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If you think cycling is boring because guys are riding bikes in spandex, spice it up a little bit by betting on the Tour de France online odds at BookMaker sportsbook! This online wagering outlet offers the earliest race futures and matchups. Stage 3 of the 2012 Tour de France will commence Tuesday, July 3 at Orchies and end in Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Tour de France Stage 3 Winner
For the second time in three days, 22-year-old Peter Sagan has won a stage of the Tour de France and gets to hold on to his green jersey. Despite The Terminator's domination of the third stage, it is Fabian Cancellara who retains the yellow jersey with Bradley Wiggins just seven seconds behind. Wiggins got caught behind a nasty crash, but he was awarded the same time as the winner, and as a result, remains within striking distance of Cancellara.
Tour de France Betting Odds: Stage 3 of the 2012 Tour de France will start in Orchies and finish in Boulogne-sur-Mer, two stops that have hosted the event on previous occasions.
This medium-mountain stage will span 197 kilometers and it's the first opportunity for true puncheurs to gain some ground on the speedsters. There are five hills with a 10 percent gradient when the group reaches the Monts du Boulonnais.
Nearly 45,000 people occupy Boulogne-sur-Mer, the sub prefecture of Pas-de-Calais. The first two times the Tour ended here fans saw sprint finishes, but that won't be the case in 2012. The last leg of Stage 3 is a 700-meter ascent.
The 2012 Tour de France will take place from Saturday, June 30 to Sunday, July 22. This will mark the 99th edition of the historic cycling race that began in 1903. The epic journey will begin in the Belgian city of Liege and end on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
The Tour de France consists of one prologue and 20 stages, which covers a total distance of 3,479 kilometers. The race will feature nine flat stages and two individual time trials. There will be three summit finishes among the five mountain stages and four medium-mountain stages. Two rest days are built in to this year's event and there is no team time-trial stage.
Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will not be competing in this year's race after testing positive for the banned drug Clenbuterol in early February. He was stripped of his 2010 Tour title and suspended for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Last year, Cadel Evans captured his first Yellow Jersey by traversing through the Alps and the reaching the highest summit finish in Tour de France history. Evans was the first Australian to win the coveted race.
Andy Schleck, who was awarded the 2010 Tour title after it was vacated by Contador, finished runner-up to Evans in 2011. Schleck's brother, Frank, finished third. Mark Cavendish was crowned winner of the points classification while Samuel Sanchez of Spain won the King of the Mountains category.
Because there are three time trials totaling 96.1 kilometers, cycling experts contend that this year's profile heavily favors clock specialists. And even though Contador won't be racing, he has given gamblers a prediction to chew on.
"It will be a race in which you have to attack, which is not a bad thing. It is more for the riders that go very strong in the time trials," said Contador. "This is a course that favors the winner of last year, Cadel Evans."
Evans is currently going off as the 2012 Tour de France favorite with +190 odds. Bradley Wiggins, who won the Paris-Nice, is another complete rider and he is the second-favorite at +350. Other time trial specialists are Denis Menchov and Tony Martin and they are priced at +1000 and +6600, respectively.
Even though Andy Schleck is a climber and there are only three uphill finishes in this year's trek, he has the third-lowest odds to win the 2012 Tour at +400. Brother Frank currently holds +4000 odds.
Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, leaves cycling bettors with this little nugget:
"So let us make a bet that the very significant increase in the number of time trials will not ensure the impunity of the best riders," Prudhomme said in a statement. "In any event, the climbers and puncheurs whose abilities are limited in this exercise know what is required of them: if they don't attack, there will be no victories for them on the roads of the 2012 Tour." BookMaker sportsbook will have 2012 Tour de France online odds available at the click of a button. If you know who is going to get disqualified for doping then bet on the other cyclist to win the Yellow Jersey!
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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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