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People bet on Tour de France cycling odds across the globe and BookMaker customers can be prepared for the action by reading every Tour de France preview. Start filling your brain with biking knowledge and start cashing wagers today! Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour de France is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, and will start in Tomblaine and finish at La Planche des Belles Filles.
Tour de France Stage 7 Winner
Bradley Wiggins of Belgium is the overall leader after Stage 7 of the Tour de France, but the stage belonged to his teammate Christopher Froome.
The Kenyan-born but British-licensed Froome aided his teammate's cause to hold off Cadel Evans and then captured his own triumph.
In the rough and tumble final 100 meters, Froome out-climbed Evans. It was the first win of a stage for Froome in his career, and it was huge because it was the first mountaintop finish.
He earned the polka-dot jersey for the event's best mountain-climbing rider. Team SKY made a big statement in this stage, with Froome's finishing first and Wiggins' finishing third. They solidified themselves as the premier climbing team.
These steep stages and finishes are the aspects of the event that separate the men from the boys, and Froome proved to be the best man today.
The leader through most of the first six stages, Fabian Cancellara, faded in this stage.
It was an expected fall for Cancellara, who simply didn't have the power to compete in the mountain stages.
Tour de France Betting Odds: Puncheurs that have fallen back in the group have a chance to make up ground in Stage 7.
Featuring a pair of new host cities, Stage 7 is a medium-mountain leg of the Tour that spans 199 kilometers. There are three major peaks to climb after getting out of Tomblaine and past the Sainte-Helena hills.
Cyclists that can use quick bursts to climb over the short but steep inclines will have a chance to win this stage that ends at La Planche des Belles Filles. The 1,035-meter ascent to finish has an average gradient of 8.5 percent but some areas are as sheer as 13 percent.
Tour de France bettors will surely need to select a complete mountain climber for this stage, possibly one of the Schleck brothers.
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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