Tour de France betting enthusiasts often wonder how much consideration they need to give to each rider’s particular team when placing a bet on Tour de France odds.
On the one hand, to bet on Tour de France odds a sports betting fan will typically place a wager on Tour de France betting lines for individual cyclists, but, on the other hand, sportsbook bettors know that each rider bikes as a part of a team. The reality is that the strength of a rider’s team definitely is not the most important factor online sportsbook bettors should consider when analyzing the Tour de France betting lines, but it also is not a factor that Tour de France betting fans should completely overlook.
Tour de France betting almost always involves wagering on a single rider, as cycling is not a team sport in the same way that other sports featured in the online betting odds are team sports, such as football or basketball. The ultimate champion of the event will be a single rider, rather than a team, so it would be illogical for sports book sites to focus on providing Tour de France betting lines for each team.
Nevertheless, some Tour de France betting fans completely overlook the team aspect of the race when they bet on Tour de France odds, and this also should not be the case. The 2009 Tour de France involves 20 different teams and there is no question that some of those teams are stronger than others. Moreover, riding on a strong team does offer some benefits that online sports betting fans should recognize. Having a strong team will help a rider persevere in certain stages of the race, and the reintroduction of the team trial in 2009 increases the importance of having a good team. Therefore, Tour de France betting enthusiasts should take the time to evaluate the talents of a rider’s teammates before placing a bet on Tour de France odds for the rider. Without question, Tour de France betting fans can agree that the most talented team entering the 2009 Tour de France is Astana, which features the top two riders listed in the Tour de France betting lines, Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, in addition to skilled riders like Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Kloden. Nevertheless, Tour de France betting fans should not assume that Astana is the only skilled racing team in the event. Some other formidable teams include Team Saxo Bank, which features Andy Schleck, Silence-Lotto, which features Cadel Evans, and Rabobank, which features Denis Menchov. In reality, the ultimate victor could come from any of these teams or any of the other teams featured in the event, so Tour de France betting fans should assess the potential of every team and its top few riders.
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