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Victory for France: Riblon conquers the Alpe!
On the day that the race leader lost time to some general classification rivals, he also increased his advantage on the rider in second place. Chris Froome would not finish with the front group. There would be changes to the top 10. The rider in second overall would lose time... but Alberto Contador is still the closest challenger after a dramatic day of racing to Alpe d'Huez - and onward, up and over the col de Sarenne, down into the valley and back to Alpe d'Huez for an encore performance that yielded some of the most exciting kilometres of racing in the 100th Tour de France.
Froome had assistance from Porte who paced his leader to the top and limited the losses to the flying Colombian Nairo Quintana who finished fourth in the stage and moved up to third place overall... and while all this was happening their was a USA-vs-France duel unfolding up ahead while Tejay van Garderen did all he could to hold off an impressive pursuit by Christophe Riblon.
The riders who finished first and second - Riblon and van Garderen - had issues on the final descent: one having mechanical troubles, the other racing off a the right of the road at high speed.
But they would reclaim their places at the front and race each other to the top of the famous climb. Ultimately it was the Frenchman who got the edge and raced into the lead with 2.2km to go and van Garderen could do little more than get to the finish and lament what might have been.
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 18 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 18, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 18th, 2013. This stage will stretch from Gap through to the Alpe-d'Huez, 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!
After a short time trial that will go through some of the hills in the southeastern part of France, the Tour de France betting odds will once again be contested in Gap, this time as the start of a very interesting stage that is unlike what we have ever seen before for the Tour.
Many feel as though Stage 18 is going to be the impeccable stage of this tour, and it will be the signature of the event. Not only do the riders end up going through the Alpe-d'Huez once, but they end up doing it a second time as well in the race to the summit.
Gap in and of itself is a tough area to try to get through, and many have had problems here that have ruined their chances of beating the Tour de France gambling odds in the process. Right off the bat in Stage 18, there is a steep incline that runs from 817 meters above sea level at the start to a peak of 1,268 meters above sea level at the Col de Manse.
The real challenges start around the 95 kilometer mark. The Col d'Ornon is 1,371 meters above sea level, and just getting up that mountain is going to be a heck of a challenge. However, the decline could be almost as treacherous as the incline itself was. In a stretch of does 10 kilometers, the riders are going from 1,371 meters above sea level down to 723 meters above sea level.
Think that's the end of it? Think again. This is the first trip up the Alpe-d'Huez, and it's a horrendous slope to try to climb. The slope is a solid 9% incline, one which even the most advanced riders in the world will have a tough time finding traction. The summit races up to a peak of 2,000 meters above sea level in a hurry. The next 25 kilometers or so are all downhill, but then, it's right back up the Alpe-d'Huez for a second time. This marks the first time that the riders have had to climb the same peak in the same stage twice in the Tour de France, and it is tremendous challenge and will be a grueling race to the top of the mountain.
We have discussed Spanish riders quite a bit when it comes to beating the Tour de France wagering odds in the mountain stages, and it is in the second climb in the Alps, not even the first, that will really make the difference.
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Tour de France gambling - Richie Porte making name for himself in 2013 Tour de France
Tour de France Betting Online: While Chris Froome is now just days away from wrapping up his first Tour de France championship, there is another rider on his team who is proving he could be among the contenders in subsequent years. Richie Porte is not even in the general classification as he helps out on Froome’s Team Sky group, but has proven himself as an up-and-comer in Tour de France gambling.... Continue Reading
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