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The 2012 Tour de France is nearly here, so it is time to start looking at all the online betting opportunities on the various legs throughout the race. The top cyclists in the world will travel all around the French countryside in hopes of adding their names to the prestigious list of past champions. Check out leg 8 on Sunday, July 8, that will travel from Belfort, a veteran stage city of the tour, to Porrentruy, in the Swiss city's first ever host of a stage on the Tour.
Tour de France Stage 8 Winner
Thibaut Pinot, the youngest rider in this field, won Stage 8 in relatively easy fashion. He cruised the 157.5 km course in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 10 seconds. Pinot gives France their first stage victory at this year's event.
This spectacular time was good enough for him to cross the finish line 26 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Cadel Evans. This was a solid run for Evans, but it didn't get him any closer to the yellow jersey.
That is due to the fact that the current holder of the yellow jersey, Bradley Wiggins, finished in fourth and in the same peloton as Evans. Stage 9 will be the third straight stage that Wiggins has worn the coveted yellow jersey.
Tour de France Betting Odds: Amongst medium mountains, this leg will prove difficult in its constant dips and climbs. The riders will claw their way up nearly a kilometer above sea level, climbing over 600 meters up from their starting point in Belfort.
A little less than half way through this relatively short leg, the riders will cross over from France to Switzerland. This should prove a grueling fight for many of the riders, who will face one last ascent about 20 meters from the finish line.
It will come just one day after another medium mountains stage that is 50 km longer, after three straight days of flat sprints. This will be the time when many of the champion contenders start to assert themselves, before the individual time-trial the next day.
At the end of this stage last year, the eventual winner, Cadel Evans, sat only a second behind the leader at the time, Thor Hushovd.
Let that be a lesson to those looking to make some Tour de France bets online. If you want insight on who will be in the hunt at the end, you need to pay attention to the standings at the beginning.
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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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