|Written by Jerry Santiago|
2009 Tour de France betting action was definitely enhanced with the return of Lance Armstrong, who has beaten the Tour de France odds 7 times in his career. 2009 Tour de France betting immediately increased when it was announced that Armstrong would be on the board as a favorite against the Tour de France odds.
Armstrong’s return to the 2009 Tour de France, his first appearance since last beating the Tour de France odds in 2005, has brought out a lot of strong emotions both good and bad. To some 2009 Tour de France betting fans, Armstrong is the most inspirational athlete in the world. He has beaten cancer and has been a machine at the Tour. To others, he is a fraud that has found a way to beat the doping tests that continue to be a cloud over the 2009 Tour de France. Beyond that, Armstrong is now in a battle and rivalry with teammate Alberto Contador, who is another favorite to win the 2009 Tour de France.
Contador was having a great season and has already won the Tour, the Giro d’Italia, and the Vuelta d’Espana within a 14 month span. But now Contador is dealing with a lot of tension regarding Armstrong and himself at the 2009 Tour de France and Armstrong has done much to fuel the fire with snippy comments and a fire to win the 2009 Tour de France for himself over his teammate.
Armstrong’s return, however, has to be considered a boost to the 2009 Tour de France as it has brought back significant attention and wagering action for the event not to mention the appearance of celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Jimmy Buffet, and Robin Williams, just to name a few.
Contador has the reputation as a powerful mountain climber that can turn it on and off as he pleases and has been a couple of seconds ahead of Armstrong in the Tour thus far. As the Tour heads to the Alps the conventional wisdom is that Contador is the prohibitive favorite that will blow away the field but Armstrong refuses to concede anything, and with his record of excellence he cannot be discounted despite over a decade of age difference between the teammates.
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