The Tour de France odds are posted by different online sportsbook sites at different times, yet most sportsbook sites release their Tour de France betting odds at least a few weeks before the race begins.
However, the race has 21 individual stages and many online betting sites will update their Tour de France odds throughout the race in response to how cyclists have performed in the earlier stages. Consequently, sports betting fans must decide when the opportune moment is to wager on the Tour de France betting odds.
The Tour de France odds for 2009 will be available well before the race begins on July 4 in order to give online sports betting enthusiasts an opportunity to handicap the Tour de France betting odds and place early wagers on the race winner. It is often a good idea to analyze the potential of each racer before sports book sites have even released their Tour de France odds and then compare one’s analysis with the Tour de France odds as soon as they have been released. If one then determines that the Tour de France odds undervalue some of the racers, then one knows that a wager on such Tour de France odds probably offers decent value. Moreover, some of the best value in the Tour de France odds is often available for only a short time after they have been released, because after enough time the best value in the Tour de France odds will be lost as other bettors perceive the value and place their bets.
Nevertheless, by wagering on the Tour de France odds in June, for example, one obviously must deal with many unknown factors. Consequently, some bettors wait until the race has already started before wagering on the Tour de France betting odds. For example, if one waits until the first rest day, which occurs after Stage 9, then one can wager on the Tour de France odds with much greater knowledge about each racer. By this point bettors will have already observed several flat stages and several mountain stages, so the ability of each rider should be somewhat clear. However, the problem with waiting until this point to wager on the Tour de France odds is that the Tour de France odds will obviously be shifted to reflect the previous nine stages of the race. Therefore, the value in the Tour de France odds may not longer be apparent. For instance, the early Tour de France odds feature Denis Menchov at about +1600, but if he races very well in the first nine stages then those Tour de France odds may very well fall to +600.
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