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If you're looking for the best betting tips to beat the Tour de France lines then you've come to the right place. BookMaker sportsbook is your one-stop shop to meet all of your wagering needs. Cash in on some serious cycling action as Stage 4 of the 2012 Tour de France will go down Wednesday, July 4, running from Abbeville to Rouen.
Tour de France Stage 4 Winner
Germany's Andre Greipel won Stage 4 of the Tour de France on a breathtaking final sprint. The leaderboard didn't change, though. Fabian Cancellara continued his strong showing thus far with a trouble-free performance that gives him a slight seven-second lead over Bradley Wiggins and Sylvain Chavanel, according to the Tour de France website. World champion Mark Cavendish took an unfortunate tumble with less than two miles left, but he's going to be alright.
Tour de France Betting Odds: Following the first medium-mountain stage of the 2012 Tour de France, the group descends back down to a plain scene for Stage 4.
The flat fourth stage will start in Abbeville and end in Rouen, spanning a distance 214 kilometers. Mother Nature could come into play early on in Stage 4 because there might be strong winds blowing from the sea, which would benefit riders familiar with bordure formations.
Abbeville is the gateway to the Bay of Somme and this will be the first time the town of 24,000 has hosted the Tour de France. There is good wine in these parts so cyclists can't be distracted by the vine and beautiful scenery.
Rouen is a mainstay on the Tour having hosted the epic race on 19 previous occasions. The City of a Hundred Steeples holds nearly 115,000 inhabitants.
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."
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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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