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Froome: victory in the Sky
Anyone who doubted the strength of Chris Froome and his Sky team at the 100th Tour de France was reminded that although two men are no longer there as support, the Kenyan-born Brit is The Dominant rider of the 2013 race.
With great support from Peter Kennaugh and Richie Porte on the final climb - and a dream lead to the epic encounter on Mont Ventoux in the final 20km of the longest stage of this year's Tour - the leader of the Sky team put on a display of climbing that will be talked about for a long time to come. This was racing at its finest with clever, well-time - and phenomenally strong - accelerations eliminating all of his rivals from the equation.
A week of racing is yet to come but the overall leader is also the winner at the top of the mythical mountain in the Vaucluse department. Froome is the only rider other than Eddy Merckx to win a stage of the Tour de France while clad in the colours of the leader and he increased his advantage over Bauke Mollema who is still in second place, but 4'14» behind. On the final climb, there were several phases of cooperation: Quintana briefly worked with Mikel Nieve who had attacked early and would share turns with Alberto Contador before finishing third.
And, of course, Quintana and Froome climbed well ahead of the rest. Froome was so impressed by the Colombian's performance that he later explained how he told himself, 'This guys is going to win the stage today and I'm going to have to settle for second'. But it wasn't to be. Froome is the strongest in the race. He has climbed to a second stage victory and continues to remind everyone that there was a good reason he was the favourite for the title of the 100th edition.
Contador was good, but not able to match him; Mollema faltered only briefly but it cost him almost two minutes; Quintana can climb but the losses in the time trial cost him dearly... and everyone else who was listed as potential winners - based largely on reputations earned from past years - were well-and-truly eliminated from the battle on Mont Ventoux. Cadel Evans: a winner two years ago, 31st in the stage over eight minutes behind.
Andy Schleck: a challenger for the yellow jersey on the last visit to the Giant of Provence but the first team leader dropped this year and over 10 minutes behind Froome at the finish... This was a stage that many eagerly awaited and ultimately it became a one-man show ahead of a cast of stars.
Beating the Tour de France odds is one of the most difficult things that a bettor could do. Here at BookMaker Sportsbook, we're giving you a profile of Stage 15 of the Tour, giving you all of the ins and outs of what you can expect for this stage and stating some of the riders that might be best to be on your radar when it comes time to actually bet the race.
The Tour de France continues with Stage 15, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 14th, 2013. This stage will stretch from Givors, just outside of Lyon all the way through the mountains to the Mont Ventoux, France, and the NBC Sports Network is going to have the live television of this race. Join us at BookMaker Sportsbook as we give you all that you need to know about this stage when it's time to analyze the Tour de France odds!
It is high time for another rest day even though there was one earlier in the week for those playing the Tour de France betting odds, but that rest isn't coming until the riders are done with one more hellacious stage.
Stage 15 has already been circled as the toughest on the Tour de France this year. Part of the problem is the length of the race. These riders have to travel a stunning 242.5 kilometers, a race that is going to likely take at least seven hours to complete. Mother Nature in this part of the region tends to supply brutally hot summer days as well, which really could make this an even more difficult race. Believe it or not, the competition on the Tour de France gambling odds might be tighter if there is rain in the forecast instead of blistering heat.
Believe it or not, it isn't the first 200 kilometers that are the problems in this stage, though by itself, those 200 kilometers would make a hard enough stage, particularly after three straight long trips to get from the northern portion of France down to Lyon. The riders start around 160 meters above sea level, and they do get all the way up to the 651 meters above sea level at the Cote de Bourdeaux.
However, when you look down the road and see what comes over the course of the last 20.8 kilometers of Stage 15, you'll understand why this is the toughest stretch in the entire Tour. All 21 kilometers are going to be essentially straight up the mountain. There's a reason that Mont Ventoux is known as "God's Tomb" in France. The climb up this mountain is horrendous, and it would be horrendous by itself if not for the six hours of racing that were to take place before this climb.
The climb takes 20.8 kilometers, and it stretches at the average incline of 7.5%. The last kilometer of the race? Even steeper at 9.5%.
The climb itself will separate the boys from the men once again on the Tour de France wagering odds. We would be willing to bet that the winner of this stage will go on to win the entire Tour. Alberto Contador, we have our eye on you and your Spanish team, as this is the terrain in which the Spaniards tend to have the most success.
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Tour de France gambling - Richie Porte making name for himself in 2013 Tour de France
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