|Written by Jerry Santiago|
2009 Tour de France betting fans are focused on the increasing rivalry of teammates Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador against the Tour de France odds. 2009 Tour de France handicapping, however, offers other top riders to consider for action against the Tour de France odds starting with the top ranked Rinaldo Nocentini.
Nocentini led the 2009 Tour de France and the Italian figures to be a leading contender to beat the Tour de France odds. He has 7 career wins in other tours heading into the 2009 Tour de France.
Contador was the winner of the 2007 Tour and has had the hot hand entering the 2009 Tour de France as he has also won Tours of Italy and Spain. He entered the 2009 Tour de France with 6 career wins in other tours and with momentum.
Armstrong, Contador’s Astana teammate is the 7 time winner of this Tour and entered the 2009 Tour de France with 16 career wins. Armstrong has gone out of his way to cause friction and tension with Contador as he seemingly wants to rattle the Spaniard. While Contador has played down the tension between the teammates Armstrong has made it known that there is tension and a rivalry between the two.
Another American is among the contenders at the 2009 Tour de France as Levi Leipheimer was in 4th place. He was the winner of the Tour of Castille and Leon as well as the Tour of California. He entered the 2009 Tour de France as a four time top ten finisher.
Bradley Wiggins of England was in fifth place for the Tour. Wiggins has won 3 Olympic Gold Medals and 6 World Championship Gold Medals as one of the most respected riders in the world.
Another Astana teammate of Contador and Armstrong, Andreas Kloden, was in sixth place. The German has had a record of being a top contender at the Tour as he finished second to Armstrong in 2004 and was also second at the Tour in 2006.
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