it has been for Tour de France odds of years past because this year the team time trial will be reintroduced after an absence of several years. Nevertheless, the team time trial is just one of 21 unique stages that the course includes. One-third of these stages are mountain stages, and this includes the penultimate day of the race, meaning the expert climbers listed in the Tour de France odds may do well at the race’s conclusion.
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