Tour de France Odds Lack Stars in 2009

Tour de France odds season is in high gear as the world’s top cyclists prepare for sports betting’s premier bicycle challenge.

Every year Tour de France betting odds cap the high point of the summer cycling season which holds many a sports fan’s in rapture for during the three-week race. This year the field in the Tour de France odds is as wide open as it’s been in years and that should translate into some great wagering opportunities for fans.

Tour de France odds had grown somewhat predictable in recent times. With legendary US cyclist Lance Armstrong dominating the Tour de France betting odds and winning seven straight there wasn’t a lot of surprise for sports fans. Armstrong has since retired and unretired and plans to give the Tour de France odds once more shot this year. However, at the age of 37 and several years removed from competitive cycling he’s not exactly the Tour de France betting odds favorite he once was.   

This year there really isn’t one stand out rider as there has been in so many of the recent Tour de France betting odds. The problem is that the sport has seen so many of its’ top riders dethroned due to doping that the it’s been difficult to anoint anyone the new heir to the Tour de France odds. Even last year’s winner, Carlos Sastre, who is among the favorites in the Tour de France odds again this year, is hardly a lock to repeat. He was far from dominating last year and his place in this year’s Tour de France odds varies according to whom you speak with.

There are several other top riders that would ordinarily be considered among the Tour de France odds favorites but have been banned due to doping.  Alejandro Valverde the “bala verde” has been effectively banned from competing in the Tour de France odds due allegations made by the Italian cycling body. He would no doubt have been at the top of the list in this year’s Tour de France betting odds.

American Floyd Landis is another rider who should be in the prime of his career and a contender in the sport’s biggest event, but as many Tour de France odds fans know is essentially banned from racing for the rest of his career, also due to doping.

But there are still plenty of top riders that are capable of winning the Tour de France odds even if they’re not as well known.  Australian Cade Evans could finally win the elusive title he’s sought for years.  Also, veteran Dennis Menchov, who has already won the Giro de Italia and looks to be in fine form this year.