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The Grand Tour is the comprehensive title given to the three most important European long distance cycle races, the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Tour of Spain. Two of the three Grand Tour events, the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, as well as the World Cycling Championship make up the Triple Crown of Cycling – the most difficult and prestigious title achievable in professional bicycle racing.
The Tour de France is the most recognisable name in world cycling. The Tour is raced over twenty stages, through spectacular scenery and Alps Mountain passes, adding up to a total distance between 3,000 to 4,000 km. The time that each rider achieves per stage is combined to determine the overall winner of the event. There are smaller titles competed for within the race with the holders being awarded a specific jersey. Examples of Tour de France jerseys include: The Yellow Jersey (overall time leader), Green Jersey (points leader), Polka Dot Jersey (King of the Mountains) and the White Jersey (best performing rider under 25). Lance Armstrong is the most successful rider in the history of the race, winning it seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, setting a plethora of new records. Spaniard Alberto Contador is the reigning Tour de France champion taking out the title consecutively in 2009 and most recently 2010 ...read more
As part of the Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, also commonly known as the Giro, is one of the major stage races in professional cycling. The race is held annually in May/June over a distance of around 3,500 km. The race format is basically identical to the Tour de France. Russian Cyclist Denis Menchov (Rabobank team) rode to victory in 2009, while Alfredo Binda, Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx hold the record for the most race wins at five each.
Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) Betting
Held in Spain each September, the Vuelta a España is ranked alongside the Tour de France and the Giro in terms of cycling prestige and importance. It is a 20 stage race. Unique to the event, the overall leader wears a Golden Jersey compared to the Yellow Jersey awarded in the other two Grand Tour races. Alejandro Valverde won the 2009 Vuelta. Tony Rominger and Roberto Heras have both won the Tour three times. This year's tour is due to start on 28th August in Seville and conclude in Madrid on 19th September.
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Tour de France Odds - Cadel Evans favored to repeat as Tour de France winner in 2012
Tour de France Betting Online: The 2012 Tour de France will take place from Saturday, June 30 to Sunday, July 22. This year will mark the 99th edition of the historic cycling event that began in 1903. The epic journey will begin in the Belgian city of Liege and end on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. BookMaker offers... Continue Reading
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