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Italian Vincenzo Nibali unbackable for 2014 Tour de France glory

Thu, Jul 24, 1:49pm by Dominic Ciconte

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali holds an insurmountable lead in the final stages of the Tour De France

ITALIAN maestro Vincenzo Nibali is just about home and hosed as the Tour de France reaches its stunning climax.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of markets to satisfy punters of the cycling variety.

If the Melbourne Cup is ‘the race that stops a nation’, then ‘Le Tour’ is the race that showcases a nation, the stunning scenery, superb racing and, of course, the chance to win a quid, all adding up to plenty of bleary eyes at work as Aussie punters try to stay awake into the early hours.

With four stages left, and stars Alberto Contador and Chris Froome on the sidelines, Nibali (unbackable at $1.01 with Sportsbet) may as well get that yellow jersey tattooed onto his back, because, barring injury or illness, he owns a whopping 5-minute, 26-second lead over Alejandro Valverde ($34).

Our own Aussie, Michael “Dodger” Rogers ($501), tasted sweet success in the massive 234.5 kilometre stage 16 – the first time the veteran has won a stage in 10 tours.
The triple world time trial champion will hope to build on that over the next four stages.

This morning, the stage 17 spoils went to Polish climber Rafal Majka. With an earlier triumph in the Alps, Majka, who rides for Tinkoff-Saxo, grabbed the 124.5km Pyrenean stage ahead of Italian Giovanni Visconti and Nibali.

Tonight, the focus shifts to stage 18, the 145km Pau-Haticam.

Friday night it’s stage 19, the 208km, Maubourguet Pays du Val’Adour – Bergerac, then Saturday’s short one, 54km, from Bergerac – Périgeux, and it ends on Sunday night with the 136km, Évry – Paris Champs-Élysées.

2015 Tour de France betting guide

Winner
Vincenzo Nibali $1.01
J C Peraud $34
Alejandro Valverde $41
T Pinot $67
R Bardet $151
T Van Garderen $301
Richie Porte $476
M Rogers $501
All others $501

If you want a bet without Nibali, you can get $1.67 about Peraud, $2.75 about Valverde or $8 for Pinot.

* Odds provided by www.sportsbet.com.au

Tonight: Stage 18 odds (Pau-Hautacam)
Vincenzo Nibali $3
Rafal Majka $4
Jean Christophe Peraud $10
Thibaut Pinot $13
Pierre Rolland $15
Joaquin Rodriguez $19
Alejandro Valverde $23
Romain Bardet $26
Christopher Horner $34
Alessandro De Marchi $34
Mikel Nieve $34
Jose Serpa $41
Leopold Konig $41
Frank Schleck $51
Michael Rogers $81

* Odds provided by www.sportsbet.com.au

Sportsbet.com.au has a nifty little market on the top French rider tonight. Jean Christophe Peraud is the overwhelming favourite at $1.20, but we like young star – and holder of the White Jersey – Thibaut Pinot to continue his stunning Tour at $4. Romain Bardet ($23) and Pierre Rolland ($81) are the outsiders.

Where can you watch the Tour de France?

SBS broadcasts every stage of the Tour live and also streams live online at Cycling Central.
It also has daily highlights at 7:30am and 6pm on SBS ONE, every day.

Thursday 24 July
Stage 18: 145km, Pau – Hautacam
(Live coverage begins online at Cycling Central at 9pm AEST)
AEST 10pm – SBS ONE
ACST 9:30pm – SBS ONE
AWST 8:30pm – SBS ONE

Friday 25 July
Stage 19: 208km, Maubourguet Pays du Val’Adour – Bergerac
AEST 10pm – SBS ONE
ACST 9:30pm – SBS ONE
AWST 8:30pm – SBS ONE

Saturday 26 July
Stage 20: 54km, Bergerac – Périgeux
AEST 10pm – SBS ONE
ACST 9:30pm – SBS ONE
AWST 8:30pm – SBS ONE

Sunday 27 July
Stage 21: 136km, Évry – Paris Champs-Élysées
AEST 9:30pm Review Show including live coverage of La Course women’s race – SBS ONE
AEST 11pm Live race – SBS ONE
ACST 10pm Review show – SBS ONE
ACST 10:30pm Live race – SBS ONE
AWST10pm Live race only – SBS ONE

Better luck next year – 2015 Tour de France odds

Did you back a rider not named Nibali in this year’s Tour de France?

Fear not, you can already lay your hard-earned on next year’s winner.

Sportsbet.com.au has Kenyan-born Pom Chris Froome, last year’s Tour winner, the warm favourite at $2.88. Nibali is next in line at $4, but you can expect him to shorten if and when he is crowned this year’s winner.

Controversial Spaniard Alberto Contador, who still lays claim to two of his three Tour de France wins (the 2010 one stripped after he was found guilty of a doping offence), crashed out in stage 10 and suffered a fractured shin, but still shares the third line of betting with Columbian specialist climber Nairo Quintana at $4.50.

If you’re feeling patriotic, you can get a whopping $251 about New South Welshman Rogers. Juicy or foolish, depending on how you look at it, at least you’ll have added reason to fly the Aussie flag.

Tour de France 2015 betting guide
Christopher Froome $2.88
Vincenzo Nibali $4
Alberto Contador $4.50
Nairo Quintana $4.50
Tejay Van Garderen $34
Rigoberto Uran $34
Romain Bardet $41
Richie Porte $41
Alejandro Valverde $51
Andrew Talansky $51
Thibaut Pinot $51
Michal Kwiatkowski $67
Rui Costa $67
Fabio Aru $67
Joaquin Rodriguez $67
Rafal Majka $81
Wilco Kelderman $81
Carlos Betancur $101
Bradley Wiggins $101
Pierre Rolland $151
Roman Kreuziger $151
Bauke Mollema $151
Jurgen Van Den Broeck $151
Leopold Konig $151
Laurens ten Dam $201
Tony Martin $201
Jean Christophe Peraud $251
Samuel Sanchez $251
Esteban Chaves $251
Jakob Fuglsang $251
Mathias Frank $251
Ryder Hesjedal $251
Daniel Martin $251
Michael Rogers $251 @ Sportsbet.com.au


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