Armstrong 2nd In Tour de France and BettingPublished July 21, 2009 by OCR Editor
Seven-time Tour winner behind Alberto Contador in the field and betting.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is second in the overall standings and second in the betting as the competitors enter Stage 16 of the 21-Stage tour.
Armstrong is 16/1 at William Hill Sports and a mere 21.00 at Ladbrokes to win the competition yet again, behind favorite Alberto Contador of Spain (1/10 at Will Hill, 1.08 at Ladbrokes).
The competition has by now entered the mountain stage along the French-Swiss border, a section of the race that traditionally turns the tour on its head, as the sprinters that have an advantage early on fall back into the pack. Stage 16 will have the cyclists rise to 2,469m, over a 159km road up the Grand-Saint-Bernard Pass.
Contador is favorite at both William Hill Sports and Ladbrokes to win the Stage, while Armstrong's odds fall behind such cyclists as Franco Pellizotti and Andy Schleck.
With the tour seemingly a two-horse race between Armstrong and Contador, bookmakers are also offering specials on the "king of the mountains," and the winners of the green jersey for best sprinter and white jersey for best young rider.
As usual, Irish online bookmaker Paddy Power is offering some extra specials on the competition, including betting for team classification and for Contador against the field.
In team classification, Astana with Contador and Armstrong on board, is a hot 1.30 favorite to be named the best team on the tour. The team's favoritism is all the more remarkable given it was on the verge of financial collapse earlier this year. Team Saxo Bank, 5/1, and Ag2R, 7/1 are the other contenders.
Contador is 1/12 favorite to win at Paddy Power, while the chances of a winner coming from the rest of the field are 11/2.