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Why bother spending hours handicapping Tour de France wagering odds when you can read everything you need to know about every stage here at BookMaker sportsbook. We break down trends, futures odds, injuries and more in our betting previews so you can cash your bet at BookMaker today! Stage 6 of the 2012 Tour de France will take place Friday, July 6 and run from Epernay to Metz.
Tour de France Stage 6 Winner
The crashing continued in Stage 6 of the 2012 Tour de France, and Slovakian rider Peter Sagan’s late surge to victory brought about another thrilling finish.
Australia’s Matt Goss seemed poised to take the stage, but Sagan and Germany's Andre Greipel both chased him down in the home stretch. Greipel had won the previous two stages, and Sagan narrowly edged him out to prevent a third consecutive win.
This stage started in Épernay, a northern French city, and ended 205 kilometers (127.4 miles) later in Metz, France, which is near the border with Germany. It is one of the flatter stages on tour and favored the sprinters.
Despite missing out on the excitement at the finish line, Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara retained the yellow jersey.
Tour de France Betting Odds: The first week of the 2012 Tour de France continues with Stage 6 that spans a distance of 210 kilometers from Epernay to Metz.
Britain's Mark Cavendish is a rider bettors might want to take a look at here. He took the stage that started in Epernay during the 2010 Tour so clearly he is comfortable on the roads.
This plain Stage 6 is a solid place for sprinters to jump ahead of the group. But since five of the first six stages have been flat, some teams may be biding their time with a rest day coming after the next two mountain stages and time trial.
If that's the case, aggressive cyclists can make a push to the front in Metz. Metz is no stranger to the Tour, having hosted a stage on 40 prior occasions. Six previous Yellow Jersey winners won the Metz stage, which ends near the Centre Pompidou.
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. 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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