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Froome blows the race to pieces!
He was the favourite for the stage but before the final climb it seemed there might be contenders other than Chris Froome. At the finish of stage eight in Ax-3-Domaines, it would seem that there was only one man who can win the title at the 100th edition of the Tour de France. The Kenyan-born Brit was so dominant on the final climb that no one else seems to have a chance. Of course there are still over two weeks of racing ahead but so far, everything is going to plan for the Sky team. Not only did its leader win the stage, but the super-domestique Richie Porte came second and the pair are in first and second place overall at the end of the first day in the mountains. Former champions of the race - Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans - all suffered significant blows in stage eight finishing behind Froome by 1'46», 3'35» and 4'14», respectively. The Movistar team added to the show with an impressive attack by Nairo Quintana who takes the white jersey in his Tour debut, and the leader Valverde who was the closest rival to the Sky pair. But this was a day when the favourites absolutely dominated and all others faltered... or at least were made to look as though they had. It was domination by one team and survival by the rest.
The Tour de France is just about set to get started, as all of the best bike riders in the world will get together for this four-week event. Cycling betting enthusiasts are going to be psyched up for Stage 8 of this event, and we'll have all of the coverage for it here at BookMaker Sportsbook!
On Saturday, July 6th, the Tour de France will continue with Stage 8, which will start in Castres and span all the way through the Pyrenees to Ax 3 Domaines. The NBC Sports Network will have live television coverage of this stage for cycling betting fans in the United States.
To the mountains we go! After running through 1,150 kilometers, one of the most rugged stages will be on tap for Day 8 of the Tour de France, and this is where we are really going to see the separation from the top teams and riders to the rest of the pack. This is where your cycling betting picks are going to be crucial to make if you think you can find the one rider that is set to win the Tour de France.
The stage starts off in Castres, just south of where the previous stage leaves off at Albi. The actual distance as a crow flies in this race that will be covered couldn't possibly be more than about 100 kilometers or so, but thanks to the long, winding roads that go through the Pyrenees Mountains, there are 195 kilometers to travel on the bike, which will make this one of the longer races in terms of time that the riders are going to have to endure.
The first 130 kilometers or so of this race aren't all that bad, knowing that the run from Castres to that first mountainside isn't horrifying. However, if your rider that you back on the cycling betting odds can't get up one of the steepest inclines that he'll face over the course of the whole Tour de France, forget about it. Once this incline gets started, it has to feel like it just isn't going to stop. The total distance is 15.3 kilometers, and the incline is right around 8%. At its peak at the Col de Pailheres, the riders will be 2,000 meters above sea level.
This stage doesn't just have one massive climb, though. The grueling climb is the one up the Ax 3 Domaines right at the end of the race. The last 7.8 kilometers of Stage 8 are literally straight up a hill at an 8.2% incline, and only the strongest will even truly succeed at getting to the finish line.
These mountain stages of course, are where Lance Armstrong used to dominate when he was riding in the Tour de France. Now, those playing the cycling betting lines know that the Spaniards are the riders to really watch out for when the elevations get tough. Last year alone, Luis Leon Sanchez and Alejandro Valverder both won mountain stages. This year, Alberto Contador figures to be one of the favorites on all of these mountain stages, and there is a good possibility that he reaches the line first in at least one, if not more of the grueling horrors that come in these high elevation stages.
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