What does the British Cycling press think are best bets?
As a way of getting a second opinion I decided that fans of the blog may like to hear others thoughts on betting on the Tour de France. I sent round an email to the great and the good of the British Cycling Press and here are their tips.
Richard Moore (The Scotsman)
Dan Martin for king of the mountains. Why not? I think he can “do a Robert Millar”, win a mountain stage and KoM, thus becoming only the second English speaker ever to win it, and the first since 84…
Jerome Coppell to finish top 6. 6th, to be precise. He’s a good rider, rode a good Tour last year and is having a good season. So: pretty good.
Andy McGrath (Cycle Sport)
Rui Costa at 500-1 is good for a few quid. Just in case. That’s my winter booze budget sorted if he wins (I drink a lot).
Peter Velits is a steal at 150-1. This someone who finished on the Vuelta podium, chiefly through riding a strong time-trial and is physiologically coming into his prime. He has shrugged off the injury problems of 2011 and won a tough stage race this year. While it all depends how old Levi is going, that late inclusion of twin, confusingly-identical brother Martin can only be good news for that Slovakian Beach Boy lookalike.
I think Dan Martin too, but given his poor time-trialling, I fear he might be put to work shepherding Tom Danielson in the mountains to a revelatory eighth place finish.
Vanendert a handy bet for King of the Mountains, I reckon.
Daniel Friebe (Various)
Winning margin of more than two minutes is 5-1 with sportingbet. These are crazy odds. Tours won by less than two minutes are in the minority in 110 years of Tour history.