|Written by Michelle Allan|
2009 Tour de France action features the return of seven time champion Lance Armstrong, who will be one of the favorites against the Tour de France odds. 2009 Tour de France gambling will feature many factors to consider when handicapping the Tour de France odds as there are many new faces to consider and tougher doping standards.
Armstrong’s return gives the 2009 Tour de France a most needed shot in the arm as betting the Tour de France odds has not been the same since Armstrong’s final victory in 2005.
Armstrong is 37 years old and had many reasons for launching a comeback for the 2009 Tour de France. Armstrong missed the life of a world class athlete and wanted to race at the highest possible level, which put him in the 2009 Tour de France. Armstrong tried retirement and concentrating on his many businesses but is simply too competitive to stay on the sidelines and so he enters 2009 Tour de France action as the biggest name and star but also as a legitimate favorite though he may be something of an overlay on the board due to his immense name recognition and popularity with the masses that are betting on the 2009 Tour de France.
Handicapping the 2009 Tour de France will include the doping factor, unfortunately, which has severely tarnished the sport overall. While only a small percentage of those competing in the 2009 Tour de France actually dope, the reputation of the sport is that everyone does it and it’s hard for officials to detect. Many cyclists have taken it upon themselves to clean the sport up and it has had a positive effect.
While Armstrong is known as the most tested athlete in the history of sports there has always been a cloud over his head about doping. Armstrong is also coming off a broken collar bone injury earlier this year but many think that actually helped him as he was able to rest and focus for the Tour.
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