|Written by Jerry Santiago|
2009 Tour de France fans have a special treat this year that makes for great intangible wagering against the Tour de France odds. The excitement starts with Lance Armstrong’s return. 2009 Tour de France gambling is likely going to come down to a heated duel between Armstrong and teammate Alberto Contador who are neck and neck against the Tour de France odds.
Both Contador and Armstrong trailed Rinaldo Nocentini in the early stages of the 2009 Tour de France. Nocentini led Contador and Armstrong by less than 10 seconds against the Tour de France odds. Closing out the top 10 of the 2009 Tour de France through the eighth day were Levi Leipheimer, Bradley Wiggins, Andreas Kloden, Tony Martin, Christian Vande Velde, Andy Schleck, and Vincenzo Nibali.
Armstrong entered the 2009 Tour de France as a seven time winner while Contador was the winner in 2007. Last year’s winner, Carlos Sastre, was in 12th place after 8 stages of the 2009 Tour de France.
There is friction between teammates Armstrong and Contador and that is going to be a significant factor to consider when wagering on the 2009 Tour de France. Armstrong’s competitive juices have begun to flow as he has gone from saying he was simply pleased to be taking part in the 2009 Tour de France to now admitting to how much he wants to win it again. While Contador is favored to finish ahead of Armstrong it is now apparent that the king of the tour is not going to lie down and go away and that the Spaniard had better be at his best or face a surprise loss in the 2009 Tour de France.
Contador, like Armstrong, has no problem climbing the fierce and steep mountains of France and that makes him the prohibitive favorite against most of the field. It was on a mountain stage that the Spaniard pulled ahead of the American.
Doping has continued to be an issue at the event as both Armstrong and Contador were tested after the 8th stage. It only served to add to the ever growing tension yet to come!
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