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Froome Fastest: the leader wins again
Chris Froome can do no wrong. He has confirmed, yet again, that he is the fastest rider in the 100th Tour de France. The Brit from Sky Procycling beat Alberto Contador by 8.82 seconds to win a time trial for the first time from his three starts in the Tour. Last year he was second to Bradley Wiggins twice, today he was almost nine second ahead of one of the former champions and yet again demonstrated that his preparation for the race has been perfect.
He was given leadership status after stepping off the podium as runner-up in the 2012 edition and after today it seems only an accident can prevent him from winning the yellow jersey in 2013. Unlike his main rival, he opted to swap a bike just before the 20km mark of the 32km stage from Embrun to Chorges but even that bit of juggling - switching from a road bike to a TT-specific one - couldn't help Contador win a TT stage. The rider who had been in second overall, Bauke Mollema was well down the rankings as he neared the end of the stage and his shift down the classification was made even worse when he thumped into a barricade 1.2km from the finish, rubbing salt into wounded pride... he would lose 2'09» to the stage winner and end up 6'23» behind Froome.
If there were awards for the bravest and most unfortunate rider in the 17th stage, Jean-Christophe Peraud would be the winner. His Tour de France came to an end 2km from the finish of the time trial and it was so because of a dramatic crash. Not only did he land heavily on his right shoulder, but he did so for the second time today after having an accident while training on the course earlier in the day. He was in ninth overall but is now out of the race.
The Tour de France is just about set to get started, as all of the best bike riders in the world will get together for this four-week event. Cycling betting enthusiasts are going to be psyched up for Stage 17 of this event, and we'll have all of the coverage for it here at BookMaker Sportsbook!
On Wednesday, July 17th, the Tour de France will continue with Stage 17, which will start in Embrun and follow down to Chorges, France. The NBC Sports Network will have live television coverage of this stage for cycling betting fans in the United States.
For those who follow the cycling betting odds with routine, this is going to probably be the most intriguing time trial that the Tour de France has seen in quite some time. It is a picturesque setting for the Tour to be racing in, but the terrain on this short time trial is going to be incredibly tough. There will be several different styles of racing that take place, and it will all vary from rider to rider.
As is normally the case in these short time trials, you aren't likely to make up a heck of a lot of time, but one slip can really cost you oodles on the clock. With the number of stages dwindling by the time we reach Stage 17, any mistake could be the one that costs you the Tour de France if you're wearing the yellow jacket or are nearby.
There are only two climbs in this stage, but in fairness, the entire stage is only a total of 32 kilometers long, one of the shortest individual time trials that we have seen in quite a few years at the Tour de France. Thirteen of those kilometers though, are straight uphill. The first is only six kilometers in, and it runs at a climb of 6%. The second near the end of the race is nearly seven kilometers long, and it is slightly steeper at the Cote de Reallon at 6.3%.
As we have mentioned in the past, analyzing the cycling betting lines in these time trials is tough. Last year, Fabian Cancellara won the very first individual time trial, while Bradley Wiggins claimed the stage crown in both of the others. Here's the problem from a handicapping perspective: Both are out of the Tour de France this year.
This race is only expected to take right around 45 minutes from start to finish, and that’s just the type of run that the riders are going to need at this point to get into the swing of things once again after the off day and Stage 16.
Mark Cavendish makes the most sense to win this time trial, knowing that he has learned at the feet of Wiggins and is now the leader of the top British cycling team that is coming to France for this race. We are though, keeping our eye on Peter Sagan as well. The Slovakian is the type of rider that could steal the whole Tour if others aren't careful. Chris Froome and Thomas Voeckler are both interesting names as well, and of course, you can't ever count out Alberto Contador from your cycling betting picks when he is running in the race.
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Tour de France gambling - Richie Porte making name for himself in 2013 Tour de France
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