|Written by Jerry Santiago|
2009 Tour de France betting is now focused on the prohibitive favorite against the Tour de France odds Alberto Contador of team Astana, who blew away the field Sunday. 2009 Tour de France fans know that with the incredible mountain climbs still to come that the Tour de France odds could be turned upside down with upset contenders lurking.
To be sure, Contador will have to suffer an epic collapse or a horrific incident of bad luck to blow the 2009 Tour de France. But such things have happened in the past against the Tour de France odds and that is why they race all of the stages all the way to Paris.
Lance Armstrong was 1:37 behind Contador and in second place for the 2009 Tour de France. Armstrong is known as a great mountain climber, as is Contador, but the rust of taking four years off from the Tour is beginning to show as he faded badly on the steep climb Sunday. Armstrong even admitted that he is no match for Contador in the 2009 Tour de France and that he will have to play a supporting role to his Astana teammate.
Bradley Wiggins was third in the 2009 Tour de France standings at 1:46 behind the leader. Wiggins hails from Great Britain and he has basically said that he is incapable of beating Contador for the 2009 Tour de France. Wiggins has improved his climbing ability and was confident that he could finish in the top twenty for the 2009 Tour de France. Two time runner up Cadel Evans from Australia believes in Wiggins, however, and stated that the Brit can take the 2009 Tour de France.
Team Astana has dominated the Tour so far and has yet another rider contending as Andreas Kloden was in fourth place. The German last won in 2008 with the Tour de Romandie and has twice been a runner up in this event.
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg was in fifth place and vows to attack all the way to the end. He has remained upbeat saying that there is plenty of racing yet to come and that Contador is capable of having a bad day.
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